10 Things You're Too Prideful To Admit You Missed About Home

10 Things You're Too Prideful To Admit You Missed About Home

It's OK, we can keep it our little secret.
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With spring semester coming to a close, the majority of us have been forced to return home to those towns we have kind of separated ourselves from since school began in August. College brought us a new daily routine, new places to hangout, and new activities that we have grown accustomed to. While we love college, more than anything, there really is no place like home and whether we want to admit it or not, there are parts of our hometown we are pleasantly surprised to have back in our lives. Here are 10 things you are too prideful to admit you missed about being away from home.

1. Your parents' morning routine.

Whether your parents wake up a little early, sit and discuss the morning news over a cup of coffee or they roll out of bed 30 minutes late and spend the entire morning screaming at your younger siblings, nothing makes you feel at home like that same morning routine you remember from high school. While chicken-minis from Chick-fil-A are great and grabbing Starbucks from the student center was convenient, nothing beats a breakfast with the family and your mom’s eggs. College mornings are spent one of three ways: sneaking around quietly as not to wake your roommate up, in pure agony as punishment from the night before, or rushing around because you slept in. It's nice to slip back into a normal routine, and it is something you probably didn’t realize you missed until you re-experienced it.

2. Your bathroom.

If you were lucky enough to live in an apartment then this feeling might not be as strong as it is for us dorm guys and gals. Sharing a bathroom is no walk in the park, especially when you take into account the size of dorm life bathrooms. Being able to shower without consulting your roommates, having no time limit when it comes to getting ready, and just the privacy that comes with a place of your own is so refreshing. You never really think about how important a bathroom is to your sanity until you have stayed in a dorm for a while.

3. Your favorite restaurant.

Whether it’s a small town diner, cafe, pizza joint or BBQ smokehouse, we all have that one restaurant that is signature to our hometown. And, oh have we missed it. Nothing says home like walking into that one restaurant and ordering your favorite thing with people that are native to your town. You’ve yet to find a place like it and you probably never will. Listening to the regular guests’ conversations and seeing that nothing has changed a bit makes this eating establishment so very much a part of your home experience.

4. Your high school friends.

While college friends are gold, and there are times you are so glad you branched out, nothing compares to those people who you have known since birth. Talking about old prom memories, your teachers and friends you haven’t seen in forever and all the new memories you have made since college is so much fun. These are the people you don’t have to explain your quirky habits to, the people that know what you want for dinner without asking, and the people you are comfortable being honest with; it is so refreshing to have them around.

5. Your "downtown."

It’s the place that ties your specific city together. Whether it's the bustling streets of a big city or the quaint antique shops of a small southern town we all love to be in the heart of our hometown. It is the place that centralizes all the town residents and it is the best representation of your town’s soul. While we enjoyed the adventure that came with navigating and learning our respective college city’s downtown, there is nothing like walking the streets that you claim as your own.

6. Your high school.

You can pretend you hate it. That you’re so glad you’ve moved on and past that part of your life. While this may be completely accurate, driving by your old stomping grounds definitely gets you in your feels. You miss the easy going flow of high school. Those were the days free of true responsibilities, bills or GPAs that stick with you forever. So while college may have been where you found yourself and where you are the happiest, going home makes you reminisce on those high school days.

7. Your church.

While you may have found a new place of worship in your college town, it is so nice to be able to walk into a sanctuary that you call home. It’s awesome to sit in those pews that you are most comfortable with and to talk with people you know.

8. Your parents' incessant questions.

You roll your eyes every time they ask, but deep down you have missed your mom questioning your every move, your dad’s interrogation every time you come in from being out and them both inquiring about who you are texting. The freedom of college is definitely something you’ll grow to appreciate over the summer, but sometimes, just sometimes, being momma and daddy’s baby is fun.

9. Your younger siblings.

You’ve probably been arguing since you got back to make up for lost time, but you’ve missed their stupid pranks, their dumb jokes, and the way they eat the last piece of pizza. Siblings are so special and they have been one of the most missed things while you’ve been away at college.

10. Your room.

It’s your palace. It holds all your photos, all your memories, and it’s the place you can completely be you. You can dance around in your underwear, watch as much Netflix as you want, and basically do whatever it is you want with no questions. While we claimed to have loved our dorm and loved our roommate, we can’t help but indulge in the solitude of our own room. Being able to spend time with yourself for the first time in forever is a treat and one of the best parts of being back home.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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The 7 Best Pieces Of Advice I Have Been Given About Life

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There isn't a central theme among these pieces of advice or sayings. They are all just random things I have been told over the course of my life–especially in the last week. I find these 7 to be particularly helpful in various situations, and try to keep them in mind when I am in over my head.

1. "Don't be afraid to advocate for yourself because there is nobody who is going to help you more than you."

You are the #1 person who can help your own case. No one knows you as you do, therefore no one will be able to help you more than you can help yourself. A lot of things are mental, so once you can convince yourself that you deserve something (whatever it may be) you can convince anyone. Another saying goes along with this, on the flip side: "No one can diminish you but yourself." You are in control of your own self-perception, and you are very much capable of being your own worst enemy.

2. "Stand behind your reputation because you can never get it back."

My mom sent this to me the other day. Be who you are, and do it proudly. Especially with meeting people for the first time, you can never have a second chance at a first impression. That being said, if people view you in a bad light, figure out why that is and fix it. You may not be able to change someones initial thoughts of you, but you can change the way they view you after that.

3. "The best things in life happen unexpectedly."

"Life is what happens when you're busy making plans," also goes along with this. Trying to plan out every little detail of your life is only going to lead to disappointment. Sometimes you find the best things/what you're looking for when you're not actually looking. Just go through the motions and things will work out the way they are supposed to.

4. "Be proud of your accomplishments, no matter how small."

It's important to celebrate the little things. Did you go to class today? Good for you. Did you decide to drink water instead of a soda? That's awesome. How are you going to work up to doing bigger and better things if you don't have anywhere to start?

5. "Whatever you're stressing about now probably won't matter in five years."

As someone who is often eaten away by their own worry and anxiety, this is a mantra that I try to constantly remind myself. While it may seem like a big deal now, you need to keep in mind the bigger picture. Will it matter in 5 hours? 5 days? 5 months? And so on. If the answer is no to ANY of these questions, it's probably not worth beating yourself up over.

6. "Stop being the 'go to' person for someone you can't go to."

Someone tweeted that their pastor said this to them and the tweet went viral. A friend of mine sent it to me, and it really made me think. Something I have struggled with over the years is making excuses for people who don't show up for me when I am constantly there for them. This is a helpful reminder that if they aren't contributing to you and your life, you shouldn't have to bend over backward to help them out and be in their lives.

7. "Two wrongs don't make a right."

While this is often a saying that parents use on their young children, it is applicable to pretty much any stage of life. My parents, especially my dad, have constantly said this, whether it was in reference to fighting with my siblings or dealing with people at school. Even as a 20-year-old, I find myself saying this when I hear about arguments and problems people are having. Everyone wants to get even, to best those who hurt them. While it's important to stick up for yourself, it is also important to be the bigger person and not stoop to their level (and whatever else your parents told you in these situations).

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