During my first year away at college, I managed to do everything wrong.
I’d visit home often, call my parents daily and pathetically checkmy home friends’ group chat.I alsofell in love with a son who was three hours away.
So, it was no surprise I transferred back home.
After a year at home, my hometown fever kicked in. I felt like I was stuck somewhere I’d always been, with no room to grow.
That was when I constructed the big decision to go back.
I was in it for the long haul this time, and there were no strings attached.
There would be no more frequent visits home , no more longing for a guy who wasn’t in the same region code and no more wishing I was anywhere else but present in the moment.
As I cut the cord and truly immersed myself in the college life I desired, I realized one very important thing: My college friends were, and would always be, the greatest thing to ever happen to me.
As I’m nearly halfway into my senior year, there’s no better time to reflect on my decision to come back to school.
When my freshman year friends welcomed me back with open arms, I learned college doesn’t last forever, but friendship does.
Here are the reasons your college friends will always accept you for who you are 😛 TAGEND
1. They see you for the person or persons you’re becoming , not the person or persons you’ve always been.
The hardest thing to do is change how people perceive you.
We do the majority of our maturing in high school, and at the end, we are looking and barely distinguish the person or persons we were on the first day of freshman year.
Although our home friends remain near and dear to us, they are guilty of insuring us as just older versionsof the person or persons they once met.
They might notice subtle changes, but in many ways, they can keep us from growing past the person or persons we are in our comfort zones.
Your college friends are with you from those first days as a scared freshman in a worn-out dorm room with no air conditioning, to those late nights in the library, juggling finals, creating a listing of potential grad schools and know where the time went.
They find where your passions lie, what triggers your ingenuity and what induces you “you.”
2. They knew your flaws and chose to love you anyway.
In that short span of period when everything is new and everybody has hurling themselves at one another and trying to find their places, you might learn more about one person in a week than you did during four years of high school.
No one is perfect, and your college friends are the first to realize that.
In high school, people could conceal their true selves and nasty habits because they only had to be around you seven hours of the day.
In college, your roommates know you leave dishes in the sink and always forget to turn off the AC.
They also know you get a little feisty when you’re hungry and passive-aggressive when you’re mad, but you only need about a day to get over whatever it was.
Any less-than-perfect traits they’ve uncovered about you are also traitsthey’ve decided tolook past.
They accept you as you are because they have their own raw, uncensored selves that you’ve accepted, too.
3. You can talk about anything( and I entail anything ).
I’ll never forget the first time I played “Never Have I Ever” in college. Of course, anal came up.
There’s nothing that breaks down the barriers of friendship like talking about anal during the second week of freshman year.
Have you ever heard it’s easier to talk to a stranger than a friend? That’s exactly what happened here.
In college, you don’t know anyone’s background.
This induces you less apprehensivein saying, “I tried anal”( or anything of a rather questionable nature) to your new pal Kristen, who might be just as curious about the situation.
Let’s be real: Kristen is going to be much less judgmentalthan your virgin best friend from home who, although just a doll, would never understand the context of your conversation.
4. They know how you take your coffee.
They also know how you take it from every spot on campus.
What better companions are there for your all-nighter in the library than your best friend and a wonderful beaker of coffee?
5. They’ve tried, failed or succeeded in every workout fadand diet with you.
From the no carbs and high protein to the no sugar and smoothies once a day, they’ve done it all by your side.
They went groceryshopping and sent you motivational scenes straight from the’ gram.
But, they also saw you sneak that cookie before bed, and they offered to get McDonald’s for breakfast with you when you’d just had enough.
They were even there the last week before springtime infringe, waiting half an hour at the tanning salon with you to “shed” those last few pounds because “people seem skinnier when they’re tan.”
That’s just science.
6. When you screamed, they brought you wine.
It doesn’t matter if it was thattime when you had to put down your dog or that day your sort-of-boyfriend “ve told you” it was over. They were there.
They saw and heard you in your room at 2 am, tears and all, wondering why sh* tty things always happen the night before a huge presentation.
Have no dread. They knew the best way to get past this was to get you anice box of Franzia pinot grigio( and maybe some weed ).
They also told that cute guy at the party you were “newly single” and needed to have a good time.
7. Your guy friends are actually your guy friends.
Did you know guys peak sexually at 17?
They want it when they’re in high school, and they attain you their prey in nearly every co-ed situation.
They want to make out as often as possible, all in the hopes that maybe some glorious day, they’ll get the smallest sexual act out of it.
In college, your guy friends find there are thousands of other women right there in the flesh, and they don’t need more than relationship from you.
You can sleep in their bed when you’re too wasted to make ithome, and they’ll even offer you breakfast in the morning.
You can call them for happy hour after your quiz and binge-watch Netflix together( without the “chill” ).
They’ll even ask you to be their pong partner, without hoping to get you drunker and friendlier.
8. Through all the chaos, they maintainyour sanity.
There’s nothing like fulfilling up with your college friends at a favorite campus spot for a quick lunch, drink, fro-yo, coffee, etc.
It gets even better when you have three quizs, one newspaper and a full book to read by Friday.
They prove you there’s a proper way to procrastinate, and that’s with them at your side.
9. You’ll never get another chanceto find yourself the way you do when you’re in college.
For that reason alone, they will be the ones “youre thinking about” when you land your first undertaking, get into grad school, ace the MCATs or kill the LSATs and want to share the news.
You’ll reflect back on the years you spent wondering who you’d become, and you’ll realize “someday” became today in the blink of an eye.
They were the ones holding your hand throughout the entire journey.
Like my childhood icons, the Spice Girls, said, “Make it last forever. Friendship never ends.”
They must have been talking about college.