Two Dozen And Then Some Thank-Yous To The College Friends Who Are No Longer 'Just Friends'

Two Dozen And Then Some Thank-Yous To The College Friends Who Are No Longer 'Just Friends'

Ten months living together in a hole in the wall qualifies you as family.
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As I sat on my recently delofted bed, across from the two gals who have made BGSU my second home, the nostalgic feelings have me in my feels about how far we have come. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. It is time to thank them for everything.

Thank you for experiencing all the college firsts with me.

Thank you for dancing with me

Thank you for putting up with the Pinterest obsessed plans I have.

Thank you for helping me to find my balance.

Thank you for entertaining me for hours.

Thank you for loving me at my lowest.

Thank you for supporting me at my highs.

Thank you for making the island tropical on rainy days

Thank you for making Kreischitty City a little less sh*tty

Thank you for accepting my moods.

Tay, Thank you for never turning off HGTV when I constantly have it running, Chip and Jo appreciate it as much as I do.

Erin, Thank you for learning to appreciate the same music as me and embracing the country lifestyle, George Straight here we come.

Thank you for disliking the same people as me, and always allowing me to excessively vent.

Thank you for being constant encouragement, especially when it comes to making me feel loved.

Thank you for never being too busy for an outtakes trip.

Thank you for getting excited about sunsets and Chick-fil-a and target and comfy sweaters, cozy socks, and great smelling candles.

Thank you for allowing me to record the silly times, for me to look back on when I’m sad.

Thank you for being building me up when I had my heart broken.

Thank you for crying with me over chegg, tickets, homesickness, and stupid boys.

Thank you for introducing me to the bachelor, I hate you though.

Thank you for the endless jam sessions, for the dance parties on Tuesday nights.

Thank you for reminding me that Jesus is on my side.

Thank you for encouraging me to push myself towards my passions, and to pursue my dreams.

Thank you for quite literally holding my hands this year.

Y’all really are one of the best things to ever happen to me. Your advice means more to me than anyone’s and I cherish every memory I have with you. I am immensely proud of each of you and the people you have grown to be over the past school year, through all the crazy twists and turns we have taken this year. I can’t wait to see what we accomplish in our time here at bowling green and beyond.

Thank you for showing me what it means to have friends who care and who love me and who don’t have to be exactly like me for us to get along. I so appreciate that you have taught me to embrace who I am and learn to love the person that I am, even if you don’t realize that you are.

That being said, I also have a few apologies to give.

To both of you, I am incredibly sorry for picking up on all of your lingo and gestures.

Tay, I am sorry for yelling in my sleep, for not keeping up with my laundry, and for delofting my bed before you.

And Erin, I am sorry I introduced you to Remey and that you’re stuck dating him now *wink*

I am also SO sorry that you both have to live with me next year, except- I’m not at all. Thank you for making this year what it has been. I couldn’t have done it without yall.

Most importantly, thank you for just getting me. You appreciate my flaws and never hesitate to tell me when I’m wrong.

Our old doom rooms will soon be filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that we have made in that room, and how it used to be our home. I can only hope that they will have the relationship we had together to reflect on in the years to come.

Here’s to 115. I love y’all. Talons up.

Cover Image Credit: Erika Glover

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When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

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Your Dreams Aren't Big Enough If They Don't Scare You

It's okay to be scared and uncertain of the path you chose for yourself. It may not be easy, but it will be rewarding.

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It's a quote I came across a while ago on the internet. It's simple and short, yet the truth of the words hold a deep truth.

~ If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough. ~

As a college student, I sometimes struggle to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The routine becomes monotonous: drink coffee, go to class, study, do homework, eat, sleep, repeat.

Soon I find myself in a pile of books and homework and I'm losing motivation. But then something reminds me of my end goal, of my dream.

Sometimes it's volunteering, sometimes it's an Instagram picture of someone who has achieved my goal, and sometimes it randomly hits me like a slap in the face.

The career path that aligns with my passion is not an easy one. Every time I look at the statistics of the acceptance rates, or I meet another student who is on the same path as me, my chest becomes tight and anxiety creeps in.

Will I be good enough? Can I do this? If I get there, will I succeed?

Of course, it doesn't help when there are people who don't believe in you, who are whispering things to get you to change your major or who think they know you well enough and predict that you won't make it.

They are obstacles, and as you come closer to achieving your goal, the obstacles that are attempting to block your path double.

If you need to hear it from anyone if you need a sign from the universe to tell you that your future may be uncertain and the path to get there is scary, but that it will all be worth it in the end? If you came across this article, then take it as a sign. It will be worth it.

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