8 Thank-Yous For The Best Friends That Made My College Campus My Second Home

8 Thank-Yous For The Best Friends That Made My College Campus My Second Home

Overall, thank you for being YOU
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Everyone says that college flies by, but you never truly realize just how quickly it goes until you blink, and the year is more than halfway over.

College is the biggest transition of people's lives. With that comes many mixed emotions- excitement, fear, happiness, anxiety and so many more. It isweird leaving all your best friends from home to go on your own journey.

The goodbyes arehard, but college friends quickly find a way to fill all the spaces in your heart.

1. Thank you for making this new, scary campus feel like home.

Finding your best friends in college is so important and makes the experience even more fun. College friends all help each other get comfortable in their new home away from home. There is an instant connection with some people you meet on campus, and that never goes away. You truly find the people you were supposed to meet in college, and form bonds quicker than ever before. College friends are more like you than anyone else. It is so easy to find and gravitate towards people who are so similar to you. With that being said, thank you for making the transition so easy for me.

2. Thank you for creating lifetimes memories with me

From going out every weekend to watching movies, you were always there. When I look back on these four years, I will think of you and the memories we made, together. All the laughs, embarrassing moments and hardships, I had you to lean on. Thank you for being the people I went to every tailgate, philanthropy event, library, dining hall and all the other random places we wandered, with. Even when we were doing the most boring activities, we found a way to make it fun, because we were together.

3. Thank you for all the road trips

The car rides to and from campus never seemed to be as long as they were because of how much fun we had on them. There are not many things I enjoy more than long talks or jam sessions, especially if it is with my best friends. Thank you for always cheering me up when its hard to leave home, because a car ride with my best friends makes going back to campus exciting.

4. Thank you for allowing me to borrow all your clothes

No one has enough clothes for all the outfits needed when going out. Thank you for never getting annoyed when I ask you to send me pictures of your entire wardrobe and then come and try practically everything on. Thank you for not getting mad when I forget to return you clothes or accidently spill on them. Most importantly, thank you for having so many cute options for me to pick from!

5. Thank you for all the advice you give me

If I ever need advice I know I can always turn to you. Sometimes it seems harsh, but I know that it is exactly what I need to hear. You always have my best interest in mind and knowing I can count on you is so comforting. I know you will never judge anything I have to say, or what I am thinking, which makes it so easy to talk to you about everything.

6. Thank you for all the slumber parties

Thank you for never hesitating to allow me to sleepover when I don't feel like walking back to my dorm late at night. If I ever am feeling lonely or need to be with my best friends, I know your door is always open to stay up all night watching movies and gossiping.

7. Thank you for not getting mad that I'm never ready on time

It didn’t take you long to catch on that I can never be on time. Seven to you, means seven thirty to me. You never get mad or annoyed when the plans must change a little because I always lose track of time.

8. Thank you for being the reason I love my school

College is only as good as you make it. You made me love my school, because I love who I go to school with. The friend I found in you is rare, and I will forever be grateful for all the times we shared. I am beyond happy and enjoy every second spent here, because of the people spending the time with me.

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10 Reasons Why My Mom Is My Hero

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My mom is pretty darn special. And I'd be kidding myself to say that I tell her enough how much I appreciate her. There aren't enough breaths in the day to thank her for all that she has done for me, and all that she will do for me. So this is for my momma, these are just a few of the reasons why I think she's pretty great.

1. I can talk to her about anything.

I know for a fact that no matter the issue and no matter the story, my mom will listen to the entire thing with nothing but compassion in her heart. I don't ever need to wonder if she will judge me because I know for a fact that she never will.

2. She gives the best hugs.

I don't care if I saw her yesterday or if I've been away for three months; my mom will always hug me like she hasn't seen me in years, and there isn't a better feeling in the world.

3. I have never met a more selfless person.

She has such a heart for others and I am constantly blown away by her devotion and passion for serving those around her. If I (or anyone else) needs anything, my mom is the first one to jump up, drop everything, and run to help. If I have half as much generosity as my mom someday, I know that I would be making a huge difference.

4. I am inspired by her.

Always.

5. She cares so much for me.

I know that no matter how old I grow to be, and how mature I may become, my mom will always be there for me. She will always be waiting with open arms to either congratulate me or console me. I have never felt more loved by any other human than I do by my mom.

6. She loves me unconditionally.

I will never ever need to worry that she will stop loving me. No matter the circumstances, no matter the phase of life that I'm in, my mom will always be there for me, loving me every step of the way.

7. She is my number one cheerleader.

I don't think I will every meet another person more dedicated to my success and ready to celebrate my accomplishments than my mom. She is hands-down my biggest supporter and will always be standing at the finish line of whatever race I may be running. I could be crawling across that finish line and she'd still be cheering for me the whole way.

8. I can always count on her to point me in the right direction.

My mom will pray for me. She'll encourage me. She will lead by example and through the counseling that she is always ready to provide. I know that I can always count on her to push me in the direction of my dreams.

9. She has the best laugh.

I could pick my mom's laugh out of a crowd of hundreds. Her ability to laugh at herself (and at her own cheesy jokes) are part of what makes her so amazing. But the sound of my mom's laugh has the capability to make anyone's day, including mine.

10. I never stop learning from her.

See points 1-9.


Mom, you are such an amazing woman, and there is simply no way that I could put it into words. So I'll simply say thank you. Thank you for all that you do for me, day-in and day out. Thank you for loving me, and showing me what it means to live like Jesus and everything else that you do. I hope that one day my daughter might love me as much as I love you.

Love,

Me

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My Grandpa Is The Person Who Motivates Me To Achieve My Aspirations

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From an early age, I was forced to explore my passions independently as my mother was never satisfied with anything I wanted to pursue. I had always wanted to enroll into taekwondo, but my mom thought it was not suitable for a girl of my age, so she chose ballet for me instead. I had always enjoyed watching other kids play soccer, so I wanted to experience the team. However, my mom thought that it was too rough of a sport for a girl and chose swim for me instead. I had always wanted to play an instrument and cello was what caught my ear with its soothing deep melody. However, my mom deemed the position in which we play the instrument as "unladylike." Utterly absorbed in her traditional values, my mom refused to let me pursue my own interests.

The one thing she forced me into that grew into a passion was swimming. But even as I started, it was hard to continue because all she ever did was bark at me to swim laps, even though she did not know how to swim herself. However, I pushed through years of criticism and started coaching kids as a job experience. I am careful when instructing the kids at swim because I want them to come to lessons, ready and eager to enjoy swim, not dread it.

After years of her disapproving of my interests, her objections only made me want to pursue more. Every time I'd learn a new interest, my grandpa was supportive. I wasn't the best ballet dancer since I had no balance, but he was patient and held my hand as I walked the beam. I wasn't the fastest swimmer and had just learned how, but he offered to help me float even though he couldn't swim. I wasn't the strongest kicker on the field, but he'd take me out to the park to kick around a beach ball. Sometimes, I'd play nonsense on the piano because I was bored, but he'd still praise me, whereas my mom only scolded my incompetency with frustration. She could never let herself allow me to be happy with my own interests.

My grandpa plays a significant role in my life. He stands as a role model and his life motivates me to achieve my aspirations. Despite our language barrier, I have the strongest connection with him. Ever since I was little, my grandparents were the ones who watched over me rather than my parents. I am glad I got to make so many memories with my grandpa. For as long as I can remember, I'd always pull him to take me on this 2-mile walk to the mall, and since he has never seen an escalator before, we'd go up and down for hours. Then, on the way back, I'd always get tired, and he'd carry me all the way home. When I got through middle school, he was so happy for me for it was rare back in his hometown for kids to even make it to middle school. When I got into college, he cried with joy even though he had no clue where and what University of Michigan or Emory was. When I graduated from high school, he asked me to use my phone and wanted to call every one of his friends even though he couldn't remember most of their numbers.

When I was in 8th grade, he started fainting spontaneously and was hospitalized frequently. The scariest times were when the doctors notified us that he had to have surgery. Helplessly, I waited for further notice from the doctors who worked hard to heal him. Even though I was not a particularly religious person, I always prayed for a smooth operation. After all that he has done for me, I could only wish for him to get better. These doctors saved my grandpa's life countless times and granted him more time with our family. My grandpa sees so much substance in creativity and love and values it much more than money or any material. Seeing this positivity radiate from my hapless grandpa motivates me. His strength through every surgery inspires me. Thanks to him, I was able to explore my interests and be inspired to reach for success.

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