17 'Thank-Yous' My College Girl Gang Deserves

17 'Thank-Yous' My College Girl Gang Deserves

Because you just don't hear it enough.
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Sometimes, when we find a really great group of friends, we start to get used to it. We feel very lucky to have them, but we begin to take them for granted. No matter who your girl gang is, make sure they know how thankful you are for them.

1. Thank you for always responding to my texts

Whether it is an important question/revelation, a collection of screenshots or just "what r u doing", thank you for always responding.

2. Thank you for letting me tell you anything (read: literally anything)

And not making me feel weird about what I tell you. Whether its a weird medical question or a story that maybe should have been kept to myself, thanks for being a listening ear.

3. Thank you for being there for me through the tough times

It is hard to be around people when they are going through a hard time, whatever that may be. But thanks for doing it.

4. Thank you for having fun with me even doing boring stuff

Somehow, with the right gang, even doing sprints at the gym or homework at the library can be semi-enjoyable.

5. Thank you for doing the little things for me

Whether that is bringing me McDonald's in the middle of the night when I'm stressed or telling me I look nice when I'm having one of those days, it means the world.

6. Thank you for being honest with me

I'd rather you tell me I look ridiculous than lie and say "oh, that looks great!" when it is clear it doesn't. The honesty is what separates good friends from great friends.

7. Thank you for supporting me constantly

Little encouraging text messages mean so much, but even just a heart for eyes comment on a picture can make you feel on top of the world.

8. Thank you for making hours go by in minutes

With the right gang, it can go from your 7 p.m. homework meet up to your 1 a.m. pizza chow down and High School Musical showing in what feels like minutes. (You're the right gang.)

9. Thank you for laughing at my piece of sh*t jokes

I appreciate the pity laughs. But what I appreciate most is those moods where all the crap jokes are the ones that result in laughing tears.

10. Thank you for not making me feel like I need to change to fit in

From a person who has had a hard time finding the right friend group, thank you for letting me just be myself and still loving me for it.

11. Thank you for keeping me on track with my goals

I appreciate you telling me not to order those cookies (or, 6 of those cookies rather) and reminding me why.

11. But also for not making me feel bad when I don't meet the mark

But sometimes, 6 cookies are necessary. Thanks for knowing the difference.

12. Thank you for understanding my moods (sometimes just by my face)

After a while, you've learned what should/should not be brought up and when. That's the sign of a true friend group.

13. Thank you for not judging me, ever

For anything. That's a pretty impressive feat.

14. Thank you for also thinking a night in watching 2000s tween movies an unforgettable night

The laughter shared over the "Lizzie McGuire" movie or "Jump In" is laughter that can't be found elsewhere.

15. Thank you for being friends worth telling my parents about

You're the kind of people who are worth telling everyone about. It's only fair my parents know about my other family.

16. Thank you for being friends worth being my bridesmaids

You're the people who have stood next to me for a long time, and the people who will stand next to me at my wedding, too.

17. Thank you for loving me, through and through

That is the brunt of it. Thank you for being the greatest friends a girl could ask for. I don't deserve it, but I am thankful.

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

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3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

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4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

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5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

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6. Condom case

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You Can Cut People Out Of Your Life And That's OK

Have you ever had "friends" in your life you felt like you couldn't trust or weren't good for you?

Have you ever been super annoyed by anyone on social media because of their posts?

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Last spring, I had to drop two friends I felt were no longer a good influence on me. It was difficult to make this decision, but I did take a while to think about it. I still feel to this day that I made the right decision.

They talked badly about people, and they talked badly about their own "best friends" behind their backs. They DID things behind their friends' backs, that they knew they would get mad at.

I felt I couldn't trust them because of this. I also felt that they were very narcissistic, and only cared about what people looked like. They began to appear to be shallow to me. At one point, I really had no desire to be their friends anymore.

I didn't do this aggressively. I did this silently. I unfollowed them on Instagram, unfriended them on Snapchat and Facebook, and unfollowed them on Twitter.

I just wanted their toxicity out of my life. It wasn't good for my mental health.

Well, soon they realized that I did this and they lashed out. I wasn't mean to them until they were mean to me. I tried to talk to them calmly and civilly, but they did not reciprocate. I stood up for myself and was done.

It was liberating.

Now, to go on to the second part of my article.

I really am one of the least judgmental people but this situation amazed me.

About three years ago, (and I can't remember how), I became friends on Facebook with a girl who had very recently become unexpectedly pregnant at 16. (Legally a child). She just turned 17.

She got married to her boyfriend of two years (the father of the baby) only two months after finding out she was pregnant.

They moved to Washington state for the husband's military station.

Even though they were SUPER young, I thought they were really cute and I admired and respected her for her maturity in raising her child.

But then, she got pregnant again. At 18. She was going to be a mother of two at 18.

I don't know if it was on purpose or not, but I still was shocked nonetheless.

I didn't really like her husband that much. He posted multiple pictures of his truck every day on Facebook, but barely any of his kids.

He was in the military fighting for our country yet his Facebook statuses were racist, sexist, and just mean and OFFENSIVE.

Plus, his posts were hard to read too sometimes because his grammar was AWFUL. Some of the words he used weren't even real words. He sounded very uneducated.

Then, about a month ago, the wife posts a status on Facebook saying that she and her husband were separated and were getting a divorce because the husband couldn't stop commenting on other girls' pictures and wanting to know who other girls were. She posts this for all the world to see; changes her married name on social media to her maiden name. Then like a week or so ago, she's all of a sudden posting pics of her husband, acting all lovey-dovey with him.

So are you getting divorced or what?

I just realized that I was done. I had been following a random ass couple on Facebook for three years now, whose drama I could no longer handle or comprehend.

I lost all respect for the wife. She said herself her husband was disloyal, then a month later, turns around and forgets like it never happened.

To me, their marriage is a complete joke. How can she ever trust him? How can we see him as a decent military man if he cheats on his wife? They're going to be so unhappy. And their children are going to be affected by it.

And the very last thing that bothered me after that was seeing her change her profile picture on Facebook to her and her husband, with herself holding a REDD's Hard Cider. She's 20. This profile picture is public. For all the world to see.

She's a mom and a military wife posting pictures of herself illegally drinking.

I have no words other than I have no respect.

I had to delete her and her husband, and honestly, I feel so much better.

Life is better simple and peaceful.

I realized that in the end, all I needed was me. Worrying about other peoples' unsolvable problems was getting me nowhere. I'm exactly where I need to be.

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