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“The cat is in the refrigerator again.”

April 25th, 2013

“The cat is in the refrigerator again.”

So my roommate and I have this cat. He lives with us in our dorm room in Hamlin Hall and he is quite angsty. He constantly messes up our room, makes weird noises at night and is just a general pain in the butt. On the other hand, though, he does not take very kindly to people who irritate us, which has been a major plus. Oh, and he frequently gets stuck in our refrigerator.

His name you ask? Well, just like him, it is odd. His name is Cat. To quote Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “He is a poor slob without a name.”

By now ,you are probably wondering how the heck my roommate and I have managed to keep a cat concealed in a residence hall. The truth is, there is no cat. He doesn’t exist. But we sure do like to pretend he does.

This is one of the many odd things that my friends and I have dreamt up. But, we need something to pass the time in between procrastination and homework right?

Before you leave for college, everyone tells you that it will be the best four years of your life. You will meet new friends, have new experiences and hopefully even find your passion. But the impact those friends have on you is never really impressed upon you.

The friends you make in college are invaluable; they typically end up becoming your second family. Because we are all basically living on top of each other, you get really comfortable with people really fast.

For example, when I first moved into my dorm this year, I was honestly a little scared about what living with the one and only Brianna Lazarchik would be like. But now, I honestly do not know what I would do without her. For goodness sakes, she basically started my paper about writing a paper for me on Friday night. Thank goodness, too, because I do not think I could have managed it without her unique form of humor.

Friends in college – true friends – are the people who you can joke around with about fake cats and be silly with and still they somehow manage to love you. I have the incredibly good fortune of having an amazing group of friends here at John Carroll. Everything from Christmas trips to Chagrin Falls to late night runs across campus, in the rain, with no shoes, has proven to me that I am incredibly blessed.

College is one of the unique opportunities we have to form unforgettable bonds with other people. If you ever take the time to think about how you interact with your best friends here at John Carroll and then about how an outsider would view those interactions, I can almost guarantee your mind will probably be blown.

You have this mental connection with your friends in college where you can literally look at each other and know exactly what the other person is thinking. It is awesome and freaky at the same time, but it makes social gatherings a whole lot more bearable.

So the next time you are driving back from a Cleveland Indians game at 10 at night with your best friends, talking about things you never even thought about telling your high school friends, think about how much you care about them and what a unique opportunity you have been given by being in college.

You have four years to develop bonds with people that will be unexplainable to anyone outside of the friendship. They love you and indulge you in your ridiculous ideas. Make sure you cherish the time you have here at John Carroll. Two years in, I cannot believe how fast time has gone. Put it to good use. Make up fake cats, write silly post-it notes, and have ridiculously insane group message threads. They will always be there for you, so make sure you tell them how much they matter to you.