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.


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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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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An Open Letter To My Childhood Best Friend

To Molly Zucker, I hope this article makes everyone surrounding you hear your obnoxious, priceless laugh.


Dear childhood best friend,

When I look back on my childhood, there is only one person who reminds me of home: you. After moving out of state and time passing on, it's easy to forget where you came from and parts of your childhood. However, the minute I see your face and hear your goofy laugh, the feeling of home returns. You bring out the fun and young in me because let's be honest, you turned out to be the adventurous spontaneous one and I'm just a boring nerd in Organic Chemistry. No one can make my pure childhood laughs come out or make me feel as free-spirited and lively as much as you do.

Lexi Garber

We used to ride our bikes around town, eat salt and vinegar chips until our tongues burned, and do each other's makeup and nails. We would go to the mall and dress ourselves in this horrendous outfits, but ones that we actually thought were cute at the time (Why did you let me wear half of the stuff I did?) We wrote each other cards during Recess and talked about how much we would gossip on our Friday night sleepovers. I could recognize your cupcake vanilla perfume scent from a mile away, even from this day and when I do smell it, it brings back such a warm and comforting familiar feeling.

Lexi Garber

We would talk about what our future would be like, how fun high school would be and what it would be like if we went to the same college. I didn't know that I would move before all of that but little did I know we would remain best friends and talk every day still to this day. Although there are moments where it hurts me that I didn't get to watch you grow out of your crazy, middle school self and into this beautiful and amazing girl, I know one day we will be close in distance again. We still talk about our future like we know what's going to happen and hopefully, we will live together in NYC one day, like we've always talked about. Who knows where we will both end up, but no matter how far we are in distance, we will always be close at heart.

Lexi Garber

The best part of being long distance best friends is that when our other friends annoy us, we can randomly Facetime each other at any time for a quick laugh and a reminder of how sacred our special bond is. We get to plan trips to see each other and show each other what has changed in our lives, but there is one thing that will never change: our friendship. So here's to you being my maid of honor, crazy aunt for my future kids, my soulmate, best friend and partner in crime. You bring out the happiness and best in me and I will love you always and forever.


Your childhood best friend

Lexi Garber

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