To The Girl Who Is Always A Bro

To The Girl Who Is Always A Bro

A letter to any girl who has ever felt that she is always a bro and doesn't know how to get past that.
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Dear Girl Who is Always a Bro,

I know what kind of person you are. You are a girl who likes to hang out with the guys and be one of the guys because for some reason, you just can't click with the girls. You don't like the drama or discussing the things they are interested in. You don't like how sometimes girls beat around the bush instead of just telling it to you straight.

I get it because I used to be you.

When you meet these guys, you start a conversation with them they thought they would never have with a girl. You talk football or any other sports. You talk about what they like in a girl, not in a personality sense. What are their preferences?

The boys are shaking their heads in disbelief and just don't get it at first, but you hang out more.

Being able to hang with the boys was always a lot of fun because of our stupid and crazy adventures. They are always in high spirits, but you become the mom of the group because you are the only one that is not as impulsive.

As the mom of the group, your job entails the following: vetting the new girlfriends to make sure their hearts won’t be broken; making sure they have manners and are being a gentlemen; doing their homework; being their ear; the person to take comfort in because they don't want to do it in front of the boys; letting them know when the girlfriends have cheated on them (twice) and being the girl who always came back to the friendship when they had to push you away for other reasons.

As time goes on, you realize that you only have a 1 to 13 ratio of girl to guy friends you have.

You become really close with these guys of yours, but one thing that doesn't change is that you are still the girl in the group. You have to leave at night when everyone sleeps over or sleep in a different room because the parents feel uncomfortable with a girl being there.

The boy's girlfriends gets jealous because you are hanging out with them even though it isn't at all what they think. A lot of other girls will think that you are just flirting with these guys, but that's not it either.

You are still a girl, which means you still want that girl talk. You have one best friend that understands you, but you want those to multiply. You don't know how to go about it because it's hard to relate.

I understand because I used to be you. My advice is just have patience, even though it's hard sometimes. We are a special breed that have to wait for the right kind of girls to fall in our lap--girls who are soul-mates and completely understand you. The opportunity will arise to allow you to broaden your girl-friend group, so take it, you won't regret it. It won't be easy, but you will catch on. As soon as you catch them, it will be hard to let go of them.

Some will leave you, but that means that they weren't meant to be there. They were there to teach a little lesson about life.

You will still have your guys and will make more guy friends. This is OK, but you have to learn not to bro all of them, especially the ones you really like. Be yourself, but do not talk to them like you do with the guys. Be a girl for a minute, it's okay.

Be more feminine; it will come with time. Wear a dress and make up in front of them. They won't care if you are a little girly, it's still you. I can't promise you that they won't be a little shocked sometimes.

No matter what, loyalty is everything for guys. They will always be there for you, even at your wedding when they become the bride's bros (instead of bridesmaids). It's okay to go to them with guy stuff, but remember your boundaries.

Keep your head up,

The Forever Girly Bro

Cover Image Credit: Catie Berry

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Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

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Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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To My Best Friend's Mom, Who Was Also Like A Mother To Me, Too

I'd like to start with thank you.

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I'd like to start with thank you.

Thank you for the countless times you included and supported me, from a young age to the current day. Thank you for always packing an extra snack, including me in weekend events and not getting mad when we'd forget to ask if we could have a sleepover. Thank you for treating me like one of your own, and always making me feel welcome. Thank you for always welcoming up your home, for carting me around on family vacations and for always being a shoulder to cry on or an extra person to sit and listen. Oh, and thank you for not getting mad that one time I broke the doorknob.

You played just as important role in my life growing up, as my own family, and I'm incredibly thankful for that.

I'll never for the first time we just "assumed" it was okay I spent the night. It was 10 pm on a Friday and we were spending our time like any other night distracted by our laptops, iPhones or some drama that happened at school earlier in the day. Finally, you came in to see what was going on and when you asked if we "had a question to ask you" all we could think to ask was if we could order pizza. Fast forward a year or two later and this would become the norm.

We'd spend countless hours outside on the trampoline, playing just dance in the living room and making our "famous" Mac and cheese or cheese quesadillas. You always went out of your way to make me feel accepted and even made sure the burgers off the grill didn't have any grill lines. You know, because this clearly meant that they were burnt.

You put up with my nonsense requests and always made sure they were at least acknowledged (no matter how ridiculous).After high school graduation our lives were clearly changing, and so was the friendship not only between my best friend and I but between you and I. We had grown and experiences many different life events together. What once was a nurturing and caring bond between us became as mutual adult friendship, and since then there was no looking backTo celebrate college graduation you helped us plan our trip to Disney and universal and attended it yourself.

The last time we took this trip her and I were mere juniors and high school, and now able to have drinks by the pool he dynamics were changing.

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