Everything We Miss About College During The Summer

Everything We Miss About College During The Summer

Only having one closet to choose from.
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It's bittersweet when another year of college comes to an end because it means it's summertime and the living is easy, but it also means pressing pause on some of the best times of your life. Here are a few things we all miss when we're home for the summer.

1. Our friends, obviously.

In college, your friends become your family and you spend every day with them. But then summer rolls around and it feels like a piece of you is missing when they live across the country and you can't see them whenever you want.

2. Late night food runs.

For some reason I never started craving food late at night until I was in college and burritos at 1 am were literally across the street. But at home, the only thing across the street is my neighbors & they definitely won't appreciate my 1 am burrito run.

3. Having multiple closets to choose from.

You never have to worry about wearing the same outfit twice at school because your roommates and friends are always willing to share their clothes. I mean, one closet full of clothes is more than enough, but the luxury of knowing your outfit possibilities are endless is even better.

4. Complete freedom.

The freedom to come and go as you please, be spontaneous and make your own rules.

5. Nap time.

Admit it, we nap when we're toddlers and then pick up our old habit as soon as we get to college. There's no one at school to keep you from your nap or make you feel bad about it because the likelihood is, they're napping too.

6. Always having plans on a Friday night.

You never have to worry your Friday nights will result in you eating an entire pizza alone in bed while watching Netflix unless you want it that way. Otherwise, there will always be a social event for you to go to or friends to hang out with.

7. Being independent.

Our parents are great at letting us be independent when we're home, but there's something so satisfying about having the opportunity to do things for yourself and being entirely responsible for your decisions.

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Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

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I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

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What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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