To The Friend I Never Saw Coming In College

To The Friend I Never Saw Coming In College

It's the friend everyone needs, but doesn't know it until they find her.
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I owe you a whole bunch of thank yous

1. For always keeping me on track

When I have forgotten about the homework due in an hour, you're always there to send me the answers super quick or just when I need help with any school work, you're my go to girl. And lets be honest, just sitting with someone doing homework together will ALWAYS better than doing it alone.

2. For doing absolutely everything with me

Thanks for always being my date to the Caf, running errands with me, supporting my sorority fundraisers, tanning by the pool with me, taking walks with me, bringing me a sweatshirt to class, giving me snacks, studying with me, laying by the river with me and really just being there overall. I know I'll never be alone in this crazy college ride because I have you.

3. For being just as weird as I am

Some of our inside jokes (and study tactics) people will never understand. We can look at each other, and start laughing with no words said and make the weirdest comments without ever being judged by one another.

4. For always being a listening ear

Considering we spend almost every waking second together, you always know the drama in my life, and you're always down to listen. From the rants about the mean girls at the bar, to the ridiculous nights you missed out on, I know I can always ramble on about anything to you and you'll always be there to listen and talk about whatever it is with me.

5. For understanding my love of junk food

From the "screw the gym today" texts or my favorite "the Caf has chocolate frosted brownies today", you always understand my everyday cravings for junk. It's always good to have a friend to be lazy and pig out with.

6. For encouraging me

Shout out to you for reminding me what I deserve in life. You always keep it real and tell me when I'm messing around with the wrong guys, telling my secrets to the fake friends, or just telling me the truth about how crazy my hair looks that day. Whenever I'm upset or discouraged, I can always count on you to cheer me up and give me 1000 reasons to smile.

7. For being another closet

Thank heavens we're the same size shoe! You always have exactly what I'm looking for, and if not you help me find it. Life's a whole lot easier knowing you have about 100 more outfits to chose from for that fancy sorority brunch, so thanks for always letting me borrow your clothes when needed.

8. And for just being you

For being crazy, but lazy, funny, smart, dedicated, weird, sassy, fun, adventurous, and simply just you! I'm so happy college led me to you, and I can't wait for the rest of this journey with you.

Cover Image Credit: Rachael Dugo

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I often hear a lot of people complaining about their step-parents and wondering why they think that they have any authority over them. Although I know that everyone has different situations, I will be the first to admit that I am beyond blessed to have a step dad. Yep, I said it. My life wouldn't be the same that it is not without him in it. Let me tell you why I think step dads are the greatest things since sliced bread.

1. They will do anything for you, literally.

My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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2. Life lessons.

Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

So, dad... thanks. Thanks for being you. Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for being strong. Thanks for loving me. Thanks for loving my mom. Thanks for giving me a wonderful little sister. Thanks for being someone that I can count on. Thanks for being my dad.

I love you!

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"If you learn to use it right, the adversity, it will buy you a ticket to a place you couldn't have gone any other way." — UVA Coach Tony Bennet

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One year and 23 days is all it took for the University of Virginia Men's Basketball team to earn a glorious redemption. The journey along the way was accompanied by many tears, heartache, dedication, hard work, and amazing coaching.

After a devastating loss to a number 16 seed team, UMBC, just over a year ago, the UVA Men's Basketball team took a hard hit; and not just from their pride and spirit from such a devastating loss, but also from the outside world. They became the first number one seed to lose to a number 16 seed in NCAA history. In a 'Sports Illustrated' article done by Andy Staples, he wrote a moving piece on Kyle Guy, Virginia's point guard. Guy became the face of the loss due to the image of him hanging his head in shame, while UMBC celebrates their victory on the court. After this image became viral, Guy became the face for Virginia's historical and upsetting loss. In the article, he expressed how this loss affected him and his teammates in more ways than one. He addressed his struggles with anxiety, especially after such a major loss. He relied heavily on his fiancé, family, team and coaches during this difficult time.

Guy shared that what happened on the court, was then haunting them in their everyday lives. After that historical game, outsiders and "fans" began to threaten them. Minutes after the loss, he shared that the players had to have police escort them back to their hotel because they were receiving death threats. With concerns from loved ones, Guy shared a touching conversation with his mother, Katy Fitzgerald. She had asked him how he was doing; he responded with: "A bend in the road isn't the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn." Her response was, "What if I told you not to worry, because when you feel like you're drowning, fear not, your lifeguard walks on water."

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I would call them a team, but it is very clear these gentlemen are more like a family. Through the continuous support, appreciation and love they show for each other; they are truly an inspiring group of men. This is an inspiring story of the journey of life not always being easy, but definitely being well worth it. These athletes took one of life's sourest lemons and truly turned it into some very sweet lemonade, and that is a lesson worth remembering.

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