10 Things That Happen When You Actually Love Your Roommates

10 Things That Happen When You Actually Love Your Roommates

Your wardrobe quadruples and you never run out of K-Cups.

Before college, everyone will tell you that you'll hate your roommates by the end of your freshman year. Maybe that's true and maybe it isn't, but one thing is for sure: eventually, you'll have roommates who become your best friends - even if they're not the ones you start out with. Here's what happens when you finally do.

1. You text them first about EVERYTHING

Whether it's a new job, a funny story or your crazy family just got a little crazier, they will ALWAYS be the first to know.

2. Since you're all so cool, your room becomes the go-to hangout spot for all of your friends

It can get a little hectic at times, but it's all worth it when you realize that you've made a home away from home for more than just the residents of your dorm. Plus, you get to host the Christmas party!

3. When the room gets a little wild, none of you have an issue telling people to go home

One of you has homework, one of you is tired, one of you wants to call mom, and one of you just needs some alone time. And no one gets upset when you tell them to leave!

4. When a natural disaster is headed your way, you evacuate campus together

There's only one car in the dorm, so you take that one, but where do you go? Could you go to your roommate's grandparents' house in Georgia? Or your great aunt's house in the upstate? Or your crash with your boyfriend's friends in Tennessee? The possibilities are endless!

5. Your wardrobe quadruples and you never run out of K-Cups or tea bags

"Hey, that shirt looks really nice on you! I think I have one similar." "Oh, I forgot to tell you. This is yours." "Yikes, it looks better on you."

6. The day after you go home for Thanksgiving, you wake up to a text in the roomie group chat that says "Good morning! I love and miss you :("

You miss them so much too, it almost makes you wish you could be back at college. (Almost!)

7. At least one decides she wants to join your sorority

Your sorority is one of the best things that's ever happened to you, and your roommates can definitely see that. It's no surprise when you convince them to rush in the spring so that they can be not only your best friends but your sisters too!

8. They have an open invitation to all of your family functions

Your parents begin to expect at least one of them to come with you to everything, and you get heavily questioned if you show up alone.

9. You get invited home with them for Christmas

"Hey, want to crash at my house for a few nights? I want to show you around my town."

10. At the end of the day, no matter how annoyed you are with college life, going home to them is awesome

They respect you, they care about you, and they make your little dorm feel like a home away from home. They're your support system, and you don't know what you'd do without them.

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I Drifted But Now I'm Reaching Out

I'm not going to isolate myself anymore.

I’ve noticed that since I started college, I dropped a lot of habits. Some were habits that I really needed to get rid of, such as picking at my nails and snacking way too much. Other habits, though, I really shouldn’t have dropped. Maybe I just got too busy or lazy, or maybe it was just something for the high school me. Yeah, I’ve changed a lot in college but I’m going to try and get back into the good habits I had.

College gave me a lot of time. Suddenly I had all this free time and I realized that it was entirely up to me what I wanted to do with it. The freedom is really great, I won’t deny that, but what I noticed was that I found myself alone a lot.

Maybe it was my intention that some days I just wanted some alone time, but more often than not I found myself realizing that I hadn’t seen or talked to friends in a while. I realized I wasn’t hanging out with people anymore. I was alone.

Now, I know the importance of myself reaching out. Before I always worried that there was a reason I wasn’t seeing or talking to people as often, I mean, there was school so maybe everyone was just busy.

But I feared that I was missing out on so much was because I was unwanted in those moments. After gaining confidence, I've decided won’t isolate myself anymore. I’m an outgoing person, but I won’t be selectively outgoing anymore.

In high school, I could barely go two classrooms down without seeing someone and stopping to talk to them, and I want college to be the same way. It’s really impossible to know everyone at your college but reaching out isn’t that hard for me to do, I’ve just been lazy. I haven’t put in as much effort as I should be putting in and I know that if I want to keep some of the amazing friendships that I currently have, I need to not be distant.

It’s easy to drift away when emotions and events start piling up. Sometimes, the only thing I want to do is just lay in bed and not think about my to-do lists and schedules and problems that I have.

Once I start doing that though, I get sucked in and it becomes so hard to get the energy to get up and move. I don’t want that to be the case anymore. I don’t want to hide away with the “what ifs” and speculation as to why I didn’t go or get invited. From now on, I’m just going to go, and then see what happens.

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To My Best Friends, Thank You

I wouldn't be here if it weren't for you.

I have gone through many friends in the past few years, some that lasted a while some that only lasted a few months, but you know exactly when you found your perfect person, soulmate, best friend, the one that will never get away. It’s the friends that stick with you through the toughest times and stay.

The ones you call at 3:00 a.m. because you got into a fight with your boyfriend and can’t sleep and they stay on the phone until your ready to sleep. The ones that you can count on to pick you up because you need a ride no matter where you are.

Dear Best Friends,

I just wanted to thank you for being you and for letting me be me. Thank you for letting me feel so much like myself when I’m with you. Thank you for sharing in my happiest moments, and for listening to my saddest stories and giving compassion and empathy from wherever you are. Thank you for being the only person I ever want to confide in. Thank you for being the most beautiful person, inside and out.

Thank you for making the world a better place, just by being in it. Thank you for defining selfless, always putting others before yourself, you are going to change the world just as much as you have changed mine. Thank you for all the memories we made at Disney this year on our senior trip. Thank you for practically being my second Mom.

Thank you for setting the bar so high and making it impossible to find another friend as good as you. Thank you for making these past years we have been friends feel like forever and for giving me enough memories to last a lifetime, but not ending there.

Thank you for making me hurt when I miss you, but for taking the hurt away when I see you. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for the absolute privilege of being able to call you my best friend, thank you for being my person. Thank you for giving me these reasons, and a million more, to be thankful for.

I sometimes find myself looking back on my life and realizing how huge of a part you have played in keeping me steady when the rest of my world has been falling apart. How you have known what to say and do in the moments when I have felt all control slipping through my fingers.

Even if it’s just dropping everything and taking me for coffee, shopping and listening to me try to untangle the mess I call my life. Thank you for those days when the rest of the world is against me, for making me feel less alone. For believing every silly dream which enters my head and being excited for me about things which no one else understands. Thank you for always validating my emotions, for taking my side, for telling me when I’m wrong, for being honest.

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