Why I Chose To Live With My Best Friends

Why I Chose To Live With My Best Friends

QUADruple the fun.

Sophomore year of college I slept in a forced triple, so naturally, when the time came to pick rooms for junior year, there was no way I wasn’t taking advantage of the ability to sleep in a cozy double. Little did I know, I was going to be adding a roommate instead of taking one away. About a week before house picks, my three best friends and I decided that we were going to live our junior year in the quad that resides on the first floor of our sorority house; and I couldn’t be happier.

Some people will tell you not to room with your closest friends. It’s one thing to spend hours of every day with one another, and quite a different experience to live with them. And although it has only been a few days, I disagree. Pitfalls are natural in any relationship, there is no root cause such as living with them or spending too much time together. Things happen, and regardless of how you let the days pass, said things are largely unavoidable, as are most obstacles in life.

But pushing past the potential negatives, who better to come home to after a long and stressful day than your closest friends? They know you like the back of their hand, and can immediately judge a situation based upon the signals you give them. From there, they know how to make you smile, laugh and let go of the burdens of the day. They always have your back and after that long night out will reminisce with you about your shenanigans and help you piece back together the jigsaw puzzle that was that evening's activities.

In short, living with my best friends was and is going to be the best rooming decision I have made thus far. I cannot wait to start new adventures with them and to have them by my side at all times. I'm looking forward to the laughs and the idiocy and the memories we will cherish for a lifetime. So cheers to being a washed up juniors and living in a quad. I love you three to the moon and back.

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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.

The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.


the loving granddaughters

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Being The Last Friend To Turn 21 Isn't ALL Bad

All your friends have turned 21, but that is okay


You may think being the last one out of your friend group to turn twenty-one is the worst thing in the world, but in all honesty, it doesn't have to be. One of the biggest perks is that everyone of your friends can go out to the bars with you on your birthday. All the people who turn twenty-one first have to wait for people to be able to go out with them, but you get to celebrate your birthday with all of your friends.

Another huge reason you should feel okay with being last to turn twenty-one is thinking about all the money you are saving. The bars are expensive. When you don't go to the bars you are saving so much money because an average bar drink is about seven dollars. This being said seven dollars multiple times a night, multiple nights a week really adds up, so you are going to have to budget your money better.

You don't have to be the one to buy alcohol for everyone else. Having a ton of people ask you to buy them alcohol must get annoying at a point, and if you're the youngest out of your friends, no one will be asking you to do liquor store runs for them because they can all go already for themselves.

The biggest reason is that you can enjoy being young. You should still continue to enjoy going to house parties and just being able to hang out with friends without having to go to the bars. Spend these months before you turn twenty-one just being able to enjoy life without feeling obligated to go out to the bars all the time. You have a great excuse when you don't want to drink on a weekday to just stay in. This being said it will be your turn to turn twenty-one soon.


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