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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How To Make Friends In College

The 8 easiest steps to guide your own experience

Like many prospective college students, the single most intimidating fear I had before beginning my freshman year was not being able to make any friends. While making new friends may seem like a taxing chore, especially to someone like me who is shy and a little apprehensive, it is not impossible (and actually from from it). Within the first few hours on campus after arriving for move-in day, I quickly realized my fears were irrational and that making friends was going to be one of the easiest aspects of college. While making friends is an easy process that tends to come naturally to people, here are some ways that you can better immerse yourself into the social realm in college:

1. Do not be afraid to smile.

A small gesture like a simple smile goes a very long way. Whether you are walking down the hall in your dorm, across campus to class, or waiting in line at the dining hall, smile. Other people feed off of your body language and overall vibes, and by smiling people will feel more welcomed by your presence. People who feel more comfortable around you are more likely to approach you and start conversation.

2. Be friendly with your neighbors.

Your neighbors are likely to be some of the first people you meet when you arrive to your dorm. Living in a coed dorm, I have two guy neighbors and two girl neighbors, both of which have become close friends with my roommate and I over the past few months. While you do not have to be best friends with all of your neighbors, it is good to have people you can rely on to be there for you throughout the year.

3. Join clubs around campus.

Joining clubs or activities around campus is guaranteed to help you find your place and friend group on campus. Many colleges have hundreds of clubs that meet every need and like of each student. If you join a club that you have a passion for, you are bound to find other members of that club who share the same interests and goals as yourself. These are great friends to have because you can attend club meetings and events with a buddy!

4. Join intramural/club teams.

The most common misconception about joining a sports team in college is that you actually have to be adequate in the sport. Intramural and club sports teams are more focused on having fun and making memories than the competition. So pick a sport that you love, start or join a team, and go have fun with a bunch of people who have the same level of experience as you.

5. Talk in class.

While talking during class is normally discouraged, professors often encourage it so that their students have the chance to get to know one another. If you exchange numbers with the people next to you in the class on the first day, that's a couple more people than you knew when you walked in. Having a buddy in class is also helpful because you can work on homework together, study together, and text them with any class related questions you may have.

6. Participate in campus-wide events.

Whether you attend a thon to raise money or a sporting game, going to campus-wide event is bound to help you meet people. These events give you the opportunity to meet people outside of your year, dorm hall, and classes. The people who sit and cheer with you in the student's section and the people who help keep you standing at an all-day dance fundraiser just might shockingly be friends you will keep for life.

7. Do not give up.

It may at times feel discouraging if you have a lot of friends, but none that you are particularly close with. However, with time you will find your niche. There are so many people who are just like you and who compliment your personality on campus. It may take some time to find them, but once you do you will have them for life.

8. Be yourself.

Remember to always be true to yourself, and to never attempt to be someone who you aren't. You will not make friends this way and will not be happy if you do. You want to surround yourself with people who respect your true self and love that is for what it is. Embrace who you are, and find friends who cherish your quirks just as much as you do. This will not only provide great happiness but friendships that will last a lifetime.

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This Is What Happens When A 3-Person Friend Group Stops Being Friends

What was once three best friends is now two guys and a stranger.

Once in a blue moon, you meet these people and just click. It is insanely easy to get along with them and the world just seems right.

In 7th grade, there was this girl who met two guys and just that happened. They all became the best of friends; they just clicked. All the way through middle school and most of high school they were inseparable.

Sadly, things didn't stay that way.

When they first became friends, it was definitely a random combination. While they were all interested in different things, they had one thing in common: each other. After middle school, they basically spent the summer staying in touch, preparing for high school, and spending time together.

In high school, things were going great! Everyone knew them as the three kids who were always together and if someone was missing, they had the answers to where he/she was. Freshman year flew by and the three friends stayed closer than ever.

During sophomore year, one of the guys got a girlfriend, and thankfully nothing changed. They all welcomed her in and treated her as their own. Life was great for those three, now four.

But soon, things would change.

The second guy got a girlfriend and she was not as accepting of the close friendship of the three as the first guy's girlfriend. She was sometimes controlling and demeaning, and when things weren't going her way, it was no way. This caused issues within the friendship, eventually breaking it apart. Soon, it went from three (and a girlfriend) to two, and life was completely different.

Fast forward to the middle of junior year and things were getting worse between guy #2 and his girlfriend. As good friends the other two wanted to tell him to just get out of the relationship before it progressed, but he was stubborn, and he wouldn't have listened to them anyway. Over time they broke up, but the friendship took a while to get back to where things used to be.

Starting senior year, the three were back stronger than ever. It looked as though nothing had ever happened between them, and no one would ever know the difference. In the fall of that school year, guy #2 got another girlfriend.

At first, things were great, he was the same guy he'd been before the relationship. Progressively he got more distant from his female friend because of his new girlfriend, and guy #1 did nothing to stop it. The two boys still stayed close but pushed the girl farther and farther away.

Over Christmas break, the boys stopped talking to the girl altogether. For two weeks they had absolutely nothing to do with her. While they hung out together and with their girlfriends (since now they both had girlfriends), they no longer spoke to the girl they've had in their lives for the last 6 years.

Now, the girl doesn't talk to the guys as often (basically never) and when she does it's only when she has to. Things aren't the same with these three "best friends" and likely never will be again.

But here's where the plot thickens... that girl was me. This is the (partial) story of how I lost my (ex) best friends to their girlfriends.

Although only one of the two guys still has a relationship with his girlfriend, the friendship has never recovered. Soon, we won't have to see one another again. Between graduating and starting college, I will finally get my fresh start. Sure, sometimes I miss them and miss having people to talk to about any little thing, or being their female voice of reason, but I won't miss being the second choice.

They chose their girlfriends over their best friend and unfortunately it's a bit too frustrating to worry about any longer. It's time to say goodbye to a friendship that once was.

I wish them both the best in life and love, but it's time for me to finally focus on myself.

My own happy and healthy relationships.

A new beginning.

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