To My Abroad Traveling Big

To My Abroad Traveling Big

I miss you
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To my big:

It is sad to be at school without you. And it is even sadder to go through all the motions of finding a little and setting up baskets and all that jazz without someone to turn to at any second of the day. It is hard to watch my friends have their bigs to hang out with when I am without you.

But, I know that you are having the best time in Europe. As much as I would love it if you were here, I wouldn't want to take this experience away from you. I can live vicariously through pictures of you in Switzerland, or snapchats of your Italian pizza, or nights out in London.

However, it doesn't make it any easier to be without you. I miss our random dinner outings and endless laughs and dumb jokes and staying up til all hours of the night doing literally nothing together. But I know that will come soon.

Because something else that is nice about you being gone is the fact that it helps me learn to appreciate you that much more. Now that I have experienced school without you, I know that without a doubt it is a far less exciting, fun, and magical place. And a place with a lot less love.

So eat your gelato, take in the sights, and have the time of your life. Know that I am thinking of you and I miss you, and I can't wait to hear all of your stories when you return!

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Here's To You, Sophomore Year, And The Memories And Friends You Brought Me

All I can say now is "thank u, next."

Andi Cox
Andi Cox
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Sophomore year is finally over and I am not sure how I feel about it. We are over the hill of some of the best years of our lives, am I the only one who is kind of afraid by that? We are done building the foundation for the rest of our college years. Those boring prerequisite classes are finally out of our way and we get to anticipate the real classes for our major.

The best part of sophomore year is saying hello to new friends and staying faithful to the true ones. We found new places to hang because the frat parties are now overrated. We wish for the days that we finally get to hit "the Ville" but realize we still have some time.

We had some good times and some crazy, but sophomore year taught me a lot about life than I could have expected. I take in the small moments because memories of it are all we have now. I learned from the hard ones and became better. I grew this year into a different person it feels like- academically I am better, more focused. Socially, I learned not everyone is going to be in your life forever and knowing the ones that are is comforting.

With junior year approaching, it brings in anticipation of freedom and a taste of adulthood. If you are like me then you are finally done sharing 130 square feet with one, maybe two other people. We get to move into our own houses, that we rented ourselves, with our friends. The feeling of having my own room again is warming, and the thought of being able to make my own food is making me lose weight already.

In reflection, I am happy it happened but I am glad it's over.

Cheers to sophomore year, you weren't all bad.

Andi Cox
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