What I've Learned From My Roommates This Semester

What I've Learned From My Roommates This Semester

And here's to another fun-filled 5 months.

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As a freshman living in Fairview, I didn't know what to expect from having so many roommates. I was honestly terrified that none of us would get along, and while everyone has their moments, I've been so inspired by some of the women around me for so many different reasons. So, this is my way of saying 'thank you' for everything you have taught me, and I can't wait to keep learning from you.

To Madison:

Thank you for helping me learn how to always stay positive. You always get excited over some of the seemingly smallest of things, but from that, I've learned that reasons to be happy don't just come from the big moments. I live for the moments when you come into the room after class to tell me something funny that happened, because those moments, while small, bring so much light to the both of us. The night we both couldn't sleep, and we had a mini dance party or the night we watched dance videos, or all the times we just look at each other and know what the other is thinking, have shown me how to find happiness in the small moments. And just so you know, I am absolutely positive that I have the best roommate.

To Anna:

Thank you for showing me how to keep persevering, even in the darkest of moments. When I first met you, I was captivated by your personality, your bubbliness, and your almost constant smile. I can't imagine going through everything you have gone through this past semester. However, I can say that I am so thankful you are here. Being with you almost every day this past semester, I've learned how to keep going, to push myself to smile even in the hardest moments. And even though my difficulties this semester don't compare to yours, you exemplifying how to keep a smile on your face even when it's hard, has made each one of my days a little bit better. While I'll never be as smiley as you, I try every day to make someone laugh the way that you make me, because your perseverance has shown me that part of making every day brighter is by being around the people that make you laugh the most.

To Brenna:

Thank you for teaching me how to care for others unconditionally. Even in times when I know you must be stressed, you always ask how my day is. You always want to make sure that the people around you, that you care about, are okay. The times I've woken up with a sore throat, have complained about being too stressed or get a little too frustrated with someone, you are always there to ask if I need to talk, or need some sleepy time tea. I'm inspired by the way that you care so much about those around you, and I aspire to make even one person feel as cared about as you make so many others around you feel.

To Blair:

Thank you for teaching me to be brave, and for showing me what it means to always stand behind your opinions. Oh! And always fact check before you make claims. No matter how cheesy this sounds, every day you wake up and conquer the day. Despite everything you have going on, things that I can't relate to, you always keep pushing. You have this ability to not let the fear of what the day holds keep you from trying. You deal with everything that is happening, inside and outside of school, with such strength, and seeing you do this day in and day out has shown me what it means to be fearless. But, even with all that incredible strength, I envy, your ability to express your emotions, and how you let people in, has also shown me what it means to be brave. Since living with you, I have gained the courage to always voice my opinion, to be brave in showing a different side of myself to others, all things I wouldn't have been able to do if I didn't spend almost all my time with you.

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Until I made this list, I didn't realize how absurdly close my roommate and I were. #sorrynotsorry
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Let's be real: you and your roommate have said these things at least one to each other.

1. "Can you turn the light off?"

2. "We probably shouldn't go out for dinner again...right?"

*Complains about not having money* *Spends $8 on Chipotle three times a week*

3. "I always pick where we go"

This is a fight you have with your roommate almost every day when you're roommate is as indecisive as mine.

4. "Do you have my keys?"

5. "Can you pick me up?"

6. "Is it hot in here?"

7. "Does this outfit look stupid?"

The answer is usually yes. No offense.

8. "Can you throw this out for me?"

9. "Can we get ice cream?"

10. "I need coffee."

This text is usually sent when you know your roomie is out running errands... errands you know are near a Starbucks.

11. "Can you tell me what happened?"

12. "Are you asleep?"

There have been times where I couldn't tell if you were asleep or dead... and I had to say this out loud to check if you were alive.

13. "Check your DM's."

*Cracks up in the middle of nowhere* *Catches a weird stare from your roomie across the room*

14. "Can you plug this in for me?"

15. "Can you pick a movie?"

Another instance where "I always pick" happens.

16. "Look at this girl's Instagram."

*Chucks phone across the room at roommate*

17. "Can you call me?"

18. "Can we meet up?"

19. "Can you help me find my phone?"

*Tries to leave the house to do something* *Loses phone* Every. Time.

20. "What should we do tonight?"

*Tries to get ready to do something fun* *Ends up staying in for another girls' night*

21. "Why isn't everyone as great as us?"

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Finding Your Niche In College Starts With Finding You

Attempting to be someone you are not for the sake of having company only hurts you in the long run.

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Transitioning to college is hard enough, but trying to find a place where you feel "at home" can make this time even more stressful. Here are some tips on how to find that place/group of people that make you feel like sunshine.

I have always felt a little out of place wherever I went, but it wasn't until college that I realized that this feeling was so special and more people should capitalize on their differences rather than conforming to a certain mold. Transitioning to college and finding your place among so many people can be very overwhelming. The added stress of attempting to be someone you aren't for the sake of having company adds a whole other layer to this problem. The easiest thing for me to do in any situation like this is trying to make the setting a little smaller. One of the most obvious ways to do this on a college campus is by getting involved!

It is inevitable that within the first few weeks of the semester at any college, there will be an organization fair. This is a chance to scope out all that your school has to offer! Chances are there will be some type of group or club that lines up with your interests. Most college campuses have extracurricular opportunities ranging from social sororities and fraternities, professional ones, intermural sports, vocal groups, and so many more. You are more than likely going to find some type of organization that you can call home if you seek them out. Joining an organization is such an easy way to interact with people with similar interests. An interest can bring two completely different people together and create some beautiful friendships. It is situations like this where it is important to be your authentic self and mingle with those you share something with.

That being said, finding your place in college isn't always about being involved. Getting involved on campus is just one of the simplest ways to start. There are so many other opportunities on campus to meet people whether it be among others in your residence hall, people in your classes, or just people you find yourself stumbling upon! Finding people to spend your time with is easy; however, you should make it a point to surround yourself with people who bring you up.

Once you have a set group of people that you find yourself spending time with, it is important to pay attention to the way you feel when you're around them. If you find yourself feeling bad about yourself or get the impression that you need to change something in order to "fit in," chances are the people you're around are not the best for you or your self-esteem. It is important to surround yourself with people who allow you to feel comfortable in your own skin. That being said, you also want people who encourage you to make good decisions and help you reach your goals. People who encourage toxic behavior in your life might be fun in the short term, but in the grand scheme of things, you need to be surrounded by people with your best interest in mind. Essentially, surrounding yourself with people who influence you to be your best self is one of the best decisions you can make short and long term.

The key to all of this is being conscious of your own feelings and needs. Pay attention to who reaches out to you to hang out. Notice the ones who pay attention to you as you speak when it feels like no one is listening. More than anything, be conscious of who you're with and where you're at when you experience moments of pure happiness. Life is too short to waste your precious time on people who don't build you up. Wouldn't you rather spend your time with more moments of pure joy than self-hate? Start living for you!

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