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.
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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!

Cover Image Credit: Kelsi Mills

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The Thank You My Dad Deserves

While our moms are always the heroes, our dads deserve some credit, too.
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Dear Dad,

You’ve gone a really long time without being thanked. I'm not talking about thanks for things like opening the Gatorade bottle I couldn't or checking my tires when my car’s maintenance light is flashing, but rather the thanks I owe you for shaping me into the person I am today.

Thank you for teaching me what I deserve and for not letting me settle for anything less.

While the whole world was telling me I wasn’t good enough, you were there to tell me I was. Whether this was with boys, a friend, or anything else, you always built my confidence to a place I couldn’t build it to on my own. You showed me what my great qualities were and helped me feel unique. But most of all, you never let me settle for anything less than what I deserved, even when I wanted to. Without you, I wouldn’t be nearly as ambitious, outgoing or strong.

Thank you for giving me someone to make proud.

It’s hard to work hard when it’s just for myself, but so easy when it’s for you. All through school, nothing made me happier than getting a good grade back because I knew I got to come home and tell you. With everything I do, you give me a purpose.

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Thank you for showing me what selflessness looks like.

You are the prime example of what putting your family first looks like. If me wanting something means that you can’t get what you want, you’ll always sacrifice. From wearing the same t-shirts you’ve had since I was in elementary school so I could buy the new clothes I wanted, to not going out with your friends so you could come to my shows, you never made a decision without your family at the forefront of your mind. If there is one quality you have that I look up to you for the most, it’s your ability to completely put your needs aside and focus entirely on the wants of others.

Thank you for being the voice in the back of my head that shows me wrong from right.

Even though many of your dad-isms like “always wear a seatbelt” easily get old, whenever I’m in a situation and can’t decide if what I’m doing is right or wrong, I always can hear you in the back of my head pointing me in the right direction. While I may not boost your ego often enough by telling you you’re always right, you are.

Thank you for being real with me when nobody else will.

Being your child hasn’t always been full of happiness and encouragement, but that’s what makes you such an integral part of my life. Rather than sugarcoating things and always telling me I was the perfect child, you called me out when I was wrong. But what separates you from other dads is that instead of just knocking me down, you helped me improve. You helped me figure out my faults and stood by me every step of the way as I worked to fix them.

Most of all, thank you for showing me what a great man looks like.

I know that marriage may seem very far down the road, but I just want you to know that whoever the guy I marry is, I know he’ll be right because I have an amazing guy to compare him to. I know you’re not perfect (nobody is), but you’ve raised me in a such a way that I couldn’t imagine my kids being raised any differently. Finding a guy with your heart, drive, and generosity will be tough, but I know it will be worth it.


Dad, you’re more than just my parent, but my best friend. You’re there for me like nobody else is and I couldn’t imagine being where I am now without you.

Love you forever,

Your little girl

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Sometimes It's Better Not To Stress So Hard About An Exam And Spend More Time Doing Something You Love

Like spending time with friends or doing something you're passionate about... or taking a random trip to New Jersey.

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We all know academics are important and education is one of the most valued commodities in our world. But, sometimes it is okay to distract yourself from the grind of studying. It's okay to take a mental health break and do something on the total opposite side of the spectrum from education.

What most college-age kids don't think about anymore is how the stress of college impacts their mental health. They think pulling all-nighters and staying awake solely by caffeine isn't an issue.

"It's a part of the college experience."

"Everyone has to do it at some point."

WRONG.

Knowing when enough is enough, and when to stop is an important part of growing up. Your body can only handle so much at a time. It's been proven over and over again that cramming isn't an effective way of studying, yet kids still do it. It's time to learn from our mistakes and focus a little bit more on our own health.

Take a mental health break, PLEASE.

Get a few hours of sleep. Watch a movie to let your mind relax. Sit in the sunshine and soak up the sun. Find some friends to make dinner with. Do something other than study for an hour or two. It's not going to kill you.

GPAs are important, I agree with that. But there are a few things more important than your grades, and one of those is your health.

So as this finals season comes to a close, think about ways to improve your studying next semester. Avoid all-nighters and living off of Starbucks (regardless of how great it is), and start putting yourself as your number one priority. When you do that right, your grades will follow suit.

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