By Karen | June 27, 2012
While I haven’t been on campus for the past few weeks, I’ve still stayed in contact with many of my friends from Ohio State. Many of us are at our own individual homes, homes that have been separate unexplored worlds. However, last weekend, I had a few friends visit my part of the world.
Having a friend that I’m already very close to come into my home for the first time was a weird experience. I had to keep reminding myself that unlike my high school friends they weren’t necessarily comfortable going into the refrigerator, finding the bathroom, or driving through my town.
I have to remind myself sometimes that my friends from school have homes and families and an entire eighteen years that they spent somewhere else. They don’t just sit in Columbus and wait for me to show up.
The surprising thing, however, is how easily my college friends fit right into my life back in the suburbs. After only a few awkward moments my friends were talking to my mother (sometimes my friends come to my house just to see my mom, I swear), looking at my embarrassing childhood pictures on the walls, and moving around my house with ease.
One of the best parts of the day was when we indulged our incredible addiction to the lovely card game that is euchre. Three of our normal four were in my house, but unfortunately our fourth, my partner, lives out of state. But no fear. We played euchre over Skype, showing our friend the cards he had been dealt which he would then pull from a deck of cards he had in his room. As sad as this situation sounds, it was fun to play again after so long.
Seeing these friends after only a few weeks apart was awesome. I had missed just being able to hang out instead of texts, Facebook posts, or phone calls. Even though you’re only going to be apart a few months, everyone should make these visits if they aren’t staying in Columbus for the summer.
It’s a nice feeling to have friends all over the state of Ohio, and even from places outside our state, instead of just the people from my small town. Variety can be nice. I owe my thanks to Ohio State for introducing me to some really great people, and even better friends.
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