The 15 Things You Share As Roommates

The 15 Things You Share As Roommates

Just about everything under the roof...

Whether you live with one other person, five other people, or a group of 15, as a college students you know what it is like to share just about everything with your roommates. From clothes, to food, to life, your roommates are the ones who have all the cute rompers, late night gooey-fudge cookies, and advice to get you through each week. Yes, there are those never-ending battles about who lost your favorite little black dress, and you can't forget about who took the last piece of cheese, but overall, you learn that living with these other people truly teaches you how to care and share…

  1. Fruit…. honestly its probably a good things since it goes bad so quickly to begin with.
  2. Clothes…from dresses, to work out pants, to underwear (yes, its happened) closets are open to anyone you live with.
  3. Jewelry…those big gold hoops are meant to be shared with the world.

  4. Products…. hair spray, shampoo, deodorant, you name it. Somewhere along the line you and your roommates will have all used the same product, maybe even in the same night.
  5. Perfume…we all need to smell good, don’t we?
  6. Secrets…roommates are so much more than roommates, they’re best friends and second family. If they didn’t know all your deep and dirty life secrets, living with them would never be as fun.
  7. Pizza…. that one roommates to treat to late night pizza is a GOD.
  8. Advice…without the help from friends, how would we know about the stupid boy that’s a shady player, or the lucky numbers to pick for that weeks lottery poll.
  9. Boyfriends…not physically, but mentally, as roommates, we're all comfortable enough to cuddle up with someone’s man and it be completely accepted.
  10. Snacks…Cheese-itz, pretzels, Doritos, Oreos, the list goes on forever. Everyone in the house has different tastes and that’s the best part about it.

  11. Chores…the house has to stay clean somehow, and when everyone does their part it makes life so much easier.
  12. Homework…. getting good grades is the most important thing in college, and having your roommates help you with it can overall help your GPA by a landslide.

  13. Families…getting so unbelievably close with the people you live with is inevitable. Their family becomes yours and vice versa.
  14. Anything regarding hair…losing hair-ties is a normalcy when you are constantly sharing them with six other people.
15. Alcohol…what is the point of having fun if it cant be with your best friends.

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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Why Does It Matter What I'm Going To Do When I Grow Up?

Because I'm still changing my mind!


Questions are the basis of human conversation. Questions are how we understand each other as well as the world around us. We encourage curiosity and the basics of asking questions with children of a young age.

Being curious and always full of questions myself I found life more exciting and purposeful when friends around me shared in my level of curiosity. But the older I get the more I dread hearing one certain question. It is a question asked in lots of versions to every young adult, and every young adult utterly and completely bullshits their answer.

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" "What are you going to do with your major?" "What career are you working towards?"

As kids, this single question is a starting point of exploration and what ifs. For myself, I was the kind of child that had a single answer that I stuck with. "When I grow up I want to work with animals." I varied from zookeeper to a nursery worker, and then finally from about 12 years old I wanted to be a veterinarian. I planned my entire life on that one goal.

I stretched and stressed myself throughout high school to be involved, work at a veterinary clinic part-time while also having spectacular grades. I would go until I would crash and sleep for an entire day.

My mom worried about me as I overdid myself. I rarely saw my parents and when I did most the time it was in passing as I came in for dinner, shower and to sleep just to wake up the next morning and start all over again. Now as a sophomore in college I look back and ask myself why all the junk I once stressed about was so important.

Why did it matter so much to succeed in every single aspect possible? Even though high school was amazing, and I miss some things, like FFA, basketball, and close friends, I didn't get to enjoy these things as much as what I should have. All because I was too worried about getting to my future. Getting into Veterinary school. I had plans and outlines of my life and every detail lined up. All because I knew I had to have an answer to "What do you want to be when you grow up?".

I got to my second semester of college where I was pushing myself again to be active on campus, find a part-time job (hopefully with a vet), while taking 18 credit hours of "vigorous" courses when I finally had enough.

I realized that I'm still figuring out the answer to where my life was going. I needed to let go and let life just happen rather than stress myself to force things to happen. I finally saw that the friends and family around me didn't need an answer to what my future held. And to be honest with myself I didn't know what I wanted to truly do with myself or with my life.

I decided that it was okay to change my mind. I was ready to let go of my detailed plan. I didn't let go just to make another detailed plan, but to step back and let life lead me to my future.

With all of this I don't mean that I feel like what I did in high school was for nothing, I learned valuable lessons I use every day. I found a niche for adaptability and time management that's been super useful. But what I do wish was that I wouldn't have worried so much. I wouldn't have over did myself so much. I could've focused my energy to do better in one or two aspects of high school rather than do okay at ALL the aspects.

I also don't mean that we should go through life without working and striving for dreams. Our aspirations help each of us feel motivated as well as rewarded when we reach our goals. We should all work hard and do our best at every task placed in front of us. Curiosity and hard work to me are some of the most valuable skills everyone should develop within themselves.

From my experience, I would give the advice to any high school and college student that this question that haunts us of what we will be doing in our future should be shrugged away. None of us are in charge of the future and none of us can give a truthful answer except for I DON'T KNOW. I may have ideas or a route I'm following at the moment but maybe next week I will change my major/college choice.

Stop stressing. Stop worrying. Keep working. Keep thinking. Start living. Start feeling free to change your mind. None of us should imprison ourselves just so we have an answer to the next person that asks you, "What do you plan to do when you grow up?"

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