My professor said, "Have a nice spring break!" and let us go 10 minutes early on Friday. I sprinted out of the classroom and ran to my dorm building as fast as I could before he had time to change his mind.
Spring break is here, and unlike most of my friends who are eagerly awaiting their flights to cool, far off places (like Canada, where Donald Trump is strictly a meme) or Cancun, I will be driving to Revere, Massachusetts—approximately 18 minutes from where I go to school—and while my spring break will not look like this:
I'm still excited to do some totally normal things back home. Here's a list of really-not-interesting and totally-lame things that I'll be doing over spring break:
1. Driving your car because you're sick of public transportation.
2. Sitting in traffic that involves cars and not other Green line trains.
3. Watching your mom yell at pedestrians as they run across the street when there isn't a walk signal, all the while knowing that you are normally one of those pedestrians.
4. Listening to new songs on the radio after you've replayed the same Spotify playlist all semester.
5. Pulling into your driveway, walking into your house and not having to tap your ID anywhere.
6. Getting greeted by your dogs.
10. Going to the refrigerator and realizing that actual food that is edible still exists in the world.
11. Realizing there's nothing in the refrigerator that entices you, and starting to miss being able to walk down a flight of stairs to a semi-stocked convenience store with mozzarella sticks and ice cream.
12. Getting excited to take a shower because you don't have to wear shower shoes or be surrounded by other people.
13. Getting disappointed when you get in the shower, and you run out of hot water.
14. Wishing your shower at home was nearly half as good as the showers at school.
15. Sitting on your bed in a towel and not worrying about roommates/friends/enemies that might walk into your room unannounced.
16. Realizing you miss those roommates/friends/enemies that walk into your room unannounced.
17. Starting to miss public transportation—even the green line—when you realize you can't get anywhere without a car.
18. Family dinners where everyone sits down and talks about their days.
19. Realizing your day was really boring because none of your other friends have the same spring break as you, so you sit at home and eat/binge watch Netflix all day.
20. Laughing at your goals of eating healthy and going to the gym every day.
22. Not actually finishing any of those books.
23. Living vicariously through those friends that went to cool places during spring break on Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
24. Realizing that your spring break is actually more like winter break: part 2, because it's still snowing, and it's so cold outside that you need a parka, a scarf, three hats and a blanket to keep you warm.
25. Having the freedom to run up and down your hallway without an RA scolding you.
26. Getting scolded by your mom after you run up and down the hallway.
27. Having a midnight curfew after getting used to trips to 7/11 at 3 a.m.
28. Starting to miss having roommates to complain to about anything and everything.
29. Starting all that homework you were assigned.
30. Complaining about all that homework you were assigned.
31. Never actually finishing all that homework you were assigned.
32. Realizing all those day trips that you planned aren't actually going to happen, and you're OK with that because more Netflix is always a good thing.
33. Starting and finishing 43 shows on Netflix.
34. Giving Hulu a shot because why not, and then realizing your mistake and going back to Netflix.
35. Patiently awaiting moving back in to school so you can tell your friends what a great break you had but actually internally crying a little bit because they went to places like London or Peru or Canada and you didn't.
Here's to a great spring break!