7 Snapchat Streaks That Are Meaningful To Me

7 Snapchat Streaks That Are Meaningful To Me

The stories behind these streaks and what they mean to me.

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Snapchat is what most millennial's use to define relationships with their friends. Snapchat has really taken over the world and has made a way to communicate with people in a fun way. You can send your friend a picture of yourself with the weird filter or the basic dog filter. But, one of the more unique features is the "Snap Streaks" we all know what they are.

You may have these streaks with people that you love deeply or maybe you have a few with people that you haven't said a word to other than a random snap saying "streaks." Who are the people that you snap and build these streaks with? I'll share mine there are some of them that I really care about and a couple I don't know why I have it going. I won't name anyone, you probably know who you are by the number, I mean just check snap in case you forgot.


1. 996 days

Yes, I do have a streak lasting 996 days, be amazed. But, the person I have this streak with him and I go way back. Truly, this guy is one those "ride or die" type friends. We have been best friends since 2nd grade, man that is longer than any streak can handle. We have been through a lot together and he is one of the only friends I can trust saying anything to and not feel judged. This streak has lasted trips to Canada, Hawaii, and even across the pond to Europe. But, this is not just a streak to me. I love this guy and he is my best friend, so cheers to our 983 day streak and our powerful friendship.

2. 602 days

Another really great friend right here. Him and I have gone to the same school since grade school. It has really flown by and I have watched him grow into a great guy and a great friend. I never thought I would ever talk to this guy, but he has stuck with me somehow. We hangout a lot at college and relish those times that we spend together. Playing madden, talking about girls, showing each other memes, and seeing some movies every now and then. Our streak is mainly us just saying how much we want to jump off bridge because of classes, but I love it. Hey man, stop leaving me on read sometimes though(i kid, I kid).

3. 380 days

My goodness where do I start with this person. She is one of the craziest friends that I have ever had not even kidding. I mean that in good taste of course. This is one of those long distance friendships that is really meaningful when we do snap it is great, sense I rarely see her anymore. Our friendship goes back to high school and honestly this is another one I'm surprised has lasted so long. Her and I argue a lot, but it is all in good fun. She's a great friend that I wish never took off for Florida, but she's living her best life right now. One of the strongest girls I have ever had the pleasure of calling a friend. Stay strong and come home soon, if you ever read this.

4. 159 days

Going back to the first person mentioned, this one is another one of those "ride or die" ones. We have been just as far back and we really didn't become friends till 8th grade. How is that possible? We had been in the same class throughout middle school, but we were in that weird different friend circle thing. We stopped talking for awhile during high school, but I never once stopped considering her a friend or a best one at that. She has inspired me to go for my goals and don't take crap from people, have not told her that in person but I hope these words can give you the same impact. Always will be one of my best friends and hopefully we will see each other soon.

5. 47 days

I'm going to be completely honest with this one, I have no idea why this streak even exist. We have literally never met in person, but we go to the same school. I'll tell you she's a very pretty girl and I probably only started this streak holding out hope that we could meet one day. It probably won't happen at all and I still question why I started it or why her and I keep it going? What's the point? Hey, the world is small and we could bump into each other, I'm not counting on it though. Yeah, this is one I wish never happened.

6. 49 days

This person is a mutual friend of other two mentioned before. She's super cool and really funny. This is another person I have not met in person yet, but I hope it changes. I think it just started and I just went with the streak because she is really fun to talk to. No, I'm not spilling out any feels right now people reading this. At the end of the day I consider this person a friend and a good one. Literally, the only person that I can talk about Bojack Horseman with and real talk it's amazing. I think I could keep this streak going, but for the friendship reasons.

7. 19 days

I met this guy in class during the fall semester. We had a couple of classes together and he is a cool guy. We talk on Snapchat every now and then, but I wouldn't label us in that friend category yet. I know this dude around campus and I think I would like having him as a friend. One week isn't too long and maybe this streak could also turn into a good friendship.

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ASU Students Push For A Healthier Dining Hall To Counter 'Freshman 15' Fears

The freshman 15 is an avoidable curse, but many students will continue to follow into its trap.

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Arizona State University students are pushing for change within the downtown Phoenix dining hall as they strive to avoid the infamous freshman 15.

The downtown Phoenix campus offers fewer dining options than the Tempe campus and has a less appetizing dining hall. The freshman 15 is a common scare among students living in the dorms, who are often freshman.

The freshman 15 is defined as a student who gains 15 pounds or more in their first year of college. Studies prove the average freshman does not exercise the right amount, is sleep deprived, has a poor diet, increases their stress level, alcohol consumption, and fatty food intake, which is most likely causing their weight gain.

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Daniella Rudoy, a journalism major and fitness instructor at the SDFC, relived her freshman year as she provided tips for incoming freshman.

"There are a lot of workouts you can do in your dorm room as long as you have access to YouTube or a floor. You can go on a run, a walk, or do exercises that do not require equipment," Rudoy said in support of college fitness.

Rudoy said that mental health, fitness, and nutrition all correlate with one another.

"I follow the saying abs are made in the kitchen. So if you are working out day and night, but eating a giant pizza and chicken wings with a pack of beer when you come home you aren't doing yourself much good," Rudoy said.

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The main cause for weight gain is increased alcohol consumption. 80 percent of college students drink and this includes binge-drinking, which is unhealthy for many reasons.

Students who do not drink are most likely gaining weight because of their exposure to an all-you-can-eat dining hall. The downtown Phoenix campus offers a salad bar as their only consistent healthy option for students, therefore students are left eating hamburgers, fries, and pizza.

"I haven't been to the dining hall this semester. Last semester, I went because I had no other options. I am a vegetarian and the dining hall is not accommodating to those with allergies or food restrictions. I find it very difficult to find vegetarian options," Lexi Varrato, a journalism major said.

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Varrato explained that she believes the freshman 15 is "100% real" and that incoming freshmen should research their meal plans and ask their school how their dietary restrictions will be accommodated before purchasing a non-refundable meal plan.

Megan Tretter, a nursing major at Seattle University emphasized that not every dining hall is like ASU's and that the freshman 15 is "definitely not a problem" at her school.

"I always eat healthy at my dining hall. There are a lot of good and healthy options at Seattle University. I usually go to the smoothie line in the morning, have a salad for lunch, and make myself an acai bowl after work with avocado toast in our floor's kitchen," Tretter said in support of her school's strive for healthy options.

College students across the United States have healthier dining options than ASU, but many colleges still face the same problems that students here are facing.

Tara Shultz, a journalism major at ASU believes she has avoided the "very real" freshman 15 by living at home.

"I believe the freshman 15 targets dorm residence and first-year students who do not live at home as they do not have their parents as a guide and are forced to eat at a dining hall that only serves fatty foods," Shultz emphasized.

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The downtown Phoenix campus offers students access to the SDFC, YMCA, and Taylor Place gym, where students can take group fitness classes, run on a track, play basketball, or swim. Alternative options for students are purchasing a membership at Orangetheory or EOS Fitness.

Most students agreed with journalism major Vanessa Gonzalez that they have little time to work out due to their workload, but many students like Varrato, Tretter, and Rudoy explained that they try to work out every day as it is a stress reliever and it enriches their mental health.

Steve Fiorentino, the owner of Powered Up Nutrition encourages college students to learn what they are putting in their bodies.

"I think it starts with nutrition. Students believe they can outwork a bad diet and I believe that is their number one mistake. My advice is to stop eating fast foods and start eating whole and healthy foods along with supplements," Fiorentino stated.

The freshman 15 is an avoidable curse, but many students will continue to follow into its trap. The campus dining hall is not always the reason to blame as students have the option to decrease their meal plans, become active, and make healthy choices!

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I Limited My Social Media Usage And I Challenge You To, Too

My worth is not defined by the amount of likes I get.

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Every morning at 8 a.m., my alarm goes off, I roll over, and the first thing I do is check my Snapchat only to open a bunch of pictures of the top of someone's head, or the wall, or — my favorite — a black screen. This is something we're all guilty of, myself included. We all know that social media is becoming an addiction amongst us, so why do we still use them in an unhealthy way? Why are our friendships defined by who has the longest streak? Why are our perceptions of others based on the most perfectly posed presentations of people? Why is our self-worth dependent on the number of double taps or shares or comments?

My world used to revolve around social media.

Every time I posted a picture on Instagram, I would constantly refresh to see how many likes I had accumulated. The worst part about that is I would get upset if I didn't get any likes in the seconds between each refresh.

If I got bored or had some downtime between classes, I would spend hours just scrolling through the same posts, hoping to find something different.

So much of my life was wrapped up in the superficiality of social media posts to the point where I no longer knew who I was. I would see pictures of my friends who ended up at the same college and feel left out, I would see girls from high school joining sororities, I would see people looking so stunning and having so much fun, and I let that be the thing that influenced how I felt.

Social media consumed me. It made me forget all the wonderful things I have in my life. It made me value a photo opportunity more than just enjoying the moment for what it is. Let me tell you that a moment is no less valuable just because it isn't visually appealing.

I've recently started using the Screen Time feature on my iPhone. I set a two hour per day limit on my social media usage, and when that time is up, I can no longer open the apps. Since then, I've been spending more time face-to-face with the people I care about. I've reconnected with old hobbies. I feel less stressed. I stopped comparing myself to others. I learned to be happy with myself.

I limit my social media usage because all the time I've spent aimlessly scrolling through Instagram is time I could've spent going for a walk and enjoying the warmth of Spring.

I limit my social media usage because I value face-to-face interaction. I value hugs and laughter and all the other things you can't get from a screen.

I limit my social media usage because it hurts my feelings when other people are on their phones when I'm trying to talk to them so how can it be right that I do that to someone else?

I think about how dependent on social media we have become, and it makes me so grateful that the sun is too bright to see our phone screens outside and that the mountains raise too high to have good cell service. I'm grateful that my friends make me laugh so hard that I don't even think to check my phone.

So, I challenge you to separate yourself from your social media. Even if it's just for a day. See how your life changes.

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