What Having A Roommate Has Taught Me

What Having A Roommate Has Taught Me

Having a roommate is not always a pleasant thing, but in my case, it was.

I've never had a roommate before, so moving to college and having four, rocked my world. Now, technically, I have one roommate and two suite mates, but when it comes to cleaning and buying supplies for our joint bathroom, we're all in this together. In saying so, there have been more than a few things I have discovered since enjoying their company.

You get super close.

My roommate's name is Mallory, and she went to high school with me. We played sports together when we were younger, and I kept the book for the Varsity basketball team she played on. We have always known each other but were pretty much only acquaintances. Being the only two girls to go to Troy University from our school, we immediately stuck together and wanted to room. Just because we agreed to room, didn't mean we became best friends in the ending months of senior year, but it did mean that we went everywhere together the first few months of freshman year (don't get me wrong, we still drag the other one wherever we need or want to go). Now, Mallory and I know everything about each other and have spent many nights venting to one another.

I've kept a better cleaning schedule.

I wasn't, by any means, nasty or unkept before having a roommate, but leaving a Pop-Tart wrapper on your desk for a couple of days, or dirty laundry on the floor, are smaller things that I've taken care of sooner rather than later because of Mallory's presence.

We stay on top of one another.

When scheduling classes, typically one of us makes sure that each of us starts our day at the same time so that one is always pressuring the other to get a move on when we are being lazy. We also make sure that each of us is doing well in class and get an ample amount of study time, because, if one of us fails, it leaves the other without a roommate.

What's mine is your's.

I know not all roommates are like how Mallory and I are, especially with this. If one of us buys food or drinks, its for both of us. If I have a cute top, we have a cute top. If she has hairspray, we have hairspray. Just because this silent rule is in place, doesn't mean our decency vanishes, because we tend to always ask even though we know the answer is yes.

So, despite our differences, Mallory and I have learned a lot and have come a long way in our friendship. We may not always get along, but we also know that each of us are there for each other, and that's what it's all about. Mallory, if you're reading this, just know I am blessed to be your roomie and I love you!

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Dear Mom,

Do you remember when I was three and we would play together? It was the age of princesses and carpet that was actually lava, and you were the prettiest woman in the whole wide world. Do you remember when I was in high school and the world seemed too big and scary? You would know exactly when to take me on a mother-daughter date and have me laughing about anything and everything, and you were the smartest woman in the whole wide world. Now, I'm buried in homework and deadlines hours away from you and we don't get to talk as much you want, but you're still the prettiest, smartest woman in the whole wide world.

I'm sorry that I don't call you as much as I should, and you know a lot of what goes on in my world via posts and pictures. Our schedules just seem to never line up so we can have the three-hour conversations about everything like I want to. I know we don't agree on absolutely everything, but I cherish every piece of advice you give me, even though it probably seems like I'm hardly listening. I know that sometimes we get on each other's nerves, but thank you for putting up with me for all of these years. Thank you for listening to me cry, complain, question things and go on and on about how everything in college is. I know I don't come home as much as I used to, but I think about you all the time. After all, you're my first friend, and therefore, my best friend.

Thank you for celebrating my successes with me, and not downing me too hard for my failures. Thank you for knowing what mistakes I shouldn't make, but letting me make them anyway because you want me to live my life and be my own person. Thank you for knowing when to ask about the boy I've been talking about, and when to stop without any questions. Thank you for letting me be my crazy, weird, sometimes know-it-all self.

Thank you for sitting back and watching me spread my wings and fly. There is no way I could have known how to grow into the woman I am today if I hadn't watched you while I was growing up so I would know what kind of person I should aspire to be. Thank you for being the first (and the best) role model I ever had. You continue to inspire and amaze me every day with all that you do, and all that you are.

I don't know how I got so lucky to have a person in my life like you, but I thank the Lord every night for blessing me with the smartest, prettiest person to be my best friend, my role model, my confidant, my person and most importantly, my mother.


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22 Signs The Girls You've Met In College Will Be Part Of Your Girl Gang For Life

To the lovely ladies I've met in college that I can never imagine my life without again


Let me just be the first to say, I honestly don't know how I survived the majority of my life without you guys.

Attending college out of state in a completely new area and not knowing a single soul, I was petrified of the idea of starting over. I had a great group of friends at home, and I wasn't ready to begin this new chapter of my life. Hearing my parents and family friends talk about the people they met in college only stressed me out even more because, what if I didn't meet "my people?"

Luckily, that's when you guys came along, and my life was changed forever.

1. You genuinely care about each other's happiness.

2. Talking 24/7 is absolutely necessary.  You basically have a 2nd boyfriend.

3. You know absolutely everything and more about each other...even the details that may be TMI.

4. Regardless of how dramatic it is, you can rely on one another for advice on absolutely anything.

5. You can't go more than 2 days without seeing one another...it's just not allowed. It feels like your 2nd boyfriend has mysteriously gone missing.

6. And when you go out together for a girls night, all hell breaks loose.

7. The best way to solve your problems is with each other, and a full glass of wine.

8. Somehow you lasted 18 years without them in your life, and you wonder every day how that was possible.

A friend like you is something I've always prayed to find, and I am so thankful I did.

9. You willingly shower each other with compliments like it is your job.

10. They give you that reality check every here and there when you are being more than overdramatic.

11. When something amazing happens, you immediately go to one another to celebrate.

12. They're always your support system no matter what.

13. They'll most likely be in your bridal party because they're the only people who will keep you mentally sane.

I wouldn't want anyone else beside me on my special day.

14. Staying mad at each other for long is just not even slightly possible.

15. You probably hate the same people, for the same reasons.

To the boy who screwed over your best friend, the girl who's secretly in love with your boyfriend, and the professor who gave you a bad grade, me and my best friend most likely talk about you!

16. No one will ever mistreat them, because they would have to go through you first.

17. You're right beside them when something intense is about to go down.

Neither of you will ever go through drama alone anymore, you've always got a go-to girl.

18. They're always loyal to you and your friendship, and fortunately, they're stuck with you forever.

19. Some of your best memories are with each other.

20. They always feel like sunshine when they're around.

The people who feel like the color yellow are the type of people you always want to keep in your life.

21. You will never allow a boy to make each other cry.

22. You remind them daily how much their friendship means to you.

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