A Letter To My Younger Sister

An Open Letter To My Younger Sister

You're genuinely the only one who can make me cry laugh.

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Dear Sis,

I want to start off by simply saying: thank you. I don't think I say it often enough but I seriously mean it.

Thank you for listening to me cry and somehow being able to make me laugh even in those moments. You're genuinely the only one who can make me cry laugh.

Thank you for listening to all my rants and all my anxious thoughts. I know I can be overwhelming at times but thank you for just being there and listening.

Thank you for being my partner in crime in everything and just hanging out with me. Life is a million times better with you around. I also want to say I love you. You are my best friend. We fight over every small thing and even when we have those bigger fights - we always know that at the end of the day we will always be there for each other. Genuinely my favorite memories with you are always the ones where we are cracking up so hard that I'm wheezing. I love that we will just randomly go on target runs just because we have nothing better to do. And I'm very grateful for those late night car drives when we just update each other about everything and anything.

You are literally one of the funniest people I know, even if I always say "that's not funny." And don't even get me started on those dance moves you have lol Recently those "sister dates" we have been having are my favorite memories.

I don't know how you grew up so fast. I remember seeing you with your emo hair in middle school and somehow now you've become this beautiful young adult. We always just I'm you're "little" big sister because you have always been better at the whole makeup and independence thins. But dang girl, you're about to be eighteen next year and I can't believe how fast time has gone.

I'm so proud of you lil sis. Of the amazing and kind woman that you are. I admire that you stand up for what you believe in and that you are so strong. You have gone through so much the year but you always come out stronger. As the older one, it is my duty to throw out some advice. So let me remind you to always trust in God- even when it gets hard and even when it doesn't make sense. And know that He is always, ALWAYS, with you. And lastly, I want to end by saying I'm sorry.

I'm sorry because sometimes I get so busy that I'm barely home.

I'm sorry that sometimes instead of having those late night talks I have to do homework. And I'm sorry for all the times I've yelled at you when you're actually right. (This is the time to say I'm sorry about using your toothbrush this week- sorry- it grossed me out as much as it is you right now). I'm always praying for you sis and I love ya. Cheers to a new year of amazing new memories!!!!

- Your Big Sis

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21 Things You Say To Your Roommate If You Two Are Practically A Married Couple

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Let's be real: you and your roommate have said these things at least one to each other.

1. "Can you turn the light off?"

2. "We probably shouldn't go out for dinner again...right?"

*Complains about not having money* *Spends $8 on Chipotle three times a week*

3. "I always pick where we go"

This is a fight you have with your roommate almost every day when you're roommate is as indecisive as mine.

4. "Do you have my keys?"

5. "Can you pick me up?"

6. "Is it hot in here?"

7. "Does this outfit look stupid?"

The answer is usually yes. No offense.

8. "Can you throw this out for me?"

9. "Can we get ice cream?"

10. "I need coffee."

This text is usually sent when you know your roomie is out running errands... errands you know are near a Starbucks.

11. "Can you tell me what happened?"

12. "Are you asleep?"

There have been times where I couldn't tell if you were asleep or dead... and I had to say this out loud to check if you were alive.

13. "Check your DM's."

*Cracks up in the middle of nowhere* *Catches a weird stare from your roomie across the room*

14. "Can you plug this in for me?"

15. "Can you pick a movie?"

Another instance where "I always pick" happens.

16. "Look at this girl's Instagram."

*Chucks phone across the room at roommate*

17. "Can you call me?"

18. "Can we meet up?"

19. "Can you help me find my phone?"

*Tries to leave the house to do something* *Loses phone* Every. Time.

20. "What should we do tonight?"

*Tries to get ready to do something fun* *Ends up staying in for another girls' night*

21. "Why isn't everyone as great as us?"

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Finding Your Niche In College Starts With Finding You

Attempting to be someone you are not for the sake of having company only hurts you in the long run.

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Transitioning to college is hard enough, but trying to find a place where you feel "at home" can make this time even more stressful. Here are some tips on how to find that place/group of people that make you feel like sunshine.

I have always felt a little out of place wherever I went, but it wasn't until college that I realized that this feeling was so special and more people should capitalize on their differences rather than conforming to a certain mold. Transitioning to college and finding your place among so many people can be very overwhelming. The added stress of attempting to be someone you aren't for the sake of having company adds a whole other layer to this problem. The easiest thing for me to do in any situation like this is trying to make the setting a little smaller. One of the most obvious ways to do this on a college campus is by getting involved!

It is inevitable that within the first few weeks of the semester at any college, there will be an organization fair. This is a chance to scope out all that your school has to offer! Chances are there will be some type of group or club that lines up with your interests. Most college campuses have extracurricular opportunities ranging from social sororities and fraternities, professional ones, intermural sports, vocal groups, and so many more. You are more than likely going to find some type of organization that you can call home if you seek them out. Joining an organization is such an easy way to interact with people with similar interests. An interest can bring two completely different people together and create some beautiful friendships. It is situations like this where it is important to be your authentic self and mingle with those you share something with.

That being said, finding your place in college isn't always about being involved. Getting involved on campus is just one of the simplest ways to start. There are so many other opportunities on campus to meet people whether it be among others in your residence hall, people in your classes, or just people you find yourself stumbling upon! Finding people to spend your time with is easy; however, you should make it a point to surround yourself with people who bring you up.

Once you have a set group of people that you find yourself spending time with, it is important to pay attention to the way you feel when you're around them. If you find yourself feeling bad about yourself or get the impression that you need to change something in order to "fit in," chances are the people you're around are not the best for you or your self-esteem. It is important to surround yourself with people who allow you to feel comfortable in your own skin. That being said, you also want people who encourage you to make good decisions and help you reach your goals. People who encourage toxic behavior in your life might be fun in the short term, but in the grand scheme of things, you need to be surrounded by people with your best interest in mind. Essentially, surrounding yourself with people who influence you to be your best self is one of the best decisions you can make short and long term.

The key to all of this is being conscious of your own feelings and needs. Pay attention to who reaches out to you to hang out. Notice the ones who pay attention to you as you speak when it feels like no one is listening. More than anything, be conscious of who you're with and where you're at when you experience moments of pure happiness. Life is too short to waste your precious time on people who don't build you up. Wouldn't you rather spend your time with more moments of pure joy than self-hate? Start living for you!

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