A Letter To My Roommate, My True Friend

A Letter To My Roommate, My True Other Half

Best friends are the people in life that makes you laugh a little louder, smile a little brighter, and live a little better.


I went into college terrified that I would come out of my freshman year of college with a roommate horror story. A few of my older friends that had already went to college complained about their freshman year roommates and talked to me about how much they fought with their roommate and disagreed with everything they had done that past year. So many people have told me while I was preparing to leave this past August about how hard it is to get long with someone you do not know especially when you are living with them for an extended period of time. This, however, is not the cases when it comes to my roommate, Hayley Rosenhagen. If someone would have told me a year ago that one of my absolute best friends would be from Granger, Indiana (a town I have never even heard of until I met Hayley), I would not have believed them at all. I mean it so much when I say that Hayley is truly a blessing in my life. She is the one who holds me up when all I want to do is fall down. She is the person who tells me that I am beautiful and a "bad bitch" when my self-esteem is nowhere to be found and for that I am forever grateful.


When we first started messaging each other on Instagram after I found you on the Ball State roommate search page, I thought we would not end up clicking like we did. I thought you would end up ditching me like the other people I had talked to in the past had done. After the few days we had talked, I knew we were meant to be roommates. The months leading up to move in day and after numerous amounts of Snapchats and text messages shared between us, I knew that we work out living together just fine. I was so excited to finally be your roommate.

I want to thank you so much for accepting me and making me realize that I am worth so much more than I think I am. Thank you for always being my sidekick whenever I need a partner in crime. Whether it is Sunday night Walmart runs, daily crying sessions over school or boys, our jam sessions at any time, or our Saturday night hangouts in our dorm, you are always there for me right away as soon as I need you. Thank you for being my home away from home and thank you for my other half here in Muncie. I love you with my whole heart and I am so glad I have you as my forever friend.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.


To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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College Can Be Difficult, But Trust Yourself, Girl

Life can throw you curveballs sometimes, and times can get tough, but it is SO important to pick yourself up and trust that you can do anything.


I'll be honest, this school year was one of the hardest years of my life. There were lots of moments throughout the year that I just wanted to go home and get away from it all. I had to be reminded that I have been raised to try as hard as you possibly can, and I was doing that. It took some determination and time, but I didn't give up.

No matter how bad I felt, I stayed and persevered.

Now that I am home for the summer, I have been reminiscing on the past two semesters of school. At the beginning of the school year, I had a much different idea of how it would go. It was going to be "my year," but somehow while the year was going on, I felt that I had been completely wrong. It's easy to come to quick conclusions when life doesn't exactly go your way. Conclusions like "this year has been the worst year ever" and "I can never get a break" were often popping up in my head. My grades weren't where I wanted them, and I was surprised by a lot of occurrences that I never expected to happen (imagine a wild ride). I found out who my true friends are and who I could rely on, and luckily, my circle only grew. Being extremely extroverted, it was hard for me to get out and just do something. Being in this "rut" took a toll on me. I had to make those hard decisions about doing what was best for me in the long run instead of doing something just for the moment. Trust me when I say, this was NOT easy at all.

Through all the tears and change all around me, I decided to proceed to the finish line because I am NOT a quitter.

I decided that it was time for me to allow myself to fully, undeniably be me. I wanted to start doing the little things I enjoy again like working out, taking pictures, and simply just going out to do anything. I started forcing myself to take any opportunity that came my way, and it helped. One of the things that brought me so much joy was kickboxing – talk about therapeutic, people! Kickboxing at least three times a week helped my mood shift so much, and it was a start to seeing me again. I am so blessed with friends who would come over at, literally, any time of the day. Spending time with them helped me more than they could ever know. We did anything from just hanging out in my living room to splurging on a fun dinner. Through everything that I was doing daily, I was learning how to rely on myself. Looking back now, I have never really had to know what it felt like to rely mainly on myself. I did get so much help from my family and friends, but what good could their help do if I didn't want to help myself first?

Even though I felt like this was one of the worst years of my life, it taught me so much more than I ever expected. Looking back now, I grew so, so much. I learned how to smile when times get tough. I learned that it really is okay to not be okay sometimes, and it will be okay eventually. I learned that it's okay to ask for help because we weren't made to do life alone. Most importantly, I learned how to trust myself. My hope for anyone reading this, you will learn from my experience that the worst seasons get better. I am in such a good place right now because I never gave up, and I will continue to never give up. In a short amount of time, I am seeing how far I have come and how much I grew.

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