20 Reasons Why Being Home For Thanksgiving Is The Best

20 Reasons Why Being Home For Thanksgiving Is The Best

You know you're dying to be back home already.

Thanksgiving Break: AKA the time that we’ve all been waiting for eagerly for the past few weeks. There are so many different reasons why being home for Thanksgiving break is the best; here are 20.

1. The food

Oh how I'm looking forward to getting away from the crappy slices of Kanbar pizza and 75 cent boxes of pasta and being able to eat real food again. Remember when we used to complain about our parents' cooking? Now we cherish it, every home-cooked meal feels like a gift. And we all know Thanksgiving dinner is a feast in itself.

2. Seeing your pets again

I have two fat cats and the two cutest pups waiting for me at home and I can’t wait to be reunited with them again. Instead of eagerly pointing out every dog I see around campus, I’m looking forward to snuggling up with my little fur babies.

3. Having your parents pay for you

As broke college students, even a $10 decision seems like kind of a big deal. And hey when you have $20 in your checking account and are eating not much more than 75 cent boxes of pasta, every dollar can seem like a hundred. Having your parents pay for necessities such as food and toiletries again will be a blessing.

4. Catching up with your friends from your hometown

And hear about everything that they've been up to.

5. Seeing your siblings

As much as we all may not want to admit it, we all do miss our siblings and look forward to seeing them again. Even if we act like we’re constantly annoyed with them.

6. The food

I know I mentioned this one earlier but it's important enough that I think it needs to be mentioned again.

7. Not having to stress about school

No rushing to class because you overslept or fretting about exams!

8. Being able to sleep in

Goodbye, alarm clock.

9. Sleeping in your bed again

My uncomfortable, tiny bed in my on-campus townhouse is one of the things that I’m looking forward to getting away from over break the most. Stretching out in my cozy bed at home will be absolute heaven.

10. Did I mention the food?

Thanksgiving feasts, meals out, having a seemingly endless pantry stocked by your mom! Please tell me who isn’t looking forward to this more than anything.

11. Being able to drive places again

If you’re like me and you don’t have a car at school, being back at home and being able to drive again feels like complete freedom. And hey, no more $20 Uber rides all the time.

12. Having a break from the people at your school

Even if you love everyone at your school, it can be nice to get away and have a little break for a bit. You’ll be able to recenter and go back to school refreshed and re-energized to finish the semester.

13. Seeing your family

The only people you can be a total grouch around and they’ll still love you anyways.

14. Celebrating the beginning of the holiday season

My boyfriend and I are getting a Christmas tree together this year and I couldn’t be more excited. One of the best things about the holidays is decorating for them.

15. Black Friday (or Cyber Monday if you’re like me.)

Who is ready to get their shop on?

16. Family holiday traditions

Time to break out the chocolate-filled advent calendar.

17. The sweet treats

Calories don't count over Thanksgiving break, right?

18. Sharing a bathroom with way less people

Who really wants to wait to go to the bathroom when they first wake up because someone else is showering in the bathroom?

19. Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

You know we all have our favorite floats.

20. Being home is just wonderful

After all- there's no place like home.

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I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.


One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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Doing Nothing All Summer Is Okay Too

It's okay to have no plans this summer.


Summer seems to roll around faster and faster every year and the question that's always asked is"what are you doing this summer?" Some people love to answer this question, maybe they have a trip planned to backpack across Europe or have a 2-week vacation in the Bahamas. My point is, everyone seems to have these big summer plans. Some people spend the whole summer traveling and are never even home, but there are always gonna be some people who, like me, have absolutely no plans this summer.

Do I wish I was traveling across Europe or spending a few weeks in the Bahamas? Sure. But in reality, my summer plans include working 5 or 6 days a week. I'm not ashamed of this and I wouldn't say I'm jealous of those traveling because I'm still determined to make the best of my summer.

There is so much pressure everywhere on Instagram and Snapchat to post all the fun things you're doing and to capture the moment. This creates the pressure that you always have to be doing something fun or spontaneous.

Summer should be whatever you want it to be. If you want to spend every day at the beach, do it. If you want to spend every day in bed or at home, that's good too. We all have different definitions of fun.

Summer has just started and everyone should make the most of their summer in their own way. My friends and I always make a bucket list of all the things we want to do by the end of the summer. None of it involves traveling or much planning, it's just little things we can do when we get bored.

Don't feel jealous when you see other people traveling this summer. Make your own fun plans, make a bucket list, and make the most of every day this summer.

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