A Big Thank You to the Friends I Have Met my Freshman Year At Syracuse

A Big Thank You to the Friends I Have Met my Freshman Year At Syracuse

With these people, I created some of the most genuine, hilarious, and happy memories.

Well I am in complete shock. My freshman year has flown by in a stressful, chaotic blink and I am packing to go back home for the hot summer days, working and hanging with my friends by the pool. Thank goodness. It feels like such a short time ago, we were all worried to meet our roommates, make new friends, and take harder courses. Well here we are, packing to go back home after a whole two semesters at college. I have learned and grown so much through the experiences I have gone through this year. However, the most important factor that helped me evolve and enjoy my first year at Syracuse University was the amazing people I have met.

When I was nervous and anxious to be in a new environment, so many people in the same boat opened up and let me in. With these people, who I call my dear friends, I created some of the most genuine, hilarious, and happy memories. With these people, I had some of the best movie nights that ended with the orange hues of a sunrise. With these people, I had girly nights in with face masks, nonstop talking and horrible dancing. With these people, I struggled to get through exam weeks on very little to no sleep, which tested all of our strength and motivation. With these people, I ordered-in countless amounts of sushi, Chinese food, and pizza. (Honestly, Bleu Monkey should thank me for their business.) With these people, I made late night runs to Kimmel to get milkshakes, chips, and unhealthy junk food that further fueled the “freshmen 15.” In such a short time, I have grown attached to these individuals who made me laugh through a painful, yet a very exciting year.

Unlike high school, you can bond and get to know these people 24/7. You live with them. You eat with them. You do laundry with them. You study with them. Your free time is your own time at college which allows you to see the people you wish any time for as long as you want. Because of this, my friendships in college is as strong or even stronger than those I made in the 12 years up to college. Each and every friend has helped me experience college to the fullest. They shaped the way I grew and changed as an individual.

The laughs we shared at the dining hall to the topnotch karaoke session are the little moments I am forever grateful for. Without my amazing friends that entered my life this year, I would not have had such a fulfilling first year at college. Always remember to surround yourself with people that give you joy and make your heart feel full. They will only bring happy times that will make your life vibrant.

As I pack to go back home for the summer, I can only think of how blessed I am to encounter some of the most intelligent, hilarious, genuine, and loving people. I can’t imagine a better year. As much as I am ready for the carefree summer, I know that when it’s time to move back in, I will be very giddy for another adventurous year at Syracuse. But until then, HAGS!

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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The Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.


Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.

Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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