Three Tips From the Girl that Wasn’t Popular in High School... or College. 😬⠀

I never had more than a few friends in my inner circle, I had to ask out all of my homecoming and prom dates, and I spent most of my time with kids at the gymnastics gym. ⠀ ⠀ Yet, I wouldn’t have changed it for a thing, and here are some things I learned along the way. ⠀ ⠀ 1. It’s OK to have friends of all different ages. ⠀ ⠀ Since my gym was privatized, I worked out with girls that were 5 - 16 years old well into my HS years. My two closest friends from that gym are a full year to two years younger than me. ⠀ ⠀ Yet my fiancé is seven years older than me and we now have friends who are in their 50’s that we’ve met through our jobs and we love them! Age is just a number and you’ll lose out on some amazing people if you categorize yourself. ⠀ ⠀ 2. Be roommates with people that actually care about you.⠀ ⠀ There’s something to be said for having a roommate that genuinely cares about your wellbeing and happiness. ⠀ ⠀ I had some HORRIBLE experiences with roommates in college and it honestly negatively impacted 2.5 years of my college experience. ⠀ ⠀ That last year when I roomed with my close friend was so relieving and comfortable because I knew that she wouldn’t ever wish me harm or try to make me uncomfortable in my home. ⠀ ⠀ 3. Acknowledge who your real friends are. ⠀ ⠀ I was crying to my fiancé one day saying that I felt like there was something wrong with me because I didn’t have any friends from my major or university, and I wasn’t having that “college experience”. ⠀ ⠀ He stopped me mid tears and said, “Anna look at ALL the friends you have. You are literally surrounded by people who love you and you are so busy trying to have “college friends” that you are completely missing it!” ⠀ ⠀ My best friends I made while I was in college were not people I met at the university. For the longest time I labeled them as coworkers or didn’t see them as friends because they were more like family, but these relationships are still going strong to this day. ⠀ ⠀ If you’re feeling lonely make sure you’re making time for the people that love you. ❤️