12 Things to Thank Your Best Friend from Home For

We have a lot to thank the person who has stuck with us since our awkward preteen/high school years. They saw us through our worst acne and our worst taste in fashion, but they’re still around. This one’s for them.

12. Thank you for helping me pick the best filter for my selfies.

You never judge when I send you three versions of the same picture and ask which one is prettier. And you’re usually right.

11. Thank you for wanting the best for me.

I know I go to school too far away for your liking, but thank you for understanding that it’s the place that makes me happy. Thank you for scrutinizing my taste in men because you don’t want to see my heart broken. Thank you for demanding that I treat myself better than I do.

10. Thank you for the laughter.

The moments when I’m doubled over, tears rolling down my face, and unable to breathe because I’m laughing so hard are my favorites, and I sure do have a lot of them with you. We bring out the weirdest parts of each other’s sense of humor, and I couldn’t ask for more.

9. Thank you for the silent moments.

I truly believe nothing marks a strong friendship quite like the ability to share a comfortable silence. Though we rarely run out of things to say, I love that we enjoy each other’s presence without having to say a word.

8. Thank you for sharing your family with me. 

Nothing beats how your parents and your dog are always more excited to see me than you are. Throughout the years, I’ve come to love your family like they’re my own. Thanks for letting me crash family gatherings, or for sending your sister to come get me when my car battery died back in high school.

7. Thank you for posting those Timehop pictures.

Yeah we were awkward and ugly, but we were having fun. My favorite days (most days) are the ones where I get to see exactly where we were 5 or 6 years ago, and smile at how much has changed since then. I’m amazed at who we were, and even more amazed at who we’ve become.

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Girls Guide: How to Survive Missing Home

We have all heard of home sickness once or twice in our life time and have experienced it before even if we didn’t know it. Whether it was while we were away at over night camp, staying the week with your grandparents, or when our parents dropped us off at college. The difficult thing is that it never actually goes away, in fact home sickness tends to come in waves and at the most random times. I’ve found that it interrupts my life during the most stressful times. It could be around the time of a major exam or when I’ve been in silent mode with a friend. Throughout the years at college I have found little ways to make college feel a little more like home especially while living in my own apartment. Following these steps will bring you one step closer to your happy place.

7.Smells

Take a second to close your eyes and think back to when you were in high school and you would walk through the front door after getting off the bus. What do you smell? The cookies that mom has just taken out of the oven that are cooling on the counter. Or you catch a whiff of the freshly cut roses that were just picked from the garden. Whatever smell comes to your mind it’s there and it is a memory. So let’s bring those memories back. I’m not saying that you have to bake racks of cookies cause that will get expensive fast and will go straight to your butt. All you have to do is take a trip to your nearest WalMart and head to their candle isle, pick up a $3 candle ranging from the smells of sugar cookies to freshly bloomed roses.

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6.Artwork

I believe that artwork can embody a lot of memories. From an animal calendar representing all of the animal babies that you had to leave behind at home. One special piece of artwork that I have incorporated into the flow at my apartment are crosses. My family loves crosses for their artistic appeal as well as their religious contribution; so we choose to hang them up right next to the front door. We do this as a symbol of when we are walking out the front door we are walking past the cross which symbolizes Christ coming with us on our journeys outside of the house. So I have a little cross hanging by my front door and it gives me my memories of my family and the comforts that it comes with.

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5.Pictures

Pictures are known to hold the best of best memories so why not stock up. Having pictures of all the things that you love surround you in your own personal space can help you when you have a home sick episode. Whenever you are feeling down all you have to do is look at one of the pictures that you cherish most and you’re taken away for a sweet moment just to remember that time.

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10 Reasons I Chose Delta Gamma

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Choosing a sorority is really hard, They all try so hard to get you because they feel like they are the right fit for you, but that isn’t always the case. Some just don’t feel right. Other times you just know. Here are the most important reasons of why I chose Delta Gamma:

10. Being a Legacy: Making my mom proud is one of the most important things to me.

 

9. The diversity of my chapter is so amazing to me. I have met so many amazing girls through DG.

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8. Our Anchorman is bae. He comes to every event he possibly can. From volleyball intermurals to DG formal, to sitting just to talk, he’s there to take pictures, call cheers and give the best advice he possibly can.

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7.  Despite being a legacy, I chose Delta Gamma on my own. My mother told me it was okay to pick a different chapter than hers, but I couldn’t. I loved it too much.

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6. I had the “ah-ha” moment: the one that most women have when finding their wedding dress, the man of their dreams, and apparently, finding the right Greek chapter for them.

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10 Struggles of Having a Close Friend Group Back Home

There’s something very special about having a group of friends you grew up with. It’s a bond that’s really hard to break, but as everyone gets older and starts to move their separate ways, it becomes harder and harder to see this unique second family as often as you’d like.

10. Holidays become a balancing act.


You have obligations to see your family, which often includes traveling to see extended family. But now that you don’t get to see your friends every day, you need to fit them in, too. You have to ask your parents for holiday plans way in advance, so your friend group can find common time to reunite.

9. Your FaceTime history is extensive.


Most people have their mom and their boyfriend as their regular FaceTime calls. People with long distance friend groups have so many more in their “recents.”

8. FOMO is so real.


Nothing sucks more than seeing snapchats of other people in your friend group hanging out when you’re 7 hours away. There’s always the irrational fear that they’re having more fun without you, or that you’re replaceable.

7. Timehop makes you happy/sad.


It’s so fun to laugh at the stupid stuff you guys used to do together, but it’s a bittersweet reminder that your average Tuesday no longer involves making memories with the people you miss so much.

6. Your new friends don’t know them.


One of your BFFs back home just texted you about the most hilarious inside joke, and your new friends want to know what’s so funny. You can either say “oh, nothing,” and remind yourself how much life has changed, or you can tell the 20 minute backstory to a sentence-long text which no one will find as funny as you do. It’s a loose-loose.

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10 Times Your Sorority House Felt Like Home

They say home is where the heart is. Well, your heart lies where your sisters are, and you’ll always be able to find them at your all-important sorority house. This house is your sanctuary, your happy place, and your home away from home.

10. It was there when you needed a place to study or hold emergency tutor sessions.

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9. It’s where you can sit and talk with your sisters, discussing any and everything, for hours at a time.

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8. There’s always a place to paint, make posters, craft, and express your artistic side to it’s fullest.

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7. It was there for you on Bid Day when you made one of the best decisions of your life.

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6. It was there when you needed a place to vent and cry over life’s responsibilities. Someone’s always there to listen.

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17 Phrases That Mean Something Different in High School And College

Back in high school, every teacher made you pay attention by saying “this is important, you’re going to need this in college.” Realistically, how many of those things were actually of use to you? Yeah that’s okay. I’ll wait…. Once you being the transition to college life, everything you once knew seems to change into something different.

 

17) We have a test tomorrow 

High School: Study the night before for a few hours, read the textbook, look over your notes

College: Better start spending hours daily studying and pull an all-nighter the night before to make sure you cram the hell out of it. Read the entire book front to back, make flashcards, ask people who have taken the class for advice, oh and cry a little inside

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16) Class Starts at 8am

High School: Wake up at 7am, shower, pick out an outfit, eat a full breakfast, watch tv, do your hair/makeup, shamelessly jam out to the Top 20 on the radio

College: Sleep in til 7:45, your alarm hits you like a brick wall, you sprint to class in what you slept in, and if you’re lucky find a half eaten granola bar in your bag to make it through class

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15) Lunch Time

High School: An hour or so to eat a full lunch, finish homework that you forgot to do, or figure out who hooked up with who last weekend

College: Going to the dining hall when you finally have a break in your schedule (usually varying any time between 10am to 4pm), picking something to eat that you can’t exactly tell what it is, eating your feelings and stress away with ice cream

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14) Studying

High school: Doing your nightly homework that’s due the next day or copying it from a friend before class starts that morning

College: Stu-DYING

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