10 Things I Miss About College During the Summer

10 Things I Miss About College During the Summer

Some of the things I miss the most from college.
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During finals week, we all cannot wait to be done. We want to go home, see our families, and catch up on sleep. Spending time with family is definitely a good thing. It's also nice to relax a bit after finals week. Finals can be exhausting. We can't wait to get home, but once we do, we start to miss college. Here are some of the things I miss the most from college.

1. Spending time with my friends.

This is the number one thing I miss from college. In a previous article, I told incoming freshman to enjoy their first year with their friends. This belief stands stronger than ever. The friends you make are what will make your freshman year great. You'll spend time laughing over nonsense, doing homework together, etc. Not having your friends around is tough. The summer is spent with family, which is still fun, but I miss my friends dearly.

2. Having coffee and chai tea readily available.

This one is actually driving me up a wall. My parents and brother do not drink coffee or chai tea, so we don't keep a constant supply of either in the house. At school, I could walk down the street and have a coffee or chai tea anytime I wanted. Granted, my parents will pick up some chai tea from Walmart when they're there, but it's not constant like at college. At college, I am a caffeine addict and the barista is my supplier.

3. A variety of food within walking distance.

This is something that I kind of miss. It definitely isn't better than home cooked food, but there are some foods I crave from school. G&T, a sort of fast-food establishment at my school, is a place where my friends and I frequented often. Sometimes I miss the grossly deep fried chicken tenders.

4. Learning new information every day.

This one is odd. I did not expect to miss classes. I definitely don't miss taking exams and doing presentations, but I miss the daily routine of going to classes. I miss listening to professors lecture, as I try to cram a bunch of information into my brain.

5. Talking to my roommate.

I miss talking to my roommate. I miss being her roommate in general. Everything changes after freshman year, including who you room with. I was lucky enough to have a great roommate, who turned into a great friend. I'm living in the pet dorm next year, with one of my closest friends. She will definitely be a great roommate. My previous roommate earned the position of an RA next year. I'm super proud of her, and I hope we'll still be able to keep in touch when we're no longer roommates. I miss my old roommate and look forward to spending the year with my new roommate.

6. The freedom to make my own schedule.

This is quite difficult to do at home. Even though we're all adults now, we still have to follow our parents' rules and schedules when we return home. It's really weird being a college student. At college, you have total freedom to do what you want, when you want. At home, you have to do what your parents say, when they say. It's really hard to adjust when you switch between two roles in such a short period of time.

7. The constant interaction with my peers.

I miss this a lot. I don't have a lot of people to hang out with at home. I'll mostly spend the time with family this summer, which I'm excited to do. It's just kind of weird not having people my age constantly around. I could always go outside my dorm room and run into someone I could talk to or hang out with.

8. The independence.

The independence fits with the freedom to make my own schedule. It feels weird relying on mom and dad again. Eating their food and living under their roof, means that you are no longer entirely in charge of yourself. It's weird to readjust to being at home.

9. The goofy nonsensical interactions.

I miss this a lot too. It's part of why I miss my friends. People at college do goofy nonsensical stuff all the time. Whether it's sledding with mattresses or randomly buying exotic creatures, people at college do it all. It brings a sense of happy carefree humor, which I miss immensely.

10. Being able to have food delivered to my dorm.

I was actually so excited that I could have food delivered to my dorm. I live in a very rural area. Literally no food establishment will deliver to our house. I miss being able to order a pizza just because I feel like it.

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So, it is looking like I am about to leave my teenage years behind. I think that I want to reflect back on this time in my life and think about what I want to keep with me in my twenties and maybe some things I can let go. My teenage years have been full of love from my family and friends; hard work to make good grades in school and creating art. I developed several great friendships that I have held on to across the miles even though I went to college 14 hours away from our previous home. I am so thankful for the friendships I have made in college as well.

It seems like friends you make in your childhood and younger years can really stand the test of time. Maybe it is because when you became friends you were truly who you were. Everyone was genuine and didn't put up walls to protect themselves. You got to know someone on a deeper more personal level more quickly than if you had met later in life. I also think we laughed even more as children and that always creates good memories to look back on. So I think in my twenties I will try to hang on to the "childish" way of making friends. I will try to show my true self and will accept them for who they are, and we will laugh....a lot.

I think a good thing to let go of is always trying to make dead-end relationships work. When we were children on the playground and we tried to play a game together or jump rope and it just wasn't working, we would run off and find someone else. It was easy. It was just natural. Now sometimes I find myself trying to stay in a relationship by being overly nice, giving gifts, trying to find what pushes the persons "good" buttons. I might spend so much time trying to figure this person out that I leave out more solid relationships that are worth my time. So in my twenties, I will try to be more realistic about who to spend my time on. Some people are just never going to stand the test of time. I can continue to be cordial but won't let them rule my time and thought life.

As children, we loved our parents and siblings and would show love to them in a myriad of ways. Maybe it was hugs, pictures on the fridge, good night kisses, playing games, or just quality time spent together as a family. Starting my twenties, I am mature enough to realize the value of these people in my life. Thankfully, I have always known this. I was never the type that was embarrassed if someone saw me walking with my Mom or Dad or being dropped off in the Mom Van somewhere. I always knew these people loved me more than anyone else I was about to meet. But in my twenties, I plan to keep up with my family even when I am eight hours away from them. We are never too old to need the love of family.

As weird as it is to say goodbye to my teenage years, it's honestly helped me to soak in the precious moments of everyday life and treasure them even more. Every year when birthdays come around, it always serves as a reminder how quickly the days, months, and years fly by. I think that has been one difficult part of this birthday season. It's hard to say goodbye to the past, without a clear map of the future. But, I must remind myself that this is why growing up is a beautiful thing- as we live life and experience new things, we are better prepared for what the future may hold. Everything that I have experienced in my 20 years has served an important purpose- to make me into the person I am supposed to become. Yes, life is always changing and so am I... and change can be hard. Very hard. But one thing to remember is God is always constant. He will never change. No matter what number is on your birthday cake, He is always there...the same God yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is the Rock that we will always be able to cling to. Isn't that a wonderful thought? Even if we don't know what's in His plans for us in the coming year, it's important to make Him a part of our plans. Rather than worry about change, let's embrace it all- the good and the bad- and look to the Lord to see how He will guide and shape us.

Teenage years- the time has come. I must say goodbye to you now. But, you will never be forgotten. I will hold your memories in my heart forever. Twenties- I am excited for all that awaits me.

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9

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