71 Thoughts I had during The Bachelor Finale: Part 2

Alright everyone, I’m back.

After quite the ~dramatic~ episode last night, it’s safe to say that the entire country and beyond is mad at Arie Luyendyk Jr.

Poor Becca got her heart broken on national television and everyone’s mad, including me. So of course tonight, they’re going to show Arie crawling back to Lauren and then sit them all on the same couch together to talk. Let’s see how this goes.

  1. Ah yes a recap, so glad we get to see this painful event again
  2. Gahhhhh poor Becca the whole country’s heart aches for you girly
  3. Does Arie have any feelings??? ~confused~
  4. Becca gets her heart broken and they send her home on a plane in COACH???? Homegirl deserves first class after that
  5. Arie’s having a panic attack because he left one girl broken hearted to chase after another and is afraid she won’t take him back….
  6. Producer: “Do you love him”….. yikes
  7. LAUREN DIDN’T EVEN HAVE QUESTIONS SHE JUST JUMPED INTO HIS ARMS??
  8. Ohhh he already told her they broke up
  9. He was only with Becca for a month and a half?!?!?!?!?!!
  10. Is Arie wearing makeup?
  11. Please say no Lauren please say no
  12. He’s already 1000% over Becca wow
  13. AND SHE FORGIVES HIM

  14. I’m over this show
  15. Homegirl is wasting NO time asking for that ring
  16. Bekah is all of America right now
  17. PREACH TIA                                  
  18. This girls are making me feel even worse for Becca and I didn’t even know that was possible
  19. Are they hinting at Becca being the next Bachelorette?
  20. **Chris cuts them off** rude
  21. Let’s just recap this episode ONE more time
  22. Becca is just too nice for her own good ugh
  23. Girl is donating her wine money, truly an inspiration
  24. “Do you want to see him” no
  25. Wow I would not be okay
  26. Did Arie just blame Becca for working?
  27. Huh?
  28. I’m getting lost in this conversation, anyone else?
  29. Hahahahaha she said she’s ready to move on right in front of him
  30. She’s such a good person
  31. YIKES
  32. He’s blaming the Bachelor for proposing… ok
  33. I’ve eaten like 14 oreos
  34. If he says he put as much effort as he could he is l y i n g
  35. SHE FORGIVES HIM WOW                                   

  36. Molly and Jason are adorable
  37. Does anyone remember these magazine articles about Jason and Molly???
  38. “He is a nice person” lies
  39. This is the only thing that has 100% success rate on The Bachelor tbh
  40. Ahhh yes Arie’s back
  41. Bekah’s face when Lauren walked out is me
  42. They’re never going to be a “normal” couple
  43. HE SLID INTO HER DMS hahahahahahahaha
  44. Lauren’s talked more tonight than she did the entire season
  45. “What do you want to say to the haters” my favorite quote this season
  46. I still don’t get how Arie has gray hair
  47. “It was worth breaking everyone’s heart to end up where I am today” ok
  48. WOW he’s going to propose
  49. I WONDER WHO THE NEW BACHELORETTE IS
  50. JK we all saw that coming lolol
  51. What was that curtsy thing??
  52. Love her she deserves this
  53. We’re gonna start this right now too??
  54. They did this on Rachel’s season
  55. Alright here we go, let’s see who they got for Becca
  56. HAHAHA loyalty and honesty taking shots at Arie
  57. Lincoln, so daper
  58. HE’S GOT AN ACCENT HOW CUTE
  59. what.a.nooooooodle!!!!
  60. Chase, has a hard act to follow
  61. What’s happening with his hair?
  62. Omg a guitar
  63. OH NO A BANJO
  64. HOW CUTE
  65. HE’S SOOO CUTE
  66. Ryan, I am obsessed

  67. Oh okay Darius looked at her like she was a snack, pass
  68. I wonder what Arie’s thinking watching all this?? Is he watching this??
  69. A HORSE??????
  70. Blake, what a CUTIE
  71. He’s getting her “Back on the horse” I am crying

Well, we’ll see you all back here when Becca’s ~most dramatic season ever~ airs on May 28th

Spring Break Essentials: The Curtsy Way

You bring the party, we’ll do the rest

FINALLY. Spring break is here. January lasted about three years too long. February felt like a week, and now spring break is here. If you’re like the majority of college girls, you’re taking every last-minute babysitting job you can to make some quick cash and trying to figure out whether Ulta or Sephora has better self-tanner. Mousse or lotion, right? Wipes or spray? Too many options.

Better news: Curtsy has you covered. From spring break wardrobe essentials to all the best sunscreen and beach towels, all you have to do is bring the party and Curtsy will provide the rest. Read along to see top items on the app you can rent for spring break with our special 10-day rental feature. Curtsy HQ’s favorite products are linked too, so you can find them easy before you hop on a plane to LAX.

50 lb. limit, yikes

Who decided 50 pounds is the limit?? If you’re anything like me, you pack everything you own “just in case.” Hopefully this guide can help you narrow down your entire wardrobe so that you don’t travel to another country and bring your entire closet along. It’s time to pull out the white pants and light colored pieces to show off that #sb2018 tan. This tie-dye two-piece dress is perfect for dinner & drinks after a long day on the beach. Perfect colors for showing off tan and maybe a little bit of sunburn?? (wear sunscreen!! keep reading for top picks)

Girls just wanna have sun

Sunscreen, ladies! It’s so important. I heard one time that you get tanner from wearing sunscreen than from going in the sun without it. That was probably a trick from my mom, but hey, it stuck with me. But really, even if you only put on SPF 15 that is better than going without. Sun Bum and Hawaiian Tropic are my two favorites. Both smell super beachy and Hawaiian Tropic even makes a kind with sparkles. Sun Bum has SPF 30 lip balm too that comes in a variety of flavors: coconut, banana, watermelon and more. Both brands are relatively cheap, but it’s also your skin we’re talking about so it’s also totally normal to splurge. Moral of the story: wear sunscreen!

Aloe. Don’t be the girl to forget aloe. In the event you forget to reapply or if you doze off in the sun, make sure to pack aloe in your beach bag. I don’t know if aloe is proven to help sunburns, but it sure does feel good. And while you’re at it. Pack after-sun lotion too. It keeps your skin from feeling tight after being in the sun and provides good moisture after a long day on the beach.

And to answer that previous question about self tanner– St. Tropez lotion. Immediate results, no streaks and it smells good! Ulta is the place to purchase.

Half of my spring break clothes are white

Don’t worry, this is totally normal. No matter how freckled, tanned or burnt you get on spring break, wearing white will highlight those tan lines. This Free People sweater would look perfect with white jeans or light wash jean shorts. Always pack a light sweater to throw on over a tank top or dress for nighttime. The wind at the beach can get chilly… and sunburn can make you cold too.

White nail polish is a popular pick for spring break too. Light-colored nails help you look more tan, and they also just look really good on everyone.

Add some gold jewelry to your white-themed outfit, and you will look flawless for sure.

Effortless perfection is the goal

This has never been me and will never be me. Pictures on the beach usually go like this for me: my skin is splotchy either from sunburn or ocean water/sand/sunscreen mix, and my hair is absolutely everywhere. Normal, tame hair? Nope. I don’t know how girls manage that. No uneven sunburn or weird tan lines? Not me either. I can’t control the wind wherever you’re going but at least your outfits can be #onfleek.

These spring break essentials will get you a few steps closer.  Tkees has the perfect flip-flops for walking to and from the beach. They come in almost every color, and they make them in “foundation” tones too so they can match your skin. For when you want to lay down on your stomach to tan or for cute pics in the sand, Las Bayadas has the best towels. They make towels using fun, bright colors and you can get  tassels on your towel too.

Dressy looks better with a tan

Maxi’s and two-pieces are perfect for fancy dinner and going out while you’re on spring break! Take advantage of all of the maxi’s on the app, and use the 10-day spring break rental feature to take Curtsy with you this spring break! This Dolce Vita two-piece is a perfect addition to your spring break wardrobe. Look at how cheap that member price is too!

No matter where you’re going for spring break, take Curtsy with you. The 10-day rental period won’t be here forever, so take advantage of it while you can!

Tag @curtsy in your spring break pics so we can see where our Curtsy girls are off to this year. Bon voyage!

P.S. Don’t have Curtsy?! Download the App Now.

 

 

Oscar for #BestCloset at Auburn goes to…

Caroline Covert, our favorite fashionista and serious closet #goals.

Auburn girls know fashion, and Caroline is no exception- you can tell just by looking at her feed.

Luckily, you can rent all her looks on Curtsy for a fraction of the retail price- and the best part is, she’s always adding new items to her Curtsy Closet.

Fun fact: Caroline has made over $500 from renting her dresses off Curtsy – talk about a side hustle💰

y’all already know auburn girls go #crazyforcurtsy 😉

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We love this fun, flirty, feminine LBD from NBD-

perfect for formals, cocktails, or date night.

Leather is so in right now- and we are so here for it.

Pair it with a fun pair of earrings and heels to make it versatile for spring!

dad told bryce he had to change 🙄 war damn parents weekend!!

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This coral dress has us wishing for warmer weather and summer days-

and also makes for a perfect Parent’s Weekend outfit!

after last night I am now #rollinginit 🎲

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This NBD snakeskin dress is easily one of the most popular dresses on Curtsy-

and we die to get our hands on it every formal szn.

This Misguided set is everything- and you can dress it down

by pairing the off-the-shoulder top with a pair of high-waisted shorts.

 

How many great formal looks does Caroline have in her closet?

The limit does not exist- and this lace number is another stunning choice.

Follow Caroline on Instagram, and rent her closet here. 

XOXO

Curtsy

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117 Thoughts We had during the Bachelor Finale: Part 1

**WARNING** There are definitely spoilers.

Just to preface this article, I love The Bachelor Franchise. I religiously watch every season including the spin offs (Bachelor in Paradise, Bachelor Winter Games, etc…), so naturally, I was excited for this season to start. But I also really hate Arie. So I was torn from the start. Nevertheless, here we go.

  1. Wow love Chris Harrison. He has the best job in the world, amiright?
  2. I actually believe Chris this time when he says this will be “Most Dramatic Season Ever”.
  3. I don’t think I would want to get engaged in Peru TBH
  4. UGH ARIE you love both girls you are the W O R S T
  5. Becca, omg love her
  6. ~dramatically looks off to the rainbow~ same girl
  7. Does Lauren remind anyone else of Lauren B. from Ben’s season?
  8. Like neither of them have personalities? But Lauren B is so cute now that she’s off the bachelor maybe that’ll happen to Lauren
  9. Alright, Arie’s family. Let’s see how this goes
  10. Arie looks nothing like his dad wow
  11. His dad doesn’t even have gray hair?? How does he? I’m confused????
  12. Ah yes Lauren’s first let’s do this
  13. She’s too cute for him wow
  14. She looks freakily like his mom and sister??
  15. IS ARIE ADOPTED?? He doesn’t look like anyone in his family
  16. “I’m not cool” ugh Lauren you’re so innocent and precious
  17. “I’m so happy to be in Peru with the family of the guy i’m in love with” Arie’s mom: okay
  18. HA poor girl
  19. Off to get roasted by the dad, yikes
  20. Arie spends a lot of time reassuring a girl that he’s in love with her after dating 23 other girls I mean I would need it too??
  21. Oh no she’s crying 🙁
  22. Girly you should lose him, he sucks Lauren come on
  23. I think they liked her, idk??
  24. “She’s a cool girl” is she??? She doesn’t really have a personality??
  25. “Lauren was dull and sweet and kind” wow what did I hear that right??
  26. BECCA IS TOO GOOD FOR HIM
  27. THEY BOTH ARE UGH
  28. She said she fell for him during the group dates girl please
  29. Momma doesn’t look happy
  30. Momma also got her lips done
  31. She thinks Becca is less confident than Lauren? Really????
  32. Oh good now momma likes her
  33. Do we think Chris Harrison is this torn about the girls too?
  34. THIS IS SO AWKWARD
  35. Why would he ASK if Becca gets along with Lauren??
  36. “Either way I’m fine with it” I would be PISSED
  37. “You’re a little more busy” WHAT
  38. It’s like you’re comparing an Apple to a Starfish HAHA
  39. I would be pissed if my boyfriend’s family kept bringing up the other woman too wowwowowowowowowow
  40. Chris Harrison. Best. Job. Ever. ugh
  41. They act like Lauren needing reassurance is bad?? See point 20
  42. Ahhh Caroline
  43. They’re on a train and they look so awkward???
  44. OMG IT’S DARK let’s kiss!!!!
  45. Ok Machu Piccu is pretty cool i’ll admit it
  46. She looks pretty cold though
  47. Look at all those ~crisp~ clouds
  48. Alright Arie it’s time to change that hairstyle, pls
  49. He looks like a 6th grader who just figured out what gel is
  50. “You’re so different” eck.
  51. “I didn’t know what I was missing out on until I met you” maybe just like 300k followers on Insta
  52. “I can see that life at home with you” Arie no you can see her raising your kids as a stay at home mom
  53. Remember when Bekah went missing hahahahahahaha
  54. Yes let’s ask an Alpaca if you’re meant to be that’s a good idea
  55. Why do they never eat the food on the show?
  56. I just hate the way he kisses
  57. The scrapbook was cute aww
  58. omg we get it you love two women
  59. Ugh Ben 😍😍
  60. **Lauren stares out the window with full hair and make up done like this shot wasn’t set up**
  61. Does anyone like Becca’s dress?
  62. Lauren’s dress I love
  63. Ahh yes Neil Lane
  64. Why does Arie love bright blue pants?
  65. Oh NO NOT LAUREN
  66. Ugh WHY I feel so bad
  67. Oh man she’s pissed
  68. I would be too
  69. Arie has no remorse
  70. “Why did you do that” Ugh Lauren you’re breaking my heart
  71. I would not be holding his hand if I were her but
  72. She’s holding it together pretty well tbh
  73. **Goes back for round 2**
  74. Chris Harrison is starting to talk like an Italian with his hands
  75. Becca and Chris look like they’re going to a funeral
  76. They shouldn’t make the girls say something before they get proposed/not proposed to
  77. Alright he proposed to Becca let’s get to the drama
  78. HAHAHA they broke the rose that’s a sign
  79. “It’s been.. good”
  80. OH SH**
  81. Did Arie call ABC to get a camera crew back for this?
  82. Everyone booing Arie from the audience same
  83. “The most emotional scene, ever”
  84. Most awkward greeting ever
  85. Oh yeah girl you should be nervous
  86. *Takes a shot every time Arie says “like”*
  87. Wow poor Becca
  88. *Takes a shot every time Arie says “I’m so sorry”*
  89. I would’ve smacked him omg
  90. When Becca said “Well Clearly” HA
  91. This is just painful to watch                                            
  92. *Unedited and Uncut* It probably should be edited and cut
  93. YAS girl walk away
  94. Becca is so real FINALLY
  95. Omg she wants you to leave JUST LEAVE
  96. Don’t go back in there WTF
  97. What is with this guy
  98. She’s obviously not okay????
  99. He’s camping on the couch homie just LEAVEEEEE
  100. Hahahahahaha Arie you are the worst
  101. GET HIM GIRL
  102. GO.HOME.
  103. Poor girl didn’t even get the chance to put on waterproof mascara
  104. *Takes another shot every time Arie says “I’m so sorry”*
  105. I’m mad he hasn’t left yet
  106. He’s just rubbing this in and being the worst WOWOWOW
  107. “This ain’t the Notebook b*tch, leave”– My dad
  108. “Please go” *doesn’t leave* “Please just go” *still doesn’t leave* OMG
  109. OMGGGGG LEAVEEEE
  110. Wow finally
  111. Lmao they locked him out of the car
  112. Becca girly that’s a lot of blush
  113. I blacked out tonight too girl
  114. It’s passed 11pm and my bedtime but I can’t stop watching
  115. You’re out of time BUT you’ll see Arie tomorrow 🙂
  116. Becca got glammed up for 5 minutes of live TV
  117. I’d be pissed

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s recap because trust us, it’ll be good.

The Curtsy Closet is Officially Open in Downtown Tuscaloosa

A thousand pieces from the app, all in one place: The Curtsy Closet.

The first Curtsy Closet opened up in downtown Tuscaloosa two weeks ago. Here are the deets:

The Curtsy Closet is a Pop-Up shop with over a thousand pieces from the app. You can rent in-store or from the app, just like normal.

On the app, you can always see what’s currently available in the store.

What all can I rent in-store?

Everything from tops and bottoms, to cocktail dresses, long formal dresses, rompers, purses, and even shoes. It’s all owned by girls in Tuscaloosa.

“It’s easy and convenient to come in for an event and immediately find a rockin’ dress or outfit.” – Brittany McMahon

Why did you open up the pop-up?

We figured it was time to open an official location after our Campus Director, Olivia Kercher, ended up with 600+ dresses in the guest bedroom of her house. Shout-out to her roommates who let the un-offical Curtsy Closet take over their house.

Olivia’s Trunk Show

When is it open?

Mon-Thurs: 12-8PM

Fri-Sun: 12-6PM

Where is it?

Next to FIVE

2312 6th Street

Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401

How can I have my closet in the pop-up?

Text us if you’re interested in having your closet in the store: +1 (205) 792-0291

Cheers to all the amazing girls who made the Curtsy Closet possible:

Olivia Kercher

Madison Holmes

Martine McLellan               

Laurel Wilson

Catherine Ross

Alex Sample

Morgan Charles

Issey Behr

Brittany McMahon

Lexi Wardell

Maribeth McClenny

Madeline Little

Lily Bell

Cara McClenny

Kelsie Nagel  

All our Ambassadors  💕

 

If you have any other questions about the pop-up, shoot us a text: +1 (205) 792-0291. We hope to see you in the store soon! 

xo

Team Curtsy

 

And the Oscar for Best Closet at Ole Miss goes to…

Darby Frisbie, our latest #girlcrush.

Darby is a total boss babe and trendsetter at Ole Miss, and her feed is always full of fabulous clothes and travels.

If you’re like us and want to raid her whole closet, you can now rent her Instagram looks on Curtsy.

…You can thank us later.

Love love love this place 🥂

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This dress is perfect for spring- flirty, fun, and affordable AF.

If you zoom in you can see some random famous sign behind me

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We are all for the jumpsuit trend rn – and this navy striped jumpsuit is no exception.

Dress it up for a date, or dress it down for lunch with the fam- either way, count us in.

Nights in NYC ✨

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The weather might be warming up, but we will still take any excuse we can get to wear fur.

Fur + over the knee boots = head-turning combo.

“We are getting married, and we are on our way to Cancun!!”

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It’s sequin szn on Curtsy and this little number from Revolve has us wishing for more formals.

The grove > the quad

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Darby does it again in this navy jumpsuit with the tie in front.

Our favorite part is, this look works all year round.

Feeling good about this year ✨

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Another fab fur look we are DROOLING over… and that we need. to. rent. NOW.

Follow Darby on Instagram, and rent her closet here. 

XOXO

Curtsy

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Cracking the Shy Guys Shell One Date Night at a Time

Last night I was hanging out with one of my best girlfriends and we came up on the subject of our semi formal.

Okay that was a lie, we were talking about it forever and we’ve been texting all day on who she wants to take. You know, life decisions.

We’re driving around, and I mention the guy who she’s been snap chatting the past two weeks (he called her “babe” the other week so things are serious. He was a little intoxicated, but we don’t mention that).

I bring him up and she immediately freaks out and jumps off a cliff to conclusions,

“Oh my god Caroline what if he says no? I would never EVER ask a guy that I don’t know that well that is SO embarrassing. He probably already has a date night that night..”

She goes on for another 10 minutes.

Right as I catch her when she’s taking a breath I say, “Look you’re never going to know these things unless you put yourself out there!”

More like scream than say, but she probably had a whole speech prepared about not wanting to take him.

Also, to be frank with you, this really does not matter in the long run.

In three years are you going to remember Mark from Sigma Apple Epsilon who threw up on you and then asked for your friend’s number at the end of your formal night?

Okay well, you probably will remember that, but the point is as much fun as date nights are they aren’t the most memorable for a few reasons- ha ha. The dates are truly just an added bonus to a fun night out with your girls.

Guys are extremely simple for the most part. If they like you, they will respond. If they don’t like you, they won’t (or they will make up something they have to do instead of the date night like clean their new Nikes).

Easy as pie.

About an hour and a couple of therapy talks I honestly should have charged her later, for she decides she will say to him, “Hey random what are you doing next Thursday?”

If you haven’t done the “oh-my-gosh-I-completely-forgot-it-was-my-function-lol” text to invite a guy, you’re lying.

Ladies, we need to be more like guys when it comes to the first move. You see a guy at a bar strike out and four seconds later he’s on to the next one.

And you’ll be happy to know that my girlfriend is now going to formal with the “guy she’s been snap chatting” and they are going to have a great ass time.

That she probably won’t remember in three years.

P. S.  If you have a funny mem or want me to write about something specific – please comment or DM me on Instagram & I would be happy to!

New Music Friday: It’s Time to Get your SB2k18 Groove On

It’s the first ever edition of New Music Friday: Spring Break Edition.

We know all you can think about is Spring Break and nothing says Spring Break like a bomb soundtrack for that 10 hour drive to Destin amiright?!

Lucky for you, I’ve pulled together some major Spring Break vibes for you to take from the car to the beach and back.

First off, Want You Back by 5 Seconds of Summer

This song jams. Everyone needs a little Boy Band action in their life and if you say you don’t, you’re lying to yourself.

Second, Mine by Bazzi

Of course you’ve already heard of this song. If you haven’t, you’re probably living under a rock. Regardless, this song is the perfect song to roll down the windows to and dolphin swim your hand out the window. Trust me, try it.

The third song is 8TEEN by Khalid

Everyone’s favorite 20 year old, Khalid, has made his way into the music world with some bomb feel good songs and this one is no exception. 8TEEN is the perfect song to make you feel like you’re in high school again breaking all your parents rules.

Have more suggestions for next week’s New Music Friday? Write me [email protected]

Need Spring Break outfit Inspo? Check out the Spring Break lists on your school’s feed here!

 

South Carolina’s #CurtsyStyle is so FLEEKIN grammable

Trust us, these girls have serious closet #goals.

Take inspo from some of our fave insta #girlcrushes in Columbia.

The best part? They’re all rockin’ looks you can rent for under $20 on Curtsy.

This romper can take you from a darty to the bars in seconds- AND its flattering AF

Shop Rachel’s closet

Follow @rproff4026

TBH- we just wish we could have Isabelle’s whole closet.

Shop Isabelle’s closet

Follow @_isabellejohnson

We can’t get enough of Carson’s trendy style, and she always slays in denim.

Shop Carson’s closet

Follow @carson_light

We are obsessed with mini skirts rn, and this Free People skirt is perfect for a night out with your girl squad.

Shop Taylor’s closet

Follow @taylorrr_morris

This romper has us drooling — if only we could all rock it as well as Julia does.

Shop Julia’s closet

Follow @juliamcaleer

Want your closet to be featured next?! Send us a note at [email protected] 😘

XOXO,

Curtsy

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An Open Letter to My Freshman Year

Dear 3 AM,

Isn’t it funny, that you can go 18 years of your life feeling like you have it all figured out, just to find out you still don’t remember how to do your own laundry? And this is only the beginning.

Eight months ago, worries of what people might think would have kept me from putting my thoughts out for all who knew me. Today, I realize you do these things for you and not for anyone else. So here I am writing a letter, and somehow finding myself in the process.

In my first year of college, I truly realized how little I had come and how far I have to go. Leaving home for the first time eight months ago, set me out on a journey that I could have never imagined. That journey has been complicated, confusing and one heck of an adventure. This year, I have grown immensely in my understanding of myself and the chaotic life that surrounds me. These lessons have guided my freshman year and have turned in to persistent reminders on surviving life on my (almost) own.

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The friendships I have gained and lost in the past eight months have showed me the real blessings of the people God bestows in our journey.

To the friendships that have been lost: Remember that God has a plan and that people are truly sent into your life when you need them most and leave when their purpose is fulfilled. If your life is anything similar to mine, you will feel the absence of so many people who use to be your whole world. When you feel this absence, remember that they may just have finished their part of your story and be moving on to the next chapter of their life. Let them go, let them find their next chapter, let them become a better them, let them be great.

This lesson of letting go will be one of the biggest struggles that you will ever endure during your freshman year. You will feel like you know what’s best and that the advice of letting go is for everyone but you. You would refuse to accept the change and fight for these people to remain in your life.

One of the greatest lessons that you will ever learn is that if you actually care about these people, let them go. Let them go be great, let them grow on their own, and let them find themselves. Pray for them and be proud of them. Realize that you were blessed to know them and witness the beginning of their great life. Watch as they soar, and know you were a part of a chapter that got them to where they are today. Let that be enough.

To the gained friendships: This is what college is about (besides school, of course). Freshman year is the year you will gain the most wonderful and unique friendships in the world. You will make an abundance of those “friends for life” and you will be happier than ever to have them by your side. You will be severely confused on how you survived your first 18 years without them, and not so casually let them know that they are stuck with you for the next 60 years.

You will have your roommate who if you’re as lucky as I was, will become a best friend, your family, and the person you spend countless hours enjoying and accepting the severe Netflix addiction you both suffer from.

You will have Greek involved friends and not so Greek involved friends that will equally impact your life in all different ways.

You will have your much-needed classmate friends who will sometimes be the only reason you pass a class — be extra thankful for them, because they just took one for the team.

You will have your life of the party friends or as I like to call them “Meredith and Molly”, who will never let you forget that college is about having a good time and seizing every opportunity thrown your way.

No matter the assortment of friends you will inevitably make, you should know they are the glue to your college experience. Don’t be afraid to tell them their importance and never to let them forget how thankful you are for their existence. They rock, and they should know it.

Beyond the blessing of friendship, you will also ultimately realize the overwhelming importance of your parents.

As a freshman, you will discover that the people you couldn’t wait to not have bossing you around, are actually your rock and biggest fans. The countless hours you spent under-appreciating them will now have you spending the rest of your life letting them know how much you value and appreciate their support.

With a new found respect and appreciation of your parents, you can quite possibly make the greatest friends in the world in them. The friendship you bestow in your parents is the most genuine, empowering, and beautiful thing in the world that God gives us on earth. Sadly, it takes most of us 18 years to discover the true greatness of this friendship. With first-hand experience of having parents who have grown into my best friends, I can promise you that there is nothing more fulfilling.

In the past year, I transitioned from the daughter who all who knew me thought I would never call home, to a daughter that my parents hear from daily. These phone calls encompass some of the greatest advice, laughter, and love that I have ever experienced. Whether you’re having a rough day, a great day or even just running low on the summer cash that was supposed to last you all year, the phone call home will always be beneficial. No one on earth knows you better than the people that brought you here, so be thankful for them, and happy God gave you such a fantastic pair of built-in friends.

Freshman year is tough, yet amazing, and your biggest fans want nothing more than to know all about it, so don’t hesitate to share. Don’t take these guys for granted, they’re the most important people God has given you.

Lastly, if there were anything in the world that I could have engraved in my mind during these past eight months, it would be to love yourself unconditionally and never to forget to see your self-worth. When you begin a new journey and lose your comfort zone in a matter of seconds, your self-love is truly tested.

This is the time you should remind yourself that no matter what is happening in your life, loving yourself and seeing your value should always be first and foremost.

If you are anything like myself, you struggle with this concept and seeing the truth in those words on an almost daily basis. You constantly compare yourself to the skinnier, the prettier, and more talented people around you. These comparisons are nothing but a warped perception of judgments you make and have no serious meaning to anyone but you. In these moments, don’t lose sight of your great attributes. God gave you this life, body, and characteristics for a purpose, and we all should take pride in his work and not devalue oneself from a skewed perception in our head.

Loving oneself is a constant battle that requires constant effort and endless do-overs. I would tell myself to not let others define your value and always to stand up for the things that matter to you. You are in charge of loving yourself, and no one can or should be in charge of creating a value to you. In the end, freshman year is tough, and you must always fight to believe in yourself. You must not forget to love yourself as much as you love others.

This year doesn’t define who you will always be, but it’s a beginning of a great journey. Your journey isn’t always going to be easy, and in those not so easy moments you must remember to have confidence in yourself. As long as you have confidence, you will always be able to overcome the day on top. So remind yourself that you got this, and you’re killing it on your (almost) own.

To wrap up this never-ending, yet essential letter I have written to not only you, but also myself, I ask that we remember that this is just the beginning. You have only just begun this journey, and you have all the power in the world to make it the most beautiful, unique and impactful adventure. God has given you everything in his possible power to succeed and sore. Take advantage of the blessings of friendship, the great parents you have, and the value in yourself that he has bestowed in your life.

Laugh a lot, cry a little, and continue to make the memories of a lifetime. Always choose to live by your rules, and let others live by their own. This is your time, your moment, your life, and you’re going to be great. So be proud of yourself, you’re surviving on your (almost) own for the first time in your life.

You may not realize it now, but you’re leading only a life that you can lead, and freshman year is only the beginning of your kick-ass story.

Sincerely,

4 AM & exhausted.