A Birthday Spent At Home Away From Home

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“It’s my birthday, it’s my birthday!
I’m gonna spend no money!”

This sound plays on repeat in my mind on my special day. Birthdays hold a special place in our hearts, right? As much as we like to get pampered on our very own day, it becomes all the more interesting when your college friends do something that you remember for the rest of your lives. Something similar happened to me in the year 2019.

It was a crisp winter evening in December, just a day before my 19th birthday, the first-ever birthday away from home- my parents, my siblings, and my dear school friends. I never thought that one day I would not be celebrating my birthday with my family. I felt so sad and homesick as I thought no one remembered my birthday. I dozed off in one of my friend’s room. Apurva, my roommate, woke me when the clock was about to strike midnight by saying, let’s get back to our room and sleep. As I entered the room, I was astonished to see the smiling faces around me. My friends withdrew me from the gloomy state. I was so stunned to see how beautifully all my friends decked my room with balloons, fairy lights, sparkle, and streamers. Everyone gathered there for me to feel special and to brighten up my day. They had also organized a little party where they prepared my favorite dishes. I had a lovely time with my new friends, who became my family that day.! And that wasn’t it!

The next morning, I saw a cute little birthday card on my desk, and with that card, there was a little note with a mention of my favorite cafe and time on it. Of Course, I had to go there! As I reached, I saw my high school best friend and my boyfriend. They traveled from Mumbai and Bangalore to Dehradun to surprise me. My college friends planned it all. I felt so content and couldn’t stop my rolling tears because my friends went out of their way to make me feel so loved and important.

My Friends = My College-Time Guardian Angels

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It was the month of December, time for our first end-semester examination. Like all the other people in the hostel during exams, my roommates and I were crashing our brains, reading the presentations, pdfs, notes, and any study material we could. We were nervous. It was around 11 in the night when I started feeling a bit dull and tired. We thought it was because of the stress and tension, so my roommates told me to sleep for an hour, and then they’ll wake me up to study. My roommate woke me up after an hour, only to find out that I had a high fever. While I was panicking terribly, both my roommates decided to help me.

Everything they did next won my heart. While one of them gave me medicine, and put a wet cloth on my forehead, the other roommate read the presentations aloud and helped me study. Just like this, the night passed away. Two hours before the exam, my roommates got me dressed and left the hostel to meet our teacher regarding my health. With the help of our professor, they somehow managed to arrange a writer to write my exam, permission for me to lie down in the dispensary while dictating the paper, and extra time for me to complete my exam.Who could have thought this is possible? But my roommates made it happen. This is my college story!