An Open Letter To My Parents As I Go Back To School

An Open Letter To My Parents As I Go Back To School

As I head back to school

Despite all my excitement to be leaving home, I will miss you! I hope that you guys know that you can’t be replaced and that I will always need you. Please do not see my excitement as a lack of love for you. I know you guys will miss my messy room so please, stop trying to convince me you won’t. And Mom, you’ll even miss me forgetting to take out the trash, don’t deny it.

Mom, I will miss our late night chats and the girls’ nights. You are always there for me and I’m so glad that our relationship has grown beyond a mom and daughter one to being awesome friends. As you always say “I’m on your back because I’m the only one that’s got it”. I’ve seen the truth in that year after year and all I can say is thank you. Thank you for lifting me up when I was down and for never letting me stop believing in myself. Also, please don’t watch too much Scandal without me! Elton John said it best, “I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words, how wonderful life is while you’re in the world”.

Dad, you have coached me through every sport and through every year, I have to say I miss those sideline chats. Whether I had seven goals or had missed every shot, you always had someway for me to improve my game. You have always pushed me to be stronger, faster, and overall a better person. You kept me humble and hungry for success, after all we both know that the legs feed the wolves. You taught me to do things for myself no matter what anyone else thinks. As Herb Brooks said “Common men go nowhere, you have to be uncommon”. You taught me to be uncommon, to push myself in everything I do. I’ve learned so much from you, thank you. Even though I don’t want to be an engineer, I can hear your words in my mind before every test “You can always be an engineer” and it motivates me to do better.

You have always told us, your kids, that we are your calling cards. There isn’t anything you wouldn’t do for us and I want you to know that we are forever grateful. I can only hope that I am making you proud of me. You have raised me to be strong enough to handle all the stress of college and living on my own, I can do this so please don’t worry. I know it’s your job to worry but have faith that you taught me to make good choices and to be a strong young woman. I owe it all to you guys. I am chasing my dreams because you, my parents, have given me the wings to shoot for the moon. Thank you, for every sacrifice you have made on my behalf and I know I probably didn’t deserve a lot of them.

Cover Image Credit: Barb Piepmeyer

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6 Places in New York City Every "Friends" Fan Needs to Visit

Grab a cup of coffee at Central Park.

As a Friends fanatic myself, I often wonder about the places in New York City featured in the various episodes and whether I could actually visit them. Most of them are fictional or no longer exist, but there are a few places you can go to reminisce about your favorite Friends moments. So, here are 6 places in New York City you definitely need to visit as a Friends fan.

1. The Apartment Building, Obviously

The building used for the exterior shot of the apartments in Friends is real, and is located at 90 Bedford Street at the corner of Grove Street in Greenwich Village. It's an obvious must-see.

2. The Pullitzer Fountain

This is the fountain that the friends danced around in for the iconic theme song, and it's located right in Central Park.

3. Bloomingdale's

This is the department where Rachel worked before she moved on to Ralph Lauren, where she met Joshua, and where she started her career in fashion.

4. The Plaza Hotel

This is where Monica and Chandler celebrated their engagement in The One WIth Monica's Thunder, and is actually really gorgeous.

5. The Central Perk Replica

While Central Perk isn't a real coffee shop, a pop-up replica opened up in 2014 on Lafayette Street and it's definitely a must-visit.

6. Chandler's Office

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My Roommate Dressed Me For A Week, And I Have Thoughts

Find you a roomie that will go through your closet to pick out your clothes for five days in a row.


Since I'm a college student, I don't see a point in putting effort into choosing my outfit each day. My go-to outfit is a sweatshirt with ripped jeans and converse. Sometimes I'll wear a nice shirt with a cardigan, but that is rare.

So, when I was going through what I wanted to take back home (since I didn't wear them), I asked for my roommate's approval and she selected a handful of shirts to keep. Since I had gotten rid of half of my clothes, she thought it was a good idea for her to decide what I should wear since I wouldn't do it on my own. Not only was she right, but she actually did it.

For this challenge, I was able to pick out my undergarments, socks, and shoes. My roommate chose my shirt, pants, and accessories.


Christina Stover

Starting the week off, my roommate went with a nice sweater and jeans. I really like the sweater, I just haven't worn it since winter break. Within the first five minutes at my 8 a.m. class, I received a compliment. I thanked them and told her all about how she was picking out my clothes for the week. She laughed and thought that was funny. The sweater was a bit warm, but it was still nice to wear something that I usually wouldn't and get noticed for wearing something different.


Christina Stover

Tuesday was similar to Monday in the sense of a sweater and jeans. I got the sweater for Christmas a few years ago, and it really seems like the kind of thing to wear to church instead of a casual weekday outfit. I really love floral patterns, so I was instantly drawn to this sweater. It makes me feel like a confident adult and that is definitely appreciated. She also picked out the baby blue raindrop necklace in the picture, and it really complimented the darker colors in the sweater. And I wore a pair of jeans that didn't have rips in them for the first time in months.


Christina Stover

A little fancier on this hump day. Wearing a cute dark green shirt with a little knot at the bottom, a cardigan because it's short sleeves and casual leggings. The necklace is an outline of the world's continents. I definitely felt a lot dressier in this outfit as opposed to jeans and sweatshirts. My signature half-up-half-down hairdo pulled the whole outfit together. Again, this is something I would wear to church and not to class. But I think this also helped my confidence and allowed me to come out of my shell a little, which is always a good thing.


Christina Stover

Wearing a crop top in winter is always a power move. I really loved this outfit because not only did it color coordinate, but it was super cute. I had an interview earlier this morning, so I had mascara on, and it made my eyes pop, which was great. And the Army-green button-up shirt really brought the whole outfit together. The shirt says, "Crazy plant lady." Which is exhibited by the pictures of plants on the shirt and the cactus and succulent tapestry in the background. I thought this was one of my favorite outfits, plus I always love an excuse to wear leggings.


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Today, she gave me a little break. I spent the weekend at home, and she gave me a simple long-sleeve that says "Bowling Green" on the back with a huge mandala design, and the iconic ripped jeans. I had an interview this day as well, so my makeup is done again, and I wore a translucent teardrop necklace. The outfit was comfortable and practical for a day of running errands and spending time with family. It has been a while since I've worn this shirt, as well, so I enjoyed spicing things up with such a bright shirt.

Overall, I think this was a fun and exciting little experiment. What started as an assumed joke, turned into a learning experience about myself and my clothing options. I'm not saying that I won't be wearing sweatshirts frequently, but I am saying that it's nice to have options for fancier outfits. Each day we would have a little photo shoot that was funny and extra, but another fun perk of doing this experiment.

Now, in order for this to come full circle, I need to go through her closet and pick out her clothes for a week. That's definitely something for me to look forward to.

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