An Ode To The Dining Hall

An Ode To The Dining Hall

Thank you for making freshman year what it was.
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Freshman year is full of a lot of fun times. From football games to spring parties, freshman year introduces you to some of the most fun environments you'll ever be in. However, if you had told me coming into freshman year that the dining hall would be one of those "fun environments," I would've laughed in your face. While I knew coming into college that I would be spending all of my time eating some pretty incredible "dining hall food," I never knew how much time I'd actually spend at the dining halls and how many memories I'd be making there.

The dining hall gave me not only some awesome food but also some awesome moments. Freshman year would not have been the same without it. So as the year is winding down to a close, I'd like to say "thank you."

Thank you for being a place for me to post up with my laptop and study (socialize) for hours on end. I honestly give you total credit for that 94 I got on my Spanish quiz. It probably would've been a 92 without the quiet, serene study environment you provided (at least, that's what I tell my mom it is like).

Thank you for your chocolate fudge cookies. There's no better pick-me-up than a moist, warm, chocolate-y cookie. That's all I have to say about that.

Thank you for playing some bomb music. There's nothing like interrupting a conversation by singing along to "Sk8r Boi" as it plays from from the dining hall speakers. And while at times your music choices were sub-par, I can honestly say that your Eagles and P!NK-filled playlists were sure to brighten my day.

Thank you for creating a community. It's crazy to see how close I've become to people purely because we have a lunch break at the same time. The dining hall is a gathering place -- a place where new friendships are started and old ones can grow. I look forward to going to the dining hall every day because I know who I will get to see there. There's nothing like sharing a meal with your good friends, and there's nothing like sharing a meal every day with your good friends. So, thank you for being that meeting place we all know and love.

As my year is coming to a close and I am preparing to say goodbye to everything freshman year gave me, I've realized that saying goodbye to the dining hall and everything it offered will be one of the toughest goodbyes. It gave me some great friendships, a fun study environment, and a few extra pounds that I can't complain about. So, thank you, dining hall, for making my average days not-so average. You will be missed dearly.

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While having siblings close to your age is pretty amazing, there can be a lot of issues that can come with it.

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I come from a family of 5 people and 1 dog. I have 2 sisters, Grace and Caroline. We are all pretty close in age, Caroline being the youngest and 3 years younger than me.

My sisters and I share a bond like no one else, no one can replicate it. When you have siblings close to your age you have built-in best friends, and since they are around your age you have the same interest, or at least, enough so that you can do things that other siblings cannot. Examples of this would be seeing R-Rated movies and going to the mall without too much complaining, along with being able to shop in the same stores or even share clothes. Grace and I sometimes even split the cost of a shirt we both like.

We even overlap friend groups! Which is not much of a problem for us, Grace and I are both in music programs which overlap enough for us to have the same friends, which is great for when one of us has a sleepover, the other can join in on the fun. Caroline, however, even though she is seen as the sporty one of the 3 of us, she still has a lot of friends who have similar interests as Grace or I, giving us a lot of the same friends. It's nice not to be considered the "cool older sister", I am just like the rest of them.

While we do fight a lot, we make up really quickly, because most issues we have are stupid sibling fights: who gets the T.V., what to have for dinner, what movie to see. But it is always fun because there are 3 of us, which means majority rules, something we tend to go by most of the time depending on the situation.

Having 3 teenagers in the house can be a handful for our parents though, when you have three teenage girls going through puberty at relatively the same time, it can be grueling, especially when you are all on your period at the same time.. (yes, that has happened before) (and yes, it sucks). While I am on the topic, let's say a prayer and a thank you to my dad for dealing with 5 girls (including the dog, obviously) because he does a pretty damn good job at dealing with all of us.

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