14 Reasons College Students Need A Dog

14 Reasons Every College Student Needs A Dog

"Before you get a dog, you can't quite imagine what living with one might be like; afterward, you can't imagine living any other way." – Caroline Knapp

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I didn't know that having a dog on campus with me would make my life ten times better until my parents went away and I was stuck with the family dog. Initially, I thought she would be a huge chore. But now that time is nearing to bring her back home to my parents, I don't want to give her up. It hasn't been that long, but I've already made up my mind that as a college student, I need a dog.

1. When you come home, they greet you at the door.

Elizabeth Perry

It doesn't matter how long you're gone, It's such a good feeling knowing that you were missed. Your dog will always be excited to see you when you come home.

2. They keep you company when you're studying.

Andrea Sierra

Knowing you have hours upon hours of studying to do is dreadful, but having your dog with you makes it way more bearable and makes the time pass by faster.

3. They force you to leave the house.

Tarrie Lincoln

All dogs need to be let out, so for a couple of times a day having a dog will force you to go outside and get some fresh air. It'll brighten up yours and your dog's day.

4. They aren't as much work as you'd think.

Celeste Van Winkle

No matter what size the dog is, they sleep a lot. Besides having to take them on walks, filling up their water bowls, and letting them out, they're pretty easy to handle.

5. They keep you safe.

Mariah Hendricks

Having a dog is like having an alarm system. They can hear unfamiliar sounds way better than humans, and no unwanted guest wants to deal with the barking dog behind the door.

6. They're always down to cuddle.

Kylie Quinn

Everyone loves a good nap, and a dog is more than willing to join you.

7. You never have to go anywhere alone.

Mariah Hendricks

Anytime I need to go to the store or to a friends house, my dog is happy to join me. (As long as she gets to stick her head out the window).

8. They help you make friends.

Mariah Hendricks

Whether it's another animal or a person, nobody can resist saying hi or petting a cute dog.

9. They teach you responsibility.

Ashlee Engstrom

Most dogs will have a schedule of when to eat and when to be let out. This has helped me organize the rest of my day, and ever since having my dog around, I've gotten every task I needed to do, done.

10. They'll always be there for you when school gets overwhelming. 

Jessica Pierce

After a long day of tests, classes, club meetings, greek life events, and homework, hugs, and kisses from a dog can take all that stress away.

11. They make you laugh.

Selena Lasorda

They often don't mean to, but dogs can do the funniest things. Everyone loves a good laugh, and with a dog, you're guaranteed to get that all the time.

12. You'll get exercise everyday.

Ally Hansen

Dogs do need to be walked every day. By taking them out to run around you're having fun and getting exercise in.

13.They make every picture cuter.

Mia Scicluna

Dogs are always up for a picture, they make it cuter, and help you make memories to look back on.

14. You can dress them up for events.

Elizabeth Perry

Most dogs will let you dress them up, and what's cuter than a puppy in a hat and a sweater?

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A Letter To My Freshman Dorm Room As I Pack Up My Things

Somehow a 15' x 12' room became a home.

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Dear Geary 411,

With your creaky beds, concrete walls, and mismatched tile floors, you are easily overlooked as just another room we were randomly assigned to— but you were different. Inside your old walls, I have made some of the best memories of my life that I will hold on to forever.

Thank you for welcoming my neighbors in with open arms who quickly became friends who didn't knock and walked in like you were their own.

I feel like an apology is needed.

We're sorry for blaring the music so loud while getting ready and acting like we can actually sing when, in reality, we know we can't. Sorry for the dance parties that got a bit out of control and ended with us standing on the desks. Sorry for the cases of the late-night giggles that came out of nowhere and just would not go away. Sorry for the homesick cries and the "I failed my test" cries and the "I'm dropping out" cries. We're sorry for hating you at first. All we saw was a tiny and insanely hot room, we had no idea what you would bring to us.

Thank you for providing me with memories of my first college friends and college experiences.

As I stand at the door looking at the bare room that I first walked into nine months ago I see so much more than just a room. I see lots and lots of dinners being eaten at the desks filled with stories of our days. I see three girls sitting on the floor laughing at God knows what. I see late night ice cream runs and dance battles. I see long nights of homework and much-needed naps. Most importantly, I look at the bed and see a girl who sat and watched her parents leave in August and was absolutely terrified, and as I lock you up for the last time today, I am so proud of who that terrified girl is now and how much she has grown.

Thank you for being a space where I could grow, where I was tested physically, mentally and emotionally and for being my home for a year.

Sincerely,

A girl who is sad to go

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What I Wish I Knew About Life After High School Before I Had To Live It

Life after high school isn't always what you expected it to be.

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So you're about to graduate high school and you think you have it all figured out. You and your best friends are going to stay close throughout college and you're going to take those long road trips in college to see each other. Think again.

Life after high school isn't always what you want it to be. You think you'll miss high school, you'll always be close with your high school besties, and you'll have all this free time in college. That's just not entirely true. I personally do not miss high school. I don't really talk to anyone I went to high school with on a regular basis, and I'm totally OK with that. I have friends in college that I believe will be my lifelong friends whereas my friends in high school didn't make an effort to keep in contact with me after high school.

I haven't had all the free time I've dreamed of in college, because I'm busy with school and meetings. When I'm not doing homework, I'm making sure the rest of my life is in order and all my stuff for school is in line. I'm not the crazy party girl that people think I am because of where I go to school. I'd rather sit in bed and watch Netflix than go out with my friends. I'm not a 4.0 student, but I work so hard in my classes just to make sure that I'm passing. I study a week before tests and still don't always make A's. And that's OK. It's not what I expected during my college years, but it's what's happening, and most of my friends are the same way.

Anne Marie Bonadio

Just know that life in college isn't all easy, breezy, and beautiful like Covergirl. It's hard and you will struggle whether it be in school or with your friends. College isn't always complete freedom. You'll be tied down with school and life and you won't have the free time that you always imagined. You won't always be best friends with your high school friends. You won't be taking those road trips because you won't be able to afford them, and if you're like me, your parents won't let you.

College won't be exactly what you dreamed it'll be, but it'll be some of the best years of your life.

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