Throughout my first semester here at the University of Missouri, I realized just how many people I see on a day to day basis. Being an out-out-state student on a 32,700+ populated campus, there's no doubt I see new faces everyday. However, there is a small amount of people I tend to see more than usual, especially when on my way to class.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.
You have been through all the college "firsts" together.
If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."
You were even each other's first real college friend.
You were even each other's first real college friend.
Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.
The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.
It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.
Late night talks were never more real.
Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.
You saw each other at your absolute lowest.
It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.
...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.
After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.
There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.
Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.
No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.
Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.
The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.
Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.
The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.
It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.
Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.
Journalism is not the most smilied upon major at the moment. In today's climate journalists get bashed for writing the truth and writing the facts. There is no easy way to be one and to be a good one takes something special. But, for those who haven't hit the real world yet and are still in the class room as beginners here are some things that I believe us journalism majors can relate to.
1. When you pushed off the deadline for weeks and now have 30 seconds to write your story.
Procrastination is so real and I have definitely pushed back many deadlines, but hey I got it done right? And got it in on time!
2. Sleep does not exist sometimes
There will be some long nights of reading articles for class or just researching for your next piece. Sleeping will not exist for the most part during the week, hell even the weekend might not be any better.
3. No such thing as "Spring Break" or "Summer Break"
This one could just be me, but even during spring break I still had assignments for articles and having to brainstorm for new ideas. The grind never stops and you have to stay on top of things.
4. Must to be on top of social media
Now that almost everything is digital you pretty much have to stay on top of everything on social media. Knowing the trends, who are good sources, and just trying to find out what the facts are. Social media is pretty much our best friend sometimes.
5. When you set up a meeting on campus with a source and they don't show up.
Most annoying thing ever. All i needed was some details on how the event went at Commons and you don't show up. Listen if you can't come just me know.
6. Having to talk to people, but you're awkward
Having to talk and interact with people you don'y know is the name of the game and if you are awkward like me this will be very difficult. Literally this GIF is the most accurate way to describe the awkwardness of asking some random person dumb questions from class.
7. Looking at all those edits from your story.
Looking at all those red marks is very frustrating, considering all the work it took writing the damn thing. But, kind of blessing since you're just starting out and edits are necessary to fix the story. But, man all that time now i gotta start over ?!?!
8. Networking gets you places
Networking is one of the hardest parts and this goes along with being awkward. It is very hard to get out of that comfort zone, but the only way to get sources and leads will be to network your ass off. Shaking hands is the start, but going into conversation will be a whole different task.
9. Having to brainstorm ideas
Thinking of ideas for the next piece can be hard as well. Get a journal and jot them down, but still having to be in deep thought like Batman can go on for hours on end.
10. We know it is not the most glamours job, but we do it because writing is our passion.
This is sometimes not the job that will make you a billion dollars, but it takes true passion to write or talk. Journalism is art and do not let anyone tell you otherwise. It takes many hours of editing and gathering research to do what we do. Keep your head up and chase every story you can find!