Leaving behind your old life and coming to college to start a new one is definitely something that's hard. Being away from mom’s home cooking and not having someone to do your laundry is not easy at first, but it gets easier once you realize that you’re not doing it alone.
My freshman year, I came to college with many different fears, hopes and dreams. Once my parents moved me into my dorm room at the start of my freshman volleyball season, I could barely unpack my things because I was crying so much (what a loser, I know). I missed my family and I was scared to leave my high school and start a new life. Once I got into the swing of things, everything seemed to fall into place. Once I met my roommate Amber a week later, things truly did get so much easier.
Sure, living with someone else might not always be the easiest thing in the world, but having someone else with you along your college journey makes the experience that much better. Having a roommate means having a best friend that you live with. It really is as awesome as it sounds.
Having a roommate means having someone to order take out with, someone who will always tell you which shirt matches better with those pants and someone who you can talk to. But there’s more than just that. More importantly, you’ll have a constant support system. You’ll have someone to pick you up when you’re down, to believe in your dreams and to make you laugh when crying just seems like the only option. You’ll have a friend for life.
There are different ways to find your potential roommate. You could meet each other at an Accepted Students Day, an open house or simply through Facebook. You could even be paired randomly through the roommate survey, which is always an option to fall back on. No matter how you find your college roommate, you'll end up with more than just someone to share a room with, and if things don't work out, don't sweat it. You can always talk to your Resident Assistant and get the situation figured out.
College is most definitely not an easy journey, but with my roommate by my side, it has been all the more enjoyable. I owe her for more than she will ever know. She has pushed me to be the best student, athlete, friend, employee and classmate that I can be, and when I look back on my experience at Cabrini College, I won't just think about the amazing educational opportunities or the all nighters that seemed to never end. I'll look back and remember that this college gave me my best friend, and for that, I will be forever thankful.