For me, the hardest part about college was leaving my best friends from home. It can be overwhelming coming to a new school full of strangers, but I soon found myself surrounded by a group of people that I definitely consider to be some of my best friends. I've learned that there are certain types of people everyone needs in their life. These are just a few of them.
1. The mom.
The biggest thing I’ve had to adjust to in college is not having my mom around when I need advice or someone to vent to. Thankfully, I live down the hall from my friend who has come to be known as my “college mom”. This is the friend who you can go to for anything, from advice on what to do about a boy to someone who can straighten your hair. The mom of your friend group is the one who makes sure everyone gets home safe at the end of the night and whose catchphrase is “Have fun. Be safe. Call me if you need anything.”
2. The comic relief.
One of my friends whom I’m living with next year is the funniest girl I know. I can’t get through a meal with her without nearly peeing my pants from laughter, and being around her puts me at ease no matter what I may be doing. Sometimes, with the workload and inevitable stress that comes along with college, a good laugh with a great friend is the best way to relax.
3. A soul sister.
It’s Monday, I have three papers to write and no time to do them, and the guy I met last weekend still hasn’t texted me. I have two options: crawl back in bed until Friday, or text my friend for a heart-to-heart vent session. Thankfully, my friend, who will be another one of my roommates next year, is the perfect friend to go to when I need a shoulder to cry on and an ear to talk off. She is an amazing listener and gives the best advice, but she is not one to sugar-coat anything and will tell it like it is without fail. Having that person to help pull you out of a funk is imperative when it comes to success in college.
4. The lunch date.
It is a running joke in my group of friends that I am the girl who’s always down to get food. This is 100 percent true. However, having an entire medium pan pizza from Domino’s to yourself is not good for your wallet or your waistline. I have got a friend who lives three doors down and about 75 percent of our texts are “Hey what are you up to? Wanna get food?” From a quick meal in the cafeteria to driving to our favorite diner down the road, she is someone you can always depend on for good food and good talks while we eat.
5. The roommate.
It’s time for me to insert the cheesy Grey’s roommate line: my roommate is “my person”. She’s a combination of all the types of friends I’ve listed above put into one. My roommate is the person who makes sure I get to my classes on time. She studies her butt off to get good grades and inspires me to do the same. She knows exactly what to say or do when I’m sad to make me feel better and is always down to get dinner and talk about our days. I believe that having a roommate that you get along with is the key to doing well in all areas during your freshman year of college. My roommate and I do more than just get along. She’s my best friend, and I truly do not know what I’d do without her.College friends are about quality and not quantity. I have met so many amazing people and made some great friends. Freshman year has been the best time of my life and I can’t wait to see where the rest of my college years take me with the most amazing friends I could have asked for.