10 Reasons Going Home For Break Is The Best

10 Reasons Going Home For Break Is The Best

Because the beaches are probably crowded anyway

College spring breaks are weird sometimes, because there's a pretty good chance that when you go home for 'spring' break there will be snow on the ground at some point. Even if it's not sunny or 90 degrees, here are just a few of the best parts about coming home for spring break.

1. Family

It's been too long since you've seen them and you know it.

2. Homemade food

Not only do you not need to pay for it, but you don't have to fight off other college kids for the last bread stick (you just have to fight your family).

3. Daytime TV

Sure, Netflix has episodes of Law and Order SVU, but it's not the same as switching between that and the People's Court while everyone else is at school and work.

4. Seeing your friends from other schools

Maybe the trip across the state to their campus might be a bit much, but you can handle ten minutes to the Applebees in your hometown for them.

5. Sleeping in your own bed

Sure, you're used to the college bed now, but who wouldn't want to trade in a weird almost twin bed for a queen? Enjoy the space to roll around all night without hitting the floor.

6. Borrowing your sister's clothes

She's been shopping a lot since you've been gone. You could probably go all week without opening the bag you so carefully packed if you wanted to, but she might not like that.

7. Getting to see your young relatives

You can pretend you don't have the fear, but in the back of their mind every college student is afraid their baby cousins will forget who they are while they're away at school.

8. Sleeping in

Because once everyone leaves the house for work and school no one will know if you go right back to bed. Is there anything a college student wants more than 8+ hours of sleep?

9. Driving in familiar territory

The roads at school might be familiar by now, but you're not driving by your uncle's house or your elementary school or your favorite pizza place.

10. Catching up on everything you've missed

You've got to hear the highlight reel of the semester so far, but sitting at the dinner table is totally different than a grainy facetime call. You'd be surprised how much there is to talk about. Nothing feels as homey as settling in at the dinner table.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 A.M. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest,

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old doom room is now filled with two freshman trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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8 Things I Have Learned During My Freshman Year Of College

♫ Everything is not what it seems... ♫

As the end of my freshman year quickly approaches, I can't imagine all that's happened this past year. I've semi-lived on my own for eight months, joined a sorority, and somehow became a partial adult all in the matter in that short time.

Here are eight important things I've learned during this past school year!

1. College students do not care, like at all.

You could be doing the macarena while on rollerblades screaming, and most people would treat it like a normal activity.

2. Skipping class is a lot easier than it seems.

*Me every time I walk into my 8 A.M. at 7:59 A.M.

3. A 4.0 GPA is attainable, but you'll have a limited social life.

Classes get harder as you get older, and sometimes a B is all you can manage without going insane.

4. Sometimes knowing absolutely no one is the most comforting thing in the world.

You can be whoever you want and do whatever you want, and it's the nicest feeling sometimes.

5. If you don't know what you value, your life will be 10 times easier.

Don't be friends with people who make you question their beliefs or make you go back on what you believe in.

6. Do things for yourself every once in a while, even if it's only to keep your sanity.

Blow off that one homework assignment so you can go to bed before 2 A.M. Watch another episode, even though you have class in 45 minutes. Just be careful about how often you do it!

7. Friends are important in a way that family will never be.

When you're sick, rundown, over classes, and your family lives 2 hours away, your friends are the ones who got you.

8. Dogs make everything better.

Literally everything!

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