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My Random Roommate And I Are The Perfect Combination, Miracles Do Happen

Thank you, university housing, for randomly placing two strangers together who ended up becoming instant best friends.

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Prior to coming to college, I was nervous about who I was going to end up rooming with. I did have close friends coming to campus with me, but we all wanted to branch out and go with random roommates. The many questions crossed my mind: Will she like me? Will I like her? Will we be able to find common ground? How are two complete strangers going to manage to live in a room together?

On move-in day, my roommate, Jessica, and I instantly hit it off. We found out that we had a lot in common, such as being Chicago natives and loving books. As the months in the year fly by, the closer she and I became. Here is a list of things that make us an awesome duo.

1. We can read each other's minds.

Coincidence? I think not! I feel that if you have a connection with someone you live with, your brains are bound to become one. Very superstitious, but totally normal with us.

2. We love our Netflix nights each week. 

Every week, my roommate and I end up watching anything on Netflix that seems interesting. No matter whether it is a good or bad show/movie, we will always bring it up during our daily conversations. A memorable night was when we watched the Netflix original film "SPF-18" with the handsome Noah Centineo. Let's just say, whenever the movie gets mentioned, all we do is burst out laughing and cringe inside.

3. We are dining hall buddies.

Since we both detest eating at the dining hall alone, we end up going together. Eating during Late Night at Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Hall (PAR) has become a tradition. A very unhealthy tradition, but it completes our day.

4. We are not afraid to open up to one another.

Every day, we ask one another how our days went. We tell each other our hopes, dreams, fears, and secrets. It makes living with each other more comfortable. We've become each other's cheerleader!

5. We go on adventures together. 

Whether it is taking two buses to go eat at Olive Garden, shopping at the mall, attending parties, or average shenanigans at our residence hall, we are never bored of one another. I can't wait to see what other adventures await us.

I am glad to have an amazing roommate who cares about my well being and vice versa. We lift each other up, hug when we're sad, and laugh at the most random thing ever. From inside jokes to heart-to-heart moments, I found a best friend in my roommate. And I am eternally grateful.

All in all, thank you, university housing, for putting us together.

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A Letter To My Freshman Dorm Room As I Pack Up My Things

Somehow a 15' x 12' room became a home.

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Dear Geary 411,

With your creaky beds, concrete walls, and mismatched tile floors, you are easily overlooked as just another room we were randomly assigned to— but you were different. Inside your old walls, I have made some of the best memories of my life that I will hold on to forever.

Thank you for welcoming my neighbors in with open arms who quickly became friends who didn't knock and walked in like you were their own.

I feel like an apology is needed.

We're sorry for blaring the music so loud while getting ready and acting like we can actually sing when, in reality, we know we can't. Sorry for the dance parties that got a bit out of control and ended with us standing on the desks. Sorry for the cases of the late-night giggles that came out of nowhere and just would not go away. Sorry for the homesick cries and the "I failed my test" cries and the "I'm dropping out" cries. We're sorry for hating you at first. All we saw was a tiny and insanely hot room, we had no idea what you would bring to us.

Thank you for providing me with memories of my first college friends and college experiences.

As I stand at the door looking at the bare room that I first walked into nine months ago I see so much more than just a room. I see lots and lots of dinners being eaten at the desks filled with stories of our days. I see three girls sitting on the floor laughing at God knows what. I see late night ice cream runs and dance battles. I see long nights of homework and much-needed naps. Most importantly, I look at the bed and see a girl who sat and watched her parents leave in August and was absolutely terrified, and as I lock you up for the last time today, I am so proud of who that terrified girl is now and how much she has grown.

Thank you for being a space where I could grow, where I was tested physically, mentally and emotionally and for being my home for a year.

Sincerely,

A girl who is sad to go

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8 Things We Do In College That You Probably Won't Tell Mom And Dad On Your Weekly Phone Call

A list of the things you do to spice up college life, shhh don't tell the parents.

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All of us are experiencing freedom and our own rules for the first time and sometimes we push the limits. So here's the list of the things we probably won't tell mom and dad we did when they call tomorrow morning.

1. Get a Piercing

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There's something sketchy about tattoo parlors and college towns. Overpriced, yet people are still lined out the door because they need a new earring or face piercing SO bad. Until they call mom and she's not happy.

2. Dye your Hair

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"Well I thought I'd change things up and Sussie had extra dye"

3. Get a Tattoo

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"I got this because I'm a _____ major and we love ______"

or the good ol' Ohio 110 logo.

4. Go on a Bender

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Sometimes you think wet week is a good idea. Sadly your bank account, your liver, and early classes think otherwise.

5. Junk Food Splurge

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You'll probably eat out too many times in a week and regret it later when you have a food baby.

6. Using the Credit Card for Drinks

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Money is all coming from the same place though, right? Truly sorry for this one.

7. Promiscuity

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Being away from home and having your own roof, sort of, lets you make any decision you want. Many students become much more sexually active and let their guard down about safe sex.

8. Bad Decisions

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Whether it's blacking out on weekdays, getting an unsafe ride home, or puking while showering, sometimes college gets the best of us. But I can tell you we have a hell of a time doing it.

Mom, if you're reading this, these weren't all my ideas I'm not that bad I swear! And students be safe and try and think before you do something that could make your parents very, very mad.... tattoos are FOREVER.

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