To My Roommate, 11 'Thank Yous' You Definitely Deserve, But I've Never Actually Thanked You For

To My Roommate, 11 'Thank Yous' You Definitely Deserve, But I've Never Actually Thanked You For

And the best roommate award goes to...

Roommates. We've all had them. Maybe it was your sibling(s) when you were younger, or someone you were randomly put with during college. Either way, a large majority of people have a roommate at some point during their life. Many people tell roommate horror stories of not getting along with each other, and it can be scary coming to college and hoping that doesn't happen to you. I got really lucky this year, and got one awesome roommate. So "thank you."

1. For cheering me on when school got tough

College can be difficult from time to time, but I can always count on you to wish me luck before a big test or a class presentation.

2. For taking care of me when I was sick

You brought me chicken noodle soup, Sprite, medicine, and all the fixins when I got sick, so you're basically the reason I got better.

3. For always being down for a night in to watch "The Bachelor"

Monday nights are "Bachelor" nights, and you always do your best to ensure we can watch it together, only to gossip about each girl on the show and whether or not we can actually see her with the guy. Also, you've never (at least outwardly) judged me for my belief that Ben Higgins is the love of my life, even though he doesn't know it yet.

4. For introducing me to your friends

I have so many more friends now because I've made friends with your friends. More people wave at me when I walk by them on campus compared to last year. So, thanks for sharing your friends. It's much appreciated.

5. For listening to my probably boring stories about people you know nothing about

Whether it's gossip about people I went to high school with, people in my classes, or characters from whatever show I'm watching on Netflix at the time, you always seem interested. Even though you're probably not.

6. For not getting mad no matter how many times I have to use the bathroom in the middle of the night

It's no secret I have the bladder the size of a pea, and have to get up AT LEAST once per night to use the bathroom. Even though I've woken you up multiple times, you don't ever get mad. Which is great considering I can't force my bladder to expand.

7. For our random internet quiz and nose strip nights

I'm so glad I know what mythical creature I am, how many kids I'll have in 10 years, and what I should name my children based on my taste in chocolate. I'm also glad my pores on my nose are clean thanks to those nose strips, which you introduced me to.

8. For sticking up for me

Several times you have stood up for me when someone tries to put me down or disagrees with something I've done or said. You always have my back, and I know you'll always take my side.

9. For supporting me in all my decisions, no matter how rash they are, or if you even like the decision being made

Me: "I've decided to make this super rash decision that you're probably not really going to like but I thought it through for about three-quarters of a second and I might regret it later but I've decided to do it and no one can change my mind."

You: "OK cool good luck and don't forget to let me know how it goes."

You've never once said "I told you so" when my previously mentioned rash decisions go bad, because let's be honest, you 100% could have and it would have been accurate.

10. For saying "yes" when I asked you if you wanted to live with me this year

If we're being honest, none of this would have ever happened had you not said you would live with me this year, which brings me to my final thank you. Thank you...

11. For agreeing to live with me again next year

We're gonna have so much fun, I can't wait!!

So to my roomie, I realize I probably don't thank you enough for how great you are. Thank you for being you and being awesome. You're the bomb.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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Being The Last Friend To Turn 21 Isn't ALL Bad

All your friends have turned 21, but that is okay


You may think being the last one out of your friend group to turn twenty-one is the worst thing in the world, but in all honesty, it doesn't have to be. One of the biggest perks is that everyone of your friends can go out to the bars with you on your birthday. All the people who turn twenty-one first have to wait for people to be able to go out with them, but you get to celebrate your birthday with all of your friends.

Another huge reason you should feel okay with being last to turn twenty-one is thinking about all the money you are saving. The bars are expensive. When you don't go to the bars you are saving so much money because an average bar drink is about seven dollars. This being said seven dollars multiple times a night, multiple nights a week really adds up, so you are going to have to budget your money better.

You don't have to be the one to buy alcohol for everyone else. Having a ton of people ask you to buy them alcohol must get annoying at a point, and if you're the youngest out of your friends, no one will be asking you to do liquor store runs for them because they can all go already for themselves.

The biggest reason is that you can enjoy being young. You should still continue to enjoy going to house parties and just being able to hang out with friends without having to go to the bars. Spend these months before you turn twenty-one just being able to enjoy life without feeling obligated to go out to the bars all the time. You have a great excuse when you don't want to drink on a weekday to just stay in. This being said it will be your turn to turn twenty-one soon.


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