To My College Roomate, Best Friend, And Cheerleader—You're An Amazing Human Being, And You Deserve The World

To My College Roomate, Best Friend, And Cheerleader—You're An Amazing Human Being, And You Deserve The World

Thank you for showing me what it's like to have, and be, a best friend.
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To my best friend, roommate, and personal cheerleader,

Hey you, yes you, Leah, I’m writing to you about the positive impact you’ve had on my life. Sadly, it isn’t as long as I wish for it to be, but if it was, it would be an entire book. With that being said, thank you for showing me what it’s like to have, and be a best friend.

Freshman year was full of awkward moments, but there is no one I would rather share those moments with, and no one I’d rather co-habitat with in our tiny, 4 by 4 dorm.

Each of those cringey floor meet-and-greets—that lead to getting to know each other—felt like pulling teeth at times. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Each spontaneous, awkward, adrenaline-filled moment lead to such a unique friendship.

Thank you for being the girl who has consistently pushed me to be my best self, helped me through my worst situations, and continuously is there for me whenever I need you to be. I can’t thank you enough for being my best friend, roommate, and at times, my mom these past four years of college.

From the nights we stayed in dancing to high school musical duets, watching SpongeBob for hours on end, or going out and thinking someone hotwired our car because there was no way it got towed (LOL).

Not only have we created so many adventures together, but you’re also the one whose cheered me on at every one of my dance shows, which means the world to me. Each moment together created a new story, and I’m eternally grateful to have memories that will last a lifetime.

Throughout our four years of living together, you helped me through every situation imaginable. You were always the person I could count on if boys were being dumb—and trust me, 99% of them are. You helped me pick up the pieces and become a much more independent, badass version of myself, and that is a lesson I will never forget.

You are Khaeleesi, and if anyone ever tells you different, they better bend the knee. You’re the most independent, kind, smart, badass girl I know—and I full-heartedly stand behind that. You’re the one who believes in me when I don’t even believe in myself, and encourages me to always be true to myself.

I love our goofiness, and I love how you’re always you no matter who’s watching.

You deserve the world, and though you may not see yourself, everyone around you knows everything I’ve written above is true. You’re an amazing human being, and I’m going to miss living with you. Here’s to a ‘see you later,’ because it’s never going to be a goodbye.


Lots of love,

Syd

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.
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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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11 Amazing TV Shows That Are Ending in 2019

All good things must come to an end.

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It might just be the beginning of 2019 but there are many TV series wrapping up already. There are many breathtaking and original pilots around along with several reboots coming. This might be one of the greatest year for TV.

However, all good things must come to an end. Some series have been planned out and are going to be finished while others have been cut short. Sadly, here's a list of TV series to say goodbye to this year.

1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Final Date: May

12 Seasons//279 episodes

2. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

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Final Date: End of 2019

7 seasons//91 episodes

3. Jane the Virgin (CW)

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Final Date: Mid-late 2019

5 seasons//100 episodes

4. Games of Thrones (HBO)

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Final Date: Summer

8 Seasons//73 episodes

5. Broad City (Comedy Central)

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Final Date: March

5 seasons//50 episodes

6. VEEP (HBO)

HBO

Final Date: Spring

7 seasons//67 episodes

7. Homeland (Showtime)

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Final date: Summer

8 seasons//96 episodes

8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Final date: January 25

4 seasons//52 episodes

9. The Affair (Showtime)

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Final Date: End of 2019

5 seasons//42 episodes

10. Friends From College (Netflix)

Final Date: End of 2019

2 seasons//16 episodes

11. Crashing (HBO)

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Final Date: End of 2019

3 seasons//24 episodes

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