Since first stepping through our elementary schools’ doors to begin our seemingly lifelong academic careers, we’ve been told that every step of the way has been building towards graduating and receiving our degree – our signed, sealed, and delivered ticket to the real world. For many of us, this has been the crux of our education and the rest has merely been a byproduct of the process, so much so that we may have overlooked some of the most valuable moments of our college years – the time spent living with our friends.
In saying so, as we gear up for graduation and look towards our futures with eager eyes let’s glance back at some of the things we will miss most about living with our college friends so that we can appreciate these memories all the more until we take our next steps.
The good times
From staying up all night dancing in our pajamas to old school Britney Spears bangers and catching up on the saucy goss’ to sprucing up in our favorite cocktail dresses for an all-nighter of partying across the town, we are bound to miss the good times we’ve spent being so close to our dearest friends. Soon we may find ourselves on the other sides of the country, only able to truly recreate our most incredible memories once in a blue moon.
The not so good times
Living with someone can be a challenge, living with your best friend even more so. It is not all sunshine and rainbows 24/7 and that’s okay. Though we share so much in common and connect in so many ways, there will be times our closest friends make us want to rip our hair out – whether it’s from leaving half-drunk coffee mugs lying around the room or coming home in the early hours of the morning when we are trying to prepare for finals. That said, you’ll come to love your friend’s idiosyncrasies as you spend more and more time together. After all, you’ll be the one who knows them the best.
Your support system
‘You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone’ rings truer than ever for living with our college friends. Though we can go from having the best times to having significantly more difficult ones, when we are in trouble our roommate will always be there. Whenever we need a shoulder to lean on or someone to talk some sense into us, the support system we develop with our college roommate is one that could last a lifetime.
Learning to adult together
College is a time to prepare for the real world – getting a job, paying the mortgage, and looking after one’s very own pet – and we owe it to living with our best friends that we will be adequately ready to take on the daunting challenges. After all, we’ve probably learned a level of discipline showing up for promotion work together, learned valuable budgeting techniques by keeping a savings jar dedicated to late-night McDonald’s, and have had to restore our dying plants together on numerous occasions. It’s safe to say that this has been the best life lesson.
Before we know it, we will be throwing our grad caps into the air in anticipation of the adventures to come. But one day we’ll look back and remember just how unbelievable the time we spent living with our college friend was.