The 7 Best Things About Being Home

The 7 Best Things About Being Home

And why college students appreciate them.

Coming home for the holidays is such a great feeling. After a stressful semester and then a long finals week, there really is nothing better. If you're like me, there are some things that you really do miss while being away at school. Here are 7 of the best things about being home for the holiday season.

1. Home cooked meals

Let's be honest-- dining food isn't always terrible, and you're own cooking isn't completely awful, but there is just something great about having a home cooked meal. Especially when that home cooked meal is cooked by mom and you don't have to do anything to prepare for it.

2. A stocked fridge

Another perk to being home is not having to buy your own food. Instead of having the few things you can afford in your tiny dorm refrigerator, you have a huge amount of food options right at your fingertips every time you walk into the kitchen.

3. A comfy bed

Dorm beds aren't too terrible, at least if you have a mattress pad. It is nice, however, to be back in your large, cozy bed where you can cuddle up under all of your blankets right at home.

4. Not sharing a room

For some, even at home this may not be a luxury. However, if you do have your own room at home, not sleeping 6 feet away from someone every night is comforting. And it provides you with time to recover from any of the illnesses you may be sharing with your roommate as your breathe the same air every single night.

5. Better Wi-Fi

The wi-fi at school is generally awful. With so many students connecting so many various devices at the same time, you feel lucky to get Snapchat stories to load quickly. However, at home, you don't have as many people to share the wi-fi with. This means faster download time and more Netflix for you!

6. Seeing all of your friends

This is one of my favorite parts about coming home. Instead of being states away and having to communicate through group messaging, Snapchat, and FaceTime, you are in the same area as all of your friends again. It's great to be able to go out late one night and spend hours at somebody's house just catching up on all that has been going on in your crazy college lives.

7. Spending time with family

Most importantly, being home means spending time with family. The people who helped get you to where you are today should not be forgotten about when you return home for a short holiday break. Being able to attend younger sibling's concerts and sporting events is one of the best parts of being home, and having time to watch TV with dad and bake cookies with mom is always a plus too. While there are many perks to coming home for the holidays, this one will always be the most important to me.

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A Letter To The Grandpas Who Left Far Too Soon

The thoughts of a girl who lost both of her grandpas too early.

Dear Grandpa,

As I get older, my memories are starting to fade. I try to cling to every last bit of memory that I have of you. There are certain memories that have stuck well in my brain, and I probably will never forget them, at least I hope I don't. I remember your smile and your laugh. I can still remember how your voice sounded. I never want to forget that. I catch myself closing my eyes to try to remember it, playing your voice over and over in my head so that I can ingrain it in my memory.

I always thought you were invincible, incapable of leaving me. You were so young, and it caught us all by surprise. You were supposed to grow old, die of old age. You were not supposed to be taken away so soon. You were supposed to see me graduate high school and college, get married to the love my life, be there when my kids are born, and never ever leave.

My heart was broken when I heard the news. I don't think I had experienced a pain to that level in my entire life. At first, I was in denial, numb to the thought that you were gone. It wasn't until Thanksgiving, then Christmas, that I realized you weren't coming back. Holidays are not the same anymore. In fact, I almost dread them. They don't have that happy cheer in the air like they did when you were alive. There is a sadness that hangs in the air because we are all thinking silently how we wished you were there. I hope when I am older and have kids that some of that holiday spirit comes back.

You know what broke my heart the most though? It was seeing your child, my parent, cry uncontrollably. I watched them lose their dad, and I saw the pain that it caused. It scared me, Grandpa, because I don't ever want to lose them like how they lost you. I can't imagine a day without my mom or dad. I still see the pain that it causes and how it doesn't go away. There are good days and there are bad days. I always get upset when I see how close people are to their grandparents and that they get to see them all the time. I hope they realize how lucky they are and that they never take it for granted. I wish I could have seen you more so that I could have more memories to remember you by.

I know though that you are watching over me. That is where I find comfort in the loss. I know that one day I will get to see you again, and I can't wait for it. I hope I have made you proud. I hope that all that I have accomplished and will accomplish makes you smile from ear to ear. I hope that the person I marry is someone you would approve of. And I hope that my kids get more time with their grandpa than I did because the amount I got wasn't fair.

I want to say thank you for raising your child to be the best parent ever because they will one day be the best grandparent ever. Just like you.

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Cheap And Fun Summer Activities For Bored College Students

Both you and your bank account can be happy this summer.

School is out and summer is in. Which may mean lots of fun with friends, work, and some times when you're bored out of your mind. A month into summer, doing the same thing everyday gets boring, but activities cost money, which a lot of college students don't have, so here are cheap activities for summertime.

6. DIY drinks

Drinks at bars are SO expensive. After a few drinks you can really rack up a high tab. However, with a trip to the grocery store and a few recipes, you're in for a fun and boozy night. There are endless possibilities for what you and your friends can create. The day gets even better when there is a pool or bonfire to lounge next to.

5. Picnics

Going out to eat is fun, but it adds up. After food, drink, and tip, going out to eat can easily rack up to $15 or more. Grabbing a couple of friends and doing a picnic is fun, easy, and cheap. You can each buy a few things from the store or make use of what is in your pantry at home (thank you parents for free food) and save lots of $$$.

4. Go to a public beach

Gas and parking is what will make a beach day super expensive. Without unnecessary costs of drinks and food, a beach day is super fun and cheap. Split costs with a couple of friends and your day can easily cost under $10 each.

3. Rent an Airbnb

Who doesn't love a weekend trip? Other than our bank accounts. Renting an airbnb on a small and secluded lake is the perfect way to spend a relaxing summer weekend. Many places can accommodate quite a few people so splitting the cost of gas, airbnb, and food makes this trip way cheaper than paying for airfare and a hotel.

2. Bonfire

A bonfire is a perfect way to spend a summer night. Grab a group of friends, a backyard, and a fire pit and you're set to go. S'mores essentials are usually on sale during summer which makes for a cheap and fun night for everyone.

1. Movie Night

A movie night is the perfect way to catch up with friends that you haven't seen in a while. Some wine, chocolate, snacks, and comfy pjs are all you need for a fun night.

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