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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A Thank You To My Boyfriend's Family

Because you are so important to him, you are important to me.
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This one isn't easy to sit down and write because nothing I could say would do all of you justice in the way that I would hope I could. These are just words, but I hope that I am able to always show my thank you to you by treating him like the prince he is.

I can replay the moment of meeting each and every one of you all over and over in my head like it was yesterday. I was so extremely nervous every single time and I was trying to gather all the "right" things to say that would leave a good, first-lasting impression and that at the end of the day, you all would like me.

I think one of the most important basis and hopes in my relationship is that my significant other's family likes who I am. This is so important to me because whatever is important to him is equally important to me and your thoughts of me are crucial to our relationship.

The second I walked in the door, I was overwhelmed—overwhelmed with such a love. I had no idea at that point in time just how much you would all mean to me and how thankful I am for all of you!

Thank you for constantly making me laugh and feel at home.

Whenever I'm coming over for a family gathering or just to hang out, I know right off that I am walking into a world of laughter and good times are right beside that. You are all so entertaining and always have a good story to tell me. I can't name one time where I didn't feel like I was home.

And I appreciate the sweet, embarrassing photos and stories about my boyfriend that you all share with me! Even if it is by a photo, I have a glimpse of what his life has always been like thanks to each and every one of you individually.

Thank you for sharing your special moments in life with me.

You don't ever have to, but you invite me anyway. Whether it's just a family gathering, a birthday, or a holiday, I am thankful to have spent those times celebrating these moments in life alongside such amazing people. It's humbling and heartwarming to be a part of memories so unforgettable that you all share and that you have welcomed me to be a part of. They are days that I will never forget and have a place in my heart forever.

Thank you for always being there for him.

Since we have started dating, I have watched the way that you guys love him. I have watched the individual relationships and moments that you share with him make a difference in who he is. I have seen you all love and support him, no matter what he was doing.

With everything that comes along in life, this has been a simple reminder of an unconditional, loving, sacrificing family that is also the best support system. You are not only impacting him, but me, too.

Thank you for welcoming me in like your own.

Whenever you have to brave up and meet your significant other's family, I can say, for myself, that I didn't know what to expect. As I'm sure, none of you did when meeting me. Today, I catch myself wondering why I even worried in the first place. You all have welcomed me in your own ways and made me feel right at home. It is not always easy to do that with just anyone, but you have all taken the time to get to know me. And now I know that if I ever needed anything, I can call one of you.

Thank you for letting me date him.

I am most thankful for this. Thank you for sharing him with me and giving me a chance to show you all how important he is to me. I never thought that I would luck out and meet someone as special, kind, and wonderful as he is, but I did.

You have supported our relationship, given me a chance to love him, and welcomed me to new adventures in love and family. I have the upmost gratitude for each of you. You are the most wonderful, welcoming, and loving family. I am overjoyed to be able to experience just a glimpse of this life with him and with all of you.

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To The Sleep-Away Camp That Changed My Life

Being a "camp kid" has shaped me into the person that I am today.

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I've been going to sleep-away camps my whole life.

Ever since I was 10, I would spend at least one week away from home living in a cabin and hanging out with friends, while also making new ones. It was something I always looked forward to.

Then, when I was 13, I found a camp that truly changed my life and made me into the person I am today. So, after returning from my seventh year (four as a camper and three on staff), I'm writing a letter to the place that made a bigger impact on my life than I could have ever imagined.

Dear Chris Dudley Basketball Camp,

Thank you. Thank you for the laughs, the tears, the friendships, the memories and for the countless lessons learned while spending time in the Vernonia hills. Being a type one diabetic is not an easy hand of cards to be dealt, but somehow, this camp makes it seem like it's just something we have and it can't tear us down.

Thank you for giving me friends from all over the country and even the world, and for giving me endless reasons to travel and see new places and old faces.

Because of this place, I've learned how to cherish the moments you spend with people because it could be another year until you see them again. Because of you, I appreciate the little moments and smile when I think of them. This camp has given me and so many other campers something to look forward to during the year, and all of us will be forever grateful for everything you have given us.

This is the place that has given me the happiest of memories, the best of friends and the reassurance that even though you might be having a rough day, week, or even year, you will always have a group of people to rely on, to cry to and to celebrate with. Who would have thought that someplace in the middle of nowhere, Oregon, would be a place that I hate leaving every year and can't imagine my life without.

So here's to the Lucky Few, here's to the late nights staying up laughing until we can't breathe.

Here's to crying during the camp song even though we swore we wouldn't. To climbing up the giant hills every day just to have to carefully walk back down them to eat.

To the highest of highs and even the lowest of lows. To inspirational talks, testing and not guessing, and to tips games that can last hours.

Here's to the friendships that will last a lifetime, and to the place that makes even the darkest days just minor bumps in the road.

Thank you, for honestly... everything.

Sincerely,

Emily Riley

Part of the Lucky Few since 2011

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