5 Reasons You Should Live With Your Best Friends

5 Reasons You Should Live With Your Best Friends

A big thank you to the best roommates for making sophomore year unforgettable.
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My sophomore year truly would not have been the same without the most supportive and loving roommates, Lauren Mancini and Sari Kuba. Living with these amazing girls makes leaving this summer very difficult. I've come to appreciate and respect both of them very much throughout this entire year. Thankfully, it's not a goodbye, but a see you later because you bet we are living together next year and the following year when we are seniors!

The more I think about my sophomore year, the more I think about why it was so spectacular. Both Lauren and Sari are one of the stronger reasons why I made it through my sophomore year at the University of Delaware. Behind my family, they are my biggest fans. These are two of my closest friends whom I will treasure and keep close to my heart for the rest of my life. Here are five reasons why you should live with your best friends.

1. You see them every day, so you want to get a long with them.

When you're seeing the same people every day, you want to make sure you have a good relationship with whoever it may concern, especially your roommates. Having a superb relationship with your roommates are among one of the most important things. You don't want to go home with a burden of having to see someone you don't like or get along with. Choose wisely!

2. You do everything with them.

Grocery shopping, dinners, movie nights, breakfasts, homework, and countless other things we enjoy doing together. Name it, and we definitely do it. I always enjoy myself when I'm around them, even if it is just chilling on the green or in our apartment!

3. You won't get sick of them.

If they are your closest friends, you most likely will not get sick of them. Although you live with them, you are also doing your own thing during the day and/or at night. Your roommates will learn to know you inside and out, and will eventually come to understand when you need time to yourself. All three of us are in different sororities which makes the experience of living with both of them simply amazing. I could not have asked for better roommates and best friends than them.

4. You're never lonely.

At least one of them will be in the apartment at some point of the day. So, never will I be bored at our apartment!

5. ... and finally, they're your biggest support system.

I truly mean it when I say my roommates are my biggest support system. It's safe to say that Lauren and Sari are always there for me. Whether it's endless cuddles or a shoulder to cry on, I know I can always count on them for anything.

Get yourself a Sari and Lauren! Without a doubt, my sophomore year would not be the same without them. Having these unbelievable roommates in my life makes college ten times better. Thus, really think about who you want to live with and spend every day with. Best friends last a life time, so what better way to spend it than with your roommates.


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An Open Letter To The Friend Who Became My Sister

Love is thicker than blood.
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Sis,

There are friends. Then, there are best friends.

According to "Grey’s Anatomy’s" Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang, they're your person. The one who, “if I murdered someone, I’d call you to help me drag the corpse across the living room floor.” You’re so much more to me than any of those titles can express.

As I’ve matured throughout the years, I’ve come to the conclusion that good friends with good hearts serve an incredibly important purpose in our lives, going above and beyond what we give them credit and appreciation for.

The family we choose. You’re one of those.

The day we met, I knew that you were going to play an important role in my life. What I had no idea of was that you would join the cast of my life with a starring role.

First, I need to say thank you. Thank you for always coming to my locker to check in before class during high school. Thank you for letting me control the music on road trips. Thank you for sharing your family with me, and addressing my family as if you were born into it.

Thank you for patiently listening to the physical embodiment of a broken record when I complain about the same boy I’ve loved since senior year. Thank you for tagging along on every doctor’s appointment, grocery run, and trip to the post office, just because you know that I hate doing things alone.

Thank you for not thinking twice before dialing when I text you “please call me.” Thank you for never saying no to a coffee date. Thank you for never giving up on me. Thank you for being my better half.

We don't share the same genetic makeup, but after all the sleepovers, heart-to-heart conversations, shopping until our bank accounts cry, and swapping clothes so often that we don’t know what belongs to whom, how could I not consider you family? We have shared some my fondest memories together, and I wouldn’t want them to feature anyone but you.

You’ve been with me on my best days, and loved me on my worst. You know how to make me laugh when all I want to do is crawl into a hole and die.

Picturing sitting in my car with you in the passenger seat makes me long for summer, where we spend three months together doing all of our favorite things. You’ve seen me naked, done my makeup, and warned me before making a poor decision. Being away from you for extended periods of time makes me feel incomplete.

You are a piece of me that I am not quite whole without. You taught me that blood doesn’t make a family; love does.

You know me better than I know myself, which is both amazing and terrifying. You make me realize I’m enough for this world, and that means more to me than I know how to express in the limited words that make up the English language.

You remind me that I am more than my mistakes, and you keep me grounded when I spiral out of control. You’ve helped me carry my burdens along with your own, even when the universe comes down on you full force, way harder than you deserve.

You’re the one I come to for the truth if I think my new dress makes me look fat, and I know you’ll be honest. I trust you with my whole heart. You know the gory details about every boy I’ve ever crushed on, every professor who was an absolute jerk, and every fight I’ve had with my mom.

I wouldn’t make it in this life without someone who already understands and listens to every thought going through my head and each thing I seriously over think, even when you know, though you don’t say, it won’t matter in a week.

With all these affectionate things being said, don’t forget our fights. The few we’ve had were very real. We still don’t see eye to eye on some events of the past, but I never told my mom about it because there was no need to make her choose a side between me and her “second daughter.

We have learned to move forward, because the love we have for each other overwhelmingly outweighs any disagreement we’ve had, and always will.

Through all the tears and laughs, I don’t think that anything the world has to offer could seriously come between us. You go to a different school than me now, and college has rudely gotten in the way of our routine of spending every waking moment together.

Since we met, we’ve grown separately without growing apart. Neither of us are the same person we used to be all those years ago. Even so, we’ve pushed each other to our limits and you’ve given me the courage to keep going and do things that make me happy.

We lean on each other when it’s been a bad day and all we want to do is to snuggle and indulge in whichever show the other is currently watching unceasingly and unabashedly for comfort (it’s the little things). Having you as my co-pilot on this crazy ride called life has been frustrating, exciting, slightly concerning, absolutely insane, and something I don’t know how I would live without, and I don’t intend to find out.

I’ll conclude this letter with a quote from every basic, white girl’s favorite musical, “I don’t know if I’ve been changed for the better, but because I knew you, I have been changed for good.”

Love you forever,

Your sis

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It's OK To Cut People Off Who Are Not Good For You

Pay attention to people who are happy for you when you're happy.

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After 20 years of life, I think it's safe to say that I have been in and out of multiple friend groups. So many times I've told myself that if I didn't keep certain people around my life would crash and burn around me. So many times, I've struggled to find happiness in these groups of people, and so many times I've sat in my room and blamed myself for leaving, for losing friends, losing people in my life.

i've learned in just a few years that some people are not worthy of your existence. And so many people are meant to just be a lesson in your story—a chapter— not a full, well rounded character in your story.

The lesson I learned after cutting so many people of in my life—my story— was to seriously pay attention to people that are happy for you when you are happy.

Pay attention to the unanswered phone calls when you want to tell you "friend" some good news, like a promotion, a new relationship or an A on your final portfolio that you worked so damn hard on.

Pay attention to the text conversations that started about you, and ended about them.

Pay attention to your "gas tank" are they taking some gas away from you, or filling it up?

Are you sucked of all energy after a night out with them? After a brunch date with them?

I think you might already know what to do if you answered "yes" to all of those questions.

Cut. Them. Off. Sis.

People like this are toxic, that may sound harsh but they are literally like the chemicals that you put in your body that the new warn you about.

I once wrote somewhere (in one of my thousand journals that I own) that it's better to have 4 quarters than 100 pennies.

Actually, now that I wrote that out, I probably got it off of someone's Instagram story or scrolling through my Facebook timeline.

But anyway, back to the point. I basically mean, quality over quantity. It's better to have four (or a small amount) or friends who are reliable, real, and worthy, than 100 friends who are basically pretty shitty.

I mean think about it, how many times have you walked passed a penny on the sidewalk because I mean, what in the world is that going to give you?

How many times have you searched your purse for a quarter because you need just an extra 25 cents to give exact change (which is super satisfying by the way), or to fill up the meter to get your nails done or grab brunch?

In our world that we live in, most would rather have a quarter than a penny.

You don't need a lot of friends to have great life. You need just one that will be there for you till the world stops spinning.

Stop keeping your toxic pennies, find your quarters.

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