College is, to many, the greatest time in one’s life. Characterized by the energy of campus and the fruitful endeavors of studying, learning, socializing, and self-realization, college is four years of freshly gained independence in a world of young, energetic, like-minded peers. It’s no mystery that between exams, assignments, and extra-curriculars college can also be one of the busiest times in one’s life. That’s why it is often necessary to have some sort of glue to keep you rooted and closely knit to those you care about. The glue in my case, as odd as it may sound, is television.
I live in a three-bedroom house with two of my best friends whom I've known since middle school. Though we went to separate high schools, we still hung out occasionally and kept in touch. And then, as if by fate, we were reunited in college when we all lived in the same dorm and joined the same fraternity. Now seniors, we have a nice little pad together right off campus.
Our day-to-day schedules are quite different from one another, one roommate having engineering classes all the way across campus, another working at the fraternity house kitchen, and another in and out of the business and journalism schools all day long. We usually see each other for a few minutes here and there during the day, but for the most part we’re all busy doing our own things. This is where the glue becomes so important to us.
Somehow, it has become an unspoken tradition that all of us TV together each night of the week. I don’t really know how the habit got started, but sure enough, every night you can find all three of us plopped in front of our old-school big screen TV watching our favorite shows.
On Monday night it’s Monday Night Football, followed by one of my favorites: Million Dollar Listing. It’s a great feeling knowing that after a long day of class and work you have your bros waiting for you to watch some football and reality TV. When I get home from my night class at around seven, my roommates and I either order some ‘za, or head out to a bar to eat some hot wings and watch the football game. After some wings, football, and smack-talk, my buddies and I head back to our crib where we settle in for a nice little evening of reality television at its best.