So if I were to write an epilogue to The Freshman 50, this would be it.
I honestly can’t believe it’s taken me this long to figure it out in the first place… I mean, I’m a senior. I just “applied” to graduate. I have three and a half-ish months left on the Hilltop. And I’m just now figuring this out?
Partly because I was on a men’s rowing team… I feel like I never really met that perfect group of girlfriends at Georgetown. It’s not that I don’t have friends here– because I do– but I don’t have that super close group of girls like I did in high school. I was so lucky to have Little V on campus with me, but now she’s so far!!!
When I envisioned my years at Georgetown before I got here, I always thought I’d find and meet girls just like I had in high school. But it didn’t really happen that way. I have girl friends that I talk to when we bump into each other. I have girl friends to work on projects together. I have girl friends to grab dinner every other month.
Two of my best friends from Tampa!
I don’t really have anyone (now that Little V is across the pond) to escape the library and go shopping. No one to go to a party (if, for some reason I decided I even wanted to go to a party) with. I mean, seriously, I didn’t even have anyone to room with or live in a house with off campus this year.
But then I realized something…
I don’t have to be best friends with everyone. And I certainly don’t need to be best friends with someone from Georgetown. I guess I was thinking in a total Black and White manner. I either had a best girlfriend on campus… or I didn’t. I WAS SO WRONG.
I have found friends outside of the gates of campus. Seems like a total no-brainer, but I had completely never thought that this was even an option. I’ve since become really great friends with Stephanie. She and I knew each other from the blog-o-sphere and she wrote for Prep Talk for the first six months! Steph just moved to DC after she graduated from university and we have hit it off so well!
We went out to dinner the other night with two other (new) friends and then I spent the night and we did “girl” things. Like, you know…. cutting her hair.
I had to watch a 15 minute YouTube video on proper hair cutting technique.
(For the record, this might actually be the dumbest thing I’ve ever done. I am quite thankful that I didn’t mess up and neither of us cried… however, I will never cut another person’s hair again. Talk about high-stress!!!!)
I’ve also gotten to be really good friends with a couple of girls from GW.
Even if you have a great group of friends on your campus, it’s not a bad idea to branch out and try to meet as many people as you can in the city. Sometimes it’s great (and necessary) to break away from the daily grind of campus life.
Has anyone else experienced something similar? Did you have a hard time finding close friends on campus?