Today I'm packing up my parents SUV and heading back to campus. To say I'm excited would be an understatement, but I'm also a little nervous. Last semester I was probably the luckiest freshman alive. I was blessed by the housing gods with my perfect match roommate. Well technically we found each other on Facebook, but you get what I mean.
Everyone tells you to be prepared for the worst roommate. Not to expect to be BFFs with her or to expect too much of anything. But no one tells you how to prepare for a roommate who becomes your best friend. We got along perfectly! Had all the same friends, loved (most of) the same Netflix shows, and both LOVED to eat! It was a match made in roommate heaven to say the least.
But last week I found out that my roommate will not be returning for our second semester. Most people would be more than grateful to hear that news, but not me. Yes I'm excited to maybe have a single dorm for a while, but now I'm faced with all those stupid questions: who am I going to do laundry with? Who will bring me my retainer when I fall asleep without putting it in? (yes she really did that) Who will order food with me at 2 in the morning when all I want is buffalo wings and waffle fries?
Having the perfect roommate has taught me two things: 1. friends like that don't come around too often, so even though we'll be in different states, I know she will always be one of my closest friends; and 2. getting your perfect root first semester freshman year is like marrying your kindergarten boyfriend. What I mean by that is when you have someone to lean on right away during new experiences then it's easy to become dependent. Dependency isn't a bad thing, but it can take away from learning to stand on your own two feet. This semester I'm going to have to make some changes, adapt to my situation and learn how to be a college student on my own. And learn to not rely on my roommate to bring me my retainer (lol.)
This semester is definitely going to be different, but different doesn't always mean bad.
Are you facing any challenges this semester?