7 ways my mom made life easy before college

7 ways my mom made life easy before college

All the tasks my mom helped me with that I didn't appreciate until I left for college
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One of the hardest parts about leaving for college is leaving all the things you grew to love behind, whether it be your best friends from high school, your bed, or your family. The biggest shift is having to do a lot of things you realized were taken care of for you by yourself, like sorting lights from darks or telling yourself that eating another tub of Ben & Jerry’s is a bad idea. Here are 7 jobs your mom had in your life that you probably didn’t appreciate till you had to do them on your own in college.

Secretary

Calling a doctor’s office...awkward. Scheduling appointments...hectic. Making sure you actually schedule all your check ups, dentist visits, eyebrow and hair appointments is enough to make you miss your mom--even just a little. It’s not something you think about every day, and let’s face it, a lot of us didn’t have to.

Therapist

When you had a really not so great day and you come back to your dorm and throw your backpack on the table in frustration and realize you can’t bash your professor without a filter to your mom, it definitely makes you stop for a minute. Even when our mom’s annoyingly asked us how school was when we were in no mood to talk, it was nice to have the option. Some of us lucky enough to have great roommates can get away with a little vent sesh, but if they have the same professor, steer clear, not everyone is as understanding as a mom.

Nutritionist and Chef

At college, not only do you have more options and accessibility to food, you don’t have anybody suggesting you don’t eat the unhealthy foods! With mom around, eating healthy also seemed like something you had to do and made feeding yourself a priority. It really makes you miss the days you could grab a granola bar from a stocked pantry. You could always count on your mom to tell you that last cookie could lead to your favorite jeans getting too tight.

Nurse

There's no way around it--getting sick in college sucks. For some reason, getting sick in college feels like you’re getting sick for a month at a time. You feel disgusting, gross, and like a walking talking cess pool. Sick days and decent soup are a thing of a past, and no one's helping you with your medicine doses. The people at the campus hospital are nice, but they are nowhere near as helpful as a mom.

Alarm Clock

An apology in advance to my professors for all the missed 8 A.M.s. Sometimes phones don't charge or alarms don’t go off and waking up doesn’t go as planned. It was good to know someone was there to nag you out of bed if you didn’t get up in high school.

Housekeeper

Dorms are gross. There’s a lot of work to do to keep them clean, from sheets to surfaces to sinks. Sometimes even a Clorox wipe can’t handle it, but thankfully a phone call to mom can solve some of those situations. (Even though it's still not as great as having her there to help with those sticky situations).

Friend

Between decision day and move in day, your mom dropped some survival hints for the next few chapter in your life--college. Whether it was advice about how to handle boys, or suggestions about what not to wear when going out, it’s hard not having someone who completely has your back in college.


So for all of you who haven’t headed off to college yet, enjoy those precious perks. For those of you who have left home, send your mom a shout out for pulling your weight all these years. After all, it really isn’t easy.
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6 Things I Didn't Really Need in My Freshman Dorm, And 6 Things I Wish I Brought Instead

I promise you, being Pinterest-worthy just doesn't make sense in a dorm.
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As I packed up my dorm room and unpacked it all once I got home, I kinda felt stupid. I moved in with 2 cars full of stuff (yes, I know how extra that sounds and yes, it was indeed that extra) and I didn't end up needing half of it. Now, I'm swimming in stuff I need to get rid of while holding on to the stuff I didn't realize I would need and ended up buying mid-year. No matter how much you think you know everything, first-time dorm residents, please listen.

6 things I DIDN'T need but swore I did

1. All my personal books

I mean, I'm an English major and I love to read, but no one, and I mean no one, A) has free time and B) uses that free time to read in college.

2. Keurig

There's a coffee shop I can use my cafe credits at on my way to class. I never woke up early enough to brew my own coffee, and I never craved it bad enough in the afternoon to feel like I needed to make my own immediately. It was nice to make tea with though.

3. Dishes and Silverware/Excessive Mugs

All you need is 1 mug and a couple of water bottles. I promise you paper plates and plastic silverware are all you need.

4. An overabundance of office supplies

I didn't use all those fancy office supplies in high school, so as much as I love them, I have yet to reach for them in college.

5. T.V.

The T.V. I had was only slightly bigger than my laptop screen and the wifi at my dorm wasn't good enough for streaming. I hardly used it, but I know others used theirs a lot. Just a personal preference!

6. Tons of wall art

I totally believe wall art has the power to make a dorm room feel less institutional, but I wish I had brought more pictures from home to make my room personal. Pinterest dorm rooms just aren't real, and they aren't what you want when you're homesick.

6 things I wish I had bought before school started

1. ID Lanyard

I personally love these ones from Vera Bradley , but honestly, any way you can carry your ID, money, and keys all in one is a life changer.

2. Earplugs/Eye Mask

Dorms are loud even during quiet hours and sometimes your roommate stays up later or gets up earlier than you do. Amazon couldn't ship these to me fast enough.

3. Wireless Headphones/Earbuds

Personally, I'm an earbuds girl, but either one does the trick. It's nice to not have to deal with cords and to be able to connect to any of your devices without an adapter.

4. Laptop Shell/Stickers

Almost everyone ends up ordering stickers to put on their laptop to express themselves to those around them. On a practical level though, you're probably going to have the same laptop as 5+ other students in your lecture and you will probably throw your laptop in a bag and run at some point. A shell and some stickers will provide more protection than you realize. Check out http://www.redbubble.com for some great options.

5. Small vacuum

This is especially important if you get a rug. Sweeping is not pleasant, and the vacuums at your dorm are probably older than you are.

6. Pictures from home

Like I said before, wall art isn't going to comfort you when you want to go home. A picture of your dog or best friend sure will though.


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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.

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If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become.

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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