15 Things Everyone That Grew Up With A Summer Lake House Understands

15 Things Everyone That Grew Up With A Summer Lake House Understands

15 different ways you are the luckiest person during summer.
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With lake house season coming into view and Fourth of July even closer, I thought I would dedicate an article to those of us fortunate enough to spend our summers at a lake house. We all have different experiences at our lake houses, some may include all of your extended family, some may be a place you live all summer, and some may be a safe haven where you can just sit back and relax, but all of us understand these 15 things:

1. You have traditions for the drive up.

Every time you drive up to your lake house, you have traditions that you have set to make the drive go by faster. Whether it is stopping at your favorite McDonald's with the best Diet Coke you've ever had or driving through an area with the most gorgeous houses you've ever seen, you always have things to look forward to while driving up.

2. You have lake friends that you can't wait to see all winter.

There's nothing like having lake friends to look forward to the whole school year. While you don't talk 24/7, seeing them reminds you of summer, and you love it. Nothing beats a day out on the water with some of your favorite lake neighbors.

3. You've thought the house was haunted at some point.

You're probably crazy, but you know you've heard noises down the hall while everyone is asleep, and your great aunt used to tell you stories about how her mother used to love that one room in the house that is always a few degrees colder than every other room.

4. Your friends beg you to take them.

You constantly have to hear your friends begging you to take them up to your lake house, and most of the time you do, and it's 100 times more fun being able to show someone around and let them experience the fun that you get to have all summer.

5. You've been able to drive a boat since you were 10.

Yeah, maybe you never officially got your boating license, or maybe you did, but either way you've been driving boats like a pro since you were a kid.

6. Swimming with fish doesn't phase you.

Unless you're me, then you still panic every single time seaweed touches the bottom of your toes.

7. You've probably "showered" in the lake before.

When your parents tell you that they we are leaving in thirty minutes for dinner, and you don't want to get out of the water yet, you just dunk your head under water and scrub some shampoo through your hair, and you're set to go. Come on, don't say you haven't done it.

8. You've gotten your worst sunburn ever there.

You still remember that one time when your mom told you to put on sunscreen, but instead you ran down the pier and hopped on the boat until she couldn't reach you. Somehow the UV rays were the strongest they ever were that day, and you had to walk inside the house that night in red-skinned shame.

9. There's nowhere else that relaxes you as much as your lake house.

Whether it be a stressful week or not, coming to the lake house and sitting on the pier is an instant relaxer. Even just smelling the lake air gives you a calming feeling. There is nothing better than laying out, blasting music while on the boat or swimming around all day.

10. You get super close with your family.

You stay up all night playing games and spend all day boating with your family and nothing makes you more close. Your cousins become your best friends, and your aunts and uncles become second parents. A lake house is the perfect way to bring your family close together.

11. You know all the best spots on the lake.

You know where the best sandbar is and your favorite place to anchor the boat and chill. You even know your favorite houses to look at along the lake and the parts where you can see cool animals, like snapping turtles. You probably know the lake like the back of your hand and you know you could never get lost even if you tried.

12. The townies intrigue you.

The people that live in town are always the absolute nicest group of people. They are always the first to say hello in passing and constantly have smiles on their faces; but who wouldn't when living in such a beautiful place near such beautiful bodies of water? You're always jealous of their lives and wonder what it must be like to be on the lake whenever you want.

13. Water activities are your favorite past time.

Tubing, water skiing, jet skiing, relaxing on a pontoon and even just jumping off you pier are the best times of the summer and have been your favorite activities since you were a kid. Summer can't come soon enough while you imagine long days of being in the water.

14. You have your "summer lake house" foods.

Absolutely nothing beats fresh corn on the cob from Wisconsin, and I look forward to it all year. Everyone has those summer lake house foods that you really only eat while up at the lake and that makes it even more enjoyable.

15. All your favorite memories are spending time at the lake.

There are no better memories than the ones you've made while up at the lake. Spending time and getting close with your family is priceless, learning skills like swimming and sailing are things that you'll keep with you forever, and all the laughs and emotions are ones you'll never forget. You hope that one day you can bring your own kids up to your lake house and give them the experiences that you valued your whole life up at the lake.

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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.
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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.

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 dorm room is now filled with two freshmen 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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Dance Marathon Helped Me Understand What It Is That I Stand For

What do you stand for?

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The weekend of March 1, 2019, I stood for over 20 hours for the kids. Yep, I am not lying.

Dance Marathon at FSU is a 40-hour event split into two shifts of 20 hours. My freshman year, I earned sit times throughout the marathon, which I was incredibly thankful for, but this year was something totally different. I was on the internal team this year, which means, I worked behind the scenes of Dance Marathon since September. Since I was on the internal team, I did not get the opportunity to get the set times that I did the year prior. I was worried about this because I was not sure if I would be able to do it.

Spoiler Alert! I did it.

There were many times during the marathon where I thought that I could not stand much longer, but then some thoughts came into my mind. Who was I standing for? I was standing for the kids who had to get their leg amputated because they had osteosarcoma and could no longer stand on both legs. I was standing for the kids who are bound to their hospital beds right at this very moment because they are not strong enough to walk on their own. I was standing for the children who needed me to help them win their fight.

This is what kept me standing. This motivated me so much that I did not complain once because I knew who I was doing it for, and I was not going to let them down.

There were multiple people who kept complaining. Every word out of their mouth was about how their feet hurt, or how they were so tired. A large part of me wanted to turn to them and tell them, "Do you know how tired Grayson was when he had to have his many rounds of chemotherapy when he was just one-year-old?" I did not say that to them because I realized something. I knew what and who I was standing for, but maybe they didn't. My goal this year is to help all of those people understand WHY they are doing it.

20 hours on your feet may seem like a long time, but to watch $2,210,165.21 go up at the end, nothing compares.

Like the musical group Fun. once sang, "What do I stand? What do I stand for?" To that, I say, "I stand for the kids."


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