Living With my Best Friend Through College

Samantha Carman   Staff Writer

Looking back at my four years at Eastern, so many things have changed. Though one thing has stayed the same, that thing being my best friend, Brooke Cochrane. She has also been my roommate through those four years. When I first came to college, the idea of living with a total stranger scared me to death. I like to keep to myself and was nervous to share some of my life with someone I didn’t know. I got extremely lucky and was placed with someone who was exactly like me. We got along so well that most of our other friends didn’t believe us when we said we were randomly placed together. It wasn’t too long before we became “Brooke and Sam.”

I don’t know how I would have gotten through the past four years without her and I know she can say the same. Living with my best friend meant living with the person who knows all of your quirks. Brooke knows how weird I can be and I know how weird she can be. She’s the only person who will let me talk about Big Time Rush for an hour straight because I’ll listen to her talk for hours about Justin Bieber. She knows when I’ve had a bad day and knows exactly how to make it better. I’ll never forget the time when I was so stressed out about an assignment and couldn’t stop crying, and while I was in the shower trying to cool off, she printed out a picture of Harry Styles and wrote a note on it. That was almost two years ago and that picture is still hanging on my wall.
We’ve both been through a lot from feeling like giving up, failed friendships and relationships, to family struggles. However, getting to talk to the one person who truly knows everything about you makes all of those problems not seem as bad. Just as any other friendship, we have stupid little fights about who’s going to buy the toilet paper next or whose turn it is to do the dishes. Not even five minutes later, we’ll be back to singing “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack.
The hardest thing about graduating and leaving Eastern is knowing that I won’t be able to live with my best friend anymore. Getting randomly placed with Brooke our freshman year was pure luck, but choosing to live with her for the next three years is the best decision I have ever made. There aren’t enough words to say how much I’ve truly loved living with Brooke, but I have to stop it here. I want to end with a thank you. Thank you for making my college experiences something worth remembering.

“Getting randomly placed with Brooke our freshman year was pure luck, but choosing to live with her for the next three years is the best decision I have ever made.”

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