The 5 Best Parts About Coming Home

The 5 Best Parts About Coming Home

Everyone needs some TLC.

Let's be honest. School is exhausting. After a week full of tests, going out, studying, etc everyone needs a little break. The best part of coming home is the comfort and normalcy that it provides. School is always changing with new people and clubs and courses, but home will always be a safe place to come back to. Here are my favorite parts about being home.

1. Family


2. Friends

You finally get to reunite with your favorite people and not over the phone.

3. Food

Homemade is always better.

4. Sleep

Never get enough sleep at school, but get extra when you're home.

5. Relaxation!

Take a second to just breathe. You for sure need it!

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An Open Letter To My Former Friend

It's not because we drifted.

My Dear "Friend,"

You always told me I was head-strong and immature. You should be pleased to know I refer to you as my "former friend" and not my "ex-friend." I suppose there has been some growth!

Although, I will never not pretend to forget your name when I see you at Dunkin Donuts. I still think about you.

Two years have passed, and I'm no longer angry. I don't want an apology from you. In fact, I don't want anything from you. I'm writing this to tell you what I want for you.

For you, I want to see you live up to your fullest potential. I want to see you graduate with honors, smile in your graduation pictures as though you have never felt insecure before. I hope you apply for your dream job, go to that interview with nothing but self-confidence and an extensive resume.

Aside from your academic success, I want for you to feel a sense of belonging. I hope you find the people that make you happy. I want you to marry a man in the military like you have always dreamed, have that extravagant wedding, and surround yourself with blessings and good omen.

Here comes the part that you may not like, but you have always commended me for keeping it "real". I want for you to grow a back-bone, and I mean this in the kindest of ways. I hope you find your peace of mind, and that piece of your mind that was missing when you decided to be such a follower.

I want for you to be so comfortable in your own skin that you don't have to rely on your best friend's approval. I hope that one day you will have the strength to type your own text messages, but more importantly, be able to say them aloud.

Although we may never speak again and you will never read this, I wish you the best in everything you do. Just know that I'll think of you whenever I say the words, "May I speak to a manager?" or write a ridiculous yelp review.

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To The Pals I've Made In My First 9 Months Of College, I'd Be At 6s And 7s Without You

I don't know where I would be without any of the wonderful people I have met in college.

When I first stepped foot onto my college campus I was terrified. I was scared of the classes, the professors, the unknown in general, but most importantly I was scared that I wasn’t going to make any friends. I was excited to get to meet people who were into the same things that I am and meet friends who had the same passions that I do.

What I got wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, but it is so much more than I could ever ask for. So to those friends who just happened to pick the same university as me, this one is for you.

It’s only been 9 months since we all entered each other’s lives. Can you believe it? It feels like we’ve spent a lifetime together. We’ve laughed and cried and every one of those moments has been cherished.

Each one of us has our own story and while some parts are easier to tell than others we have all been able to find that trust in one another to let ourselves be vulnerable and to let each other get to know who we really are. We have gone on adventures that required road trips 3 hours long and we have sat in each other’s living rooms playing video games or cards. All of it has been a blast.

I didn’t expect to find friends like this when I came to college. I had friends at home who I had known forever and I expected the ones I met here to be just a phase that would hold me over until the school year ended and I was back in my hometown. Man, was I wrong!

Each one of the souls I have met and become friends with has touched my life in a different way and from the moment that I first encountered every one of you I knew that you were something special.

I am honored to get to say that I have found a family in college. A family that supports me and accepts me for who I am, that protects me from others and from myself. I have found a family that I will miss dearly when

I’m away and I cannot wait to get to catch up in the fall. We’re all about to go our separate ways and take on new adventures for a few months, but don’t worry. We’ll be back soon enough and the adventures will pick up where we left off. So thank you, for being nothing like I expected, but exactly what I wanted.

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