7 Thoughts Every College Student Has When Going Home For Thanksgiving

7 Thoughts Every College Student Has When Going Home For Thanksgiving

"Was my house always this cozy?"
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Whether you're already at home or have to travel a great distance to visit your family, here are 7 thoughts every college student has when going home for Thanksgiving.

1. When you visit your high school and see all the OG best friends.


"OH MY GOD, I MISSED YOU GUYS SO MUCH. How have I survived an entire semester without you all?!"

2. When you drop by all of your old favorite places in town.

"I missed going to this grocery store. And getting coffee from my usual Starbucks. Wait—what happened to that nail salon? And when did they start construction on that road?!"

3. When it all washes over you at once:


"Wow. So life really has kept moving on, huh?"

4. When you settle in—fireplace burning, coffee brewing, and Gilmore Girls playing in the background.

"Was my house always this cozy????"

5. When that dreaded moment of Thanksgiving dinner comes.

"Yes, classes are going well! Yes, I am not-at-all freaking out about making these monumental life decisions! Yes, I totally expect to have a financially stable job after graduation! Yes, totally."

6. When you finally get to unwind.

"God, I love my bed. I could stay here forever. Finals, who?!"

7. When you fully take in your surroundings and realize how blessed you are.

"I have it good. I have it so good."

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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A Dozen Beach Essentials For The Girl Who's Ready For A 10/10 Summer

A beach trip is never complete without these.

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Summer is the best time to go to the beach. With the sun, the sand and the water, there is no better place to be. Here are some things that I never leave the house without when I'm headed to the beach.

1. Bathing Suit

Pretty much a given, but sometimes people just wear shorts and T-shirts. I always prefer a cute bathing suit just in case I decide to go swimming.

2. Cover-Up

It's not really comfortable to be walking around in a wet bathing suit all day, so it's always good to have something to wear on top of it. Anything works, even if it's just a big t-shirt.

3. Floppy Hat

Not everyone finds these very fashionable, but I think they're both cute and practical. If you wear one, your skin will thank you!

4. Giant Beach Bag

You're going to need something to hold all your essentials!

5. All types of SPF

Sunburns and Melanoma can happen to anyone, so it's important to always take precautions. That means always having the right kinds of sunscreen, and it doesn't hurt to have some aloe gel too, just in case.

6. Sunglasses

Your eyes need sun protection, just like your skin. Some stylish sunnies will do the trick.

7. Beach Towel

A good beach towel will double as both something to sit/lay on and something to dry yourself with when you're out of the ocean.

8. Beach Umbrella

Unless you want to burn to a crisp in the sun, you'll want one of these over wherever you decide to sit on the beach.

9. Water Bottles

When you're out in the sun all day, getting dehydrated is pretty much inevitable. The best and easiest way to avoid this problem is to simply just stock up on water.

10. Flip Flops

Obviously, you're going to need some type of shoes. Flip-flops are great because not only are they easy to walk on sand in, but they are also easy to put on and take off.

11. A Good Book

In my opinion, there's no better place to read my favorite book than on a relaxing beach.

12. Mini Speakers

Because why not? If you can share your music choices with everyone else, there's no good reason not to.

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