Christmas Season At School Does Not Compare To The Christmas Season At School

9 Ways That Celebrating Christmas In College Is Different From Being Home For The Holidays

It's a little sad when traditions change.


As a lover of all things Christmas, I notice the changes in holiday traditions and other tiny aspects of the holiday season. Being in college for a good part of the Christmas season is obviously going to be different, which is unfortunate when those little parts of the season are what make it so great. There are many cool things that come along with being in college during the holidays, such as spending more time with friends than usual. But it's still a bit sad when traditions change. These differences are not the end of the whole, but they do change the holiday feeling just a little bit.

1. You 're not with your family for a good part of it. 


Coming from a family that has a TON of family-based holiday traditions, it's definitely weird not being home for some of them. For example, the weekend after Thanksgiving, my dad would play Christmas music really loud to wake the whole family up. While sometimes it does interfere with my sleep, it's always a nice introduction into the fuzzy feeling of the holiday season.

2. When it's freezing outside, you still have to DO STUFF instead of wrapping yourself in blankets and watching a movie. 


This is the WORST! I for one despise the cold and want nothing to do with it, which is funny considering I'm from the Northeast. However, when I go home, at least I can relax and cuddle up in blankets when it's freezing outside. At school, especially during finals season, there's so much to do, and you have to walk in the frigid air to get there! Not a fan.

3. Speaking of the cold, it's absolutely frigid outside, yet there's no snow.  Thanks, North Carolina


Seriously, what is with the lack of snow? I understand that it doesn't snow as often down here, but if the temperature is already below freezing, why not just throw some flurries in there? No wonder it doesn't feel like Christmas season yet.

4. "Holiday season" doesn't sound as exciting when it directly overlaps with "FINALS season"


It's really not fair that finals happen around this time too. This further limits the ability to actually enjoy the holiday season because everyone is too stressed out about the upcoming papers and projects and tests they have to take. It's a crime against nature.

5. It doesn't smell like Christmas anywhere!


Another thing about the South... where are the pine trees? Pine trees are what make the air smell so fantastic when it gets cold out, and it makes me excited for the upcoming holidays. Without them, it just smells like nothingness.

6. Freeform's 25 Days of Christmas aren't a priority anymore


Remember the good old days when you would finish your dinner and the entire family would watch a Christmas movie together. Yeah, that doesn't happen in college. You can't even do it by yourself with all of the homework you have to get done.

7. Gift exchanges aren't as popular because everyone is on a college student's budget


The holidays are also expensive! Everything costs money. My friends in college love each other very much but we're living on college student budgets, meaning that we can't buy presents for everyone. It's the thought that counts though.

8. "Christmas parties" have a different meaning


A Christmas party in college is way different than a Christmas party at home. Christmas party at home means dressing up fancy, decorating the house extravagantly. and serving hors d'oeuvres to the guests. In college, "Christmas party" means wearing a red crop-top to go out to a frat party where they're playing rap remixes to the best holiday classics. It's still quite an experience, just very different from home.

9. There's not as much time for all of the fun holiday traditions, like decorating your room or baking cookies. 


Again with finals limiting the time for fun holiday activities. Instead of making those fun store-bought holiday sugar cookies and decorating a tiny tree for the living room, I have to study. Not fun.

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To The Defeated Nursing Major, You'll Rise

You'll rise because every single day that you slip on your navy blue scrubs and fling your pretty little stethoscope around your neck, the little girl that you once were with the dream of saving lives someday will be silently nudging you to keep going.

You will have weeks when you are defeated. Some mornings you won't be able to get out of bed and some days you won't be able to stop crying enough to go to class. You'll feel like nobody understands the stress that you are under, and you have absolutely nobody to talk to because they either don't get it or are dealing with their own meltdowns. There will be weeks that you want to change your major and give up on the whole thing. But, you'll rise.
You will miss football games, concerts, and nights out with the girls. There will be stretches of two or more weeks you'll go without seeing your mom, and months where you have to cancel on your best friend 4+ times because you have too much studying to do. There will be times where no amount of "I'm sorry" can make it up to your little brother when you miss his big football game or your grandparents when you haven't seen them in months. But, you'll rise.

You will have patients who tell you how little they respect nurses and that you won't be able to please no matter how hard you try. You will have professors who seem like their goal is to break you, especially on your bad days. You will encounter doctors who make you feel like the most insignificant person on the planet. You will leave class some days, put your head against your steering wheel and cry until it seems like there's nothing left to cry out. But, you'll rise.

You will fail tests that you studied so hard for, and you will wing some tests because you worked too late the night before. You will watch some of the smartest people you've ever known fail out because they simply aren't good test-takers. You will watch helplessly as your best friend falls apart because of a bad test grade and know that there is absolutely nothing you can do for her. There will be weeks that you just can't crack a smile no matter how hard you try. But, you'll rise.

You'll rise because you have to — because you've spent entirely too much money and effort to give up that easily. You'll rise because you don't want to let your family down. You'll rise because you're too far in to stop now. You'll rise because the only other option is failing, and we all know that nurses do not give up.

You'll rise because you remember how badly you wanted this, just three years ago as you were graduating high school, with your whole world ahead of you. You'll rise because you know there are people that would do anything to be in your position.

You'll rise because you'll have one patient during your darkest week that'll change everything — that'll hug you and remind you exactly why you're doing this, why this is the only thing you can picture yourself doing for the rest of your life.

You'll rise because every single day that you slip on your navy blue scrubs and fling your pretty little stethoscope around your neck, the little girl that you once were with the dream of saving lives someday will be silently nudging you to keep going.

You'll rise because you have compassion, you are selfless, and you are strong. You'll rise because even during the darkest weeks, you have the constant reminder that you will be changing the world someday.

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I'm Keeping My Christmas Tree Up All Winter And There's Nothing You Can Do About It

It's the WINTER Season... ;-)


I think that my tree would not be considered Christmas-y if the ornaments are taken off and the lights are kept on. I think to just looks wintry. I am also keeping up decorations that say "let it snow", and I am keeping up any snowman without holly berries or presents in their hands.

The tree looks wintry in my opinion. It looks pretty with the lights and brings the room together. It gives off a warm ambiance, unlike that of fluorescent lighting.

I've taken all ornaments off except for gold snowflakes and I've left the silver tinsel garland on as well as the lights. It looks wintry to me still. I will probably be taking the whole tree down by the end of this month to prepare for Valentine's Day decorating. (Yes, I pretty much decorate my apartment for every holiday—sue me).

There's nothing like coming downstairs and seeing those lights sparkling.

Or coming inside from a dreary, rainy day outside and seeing them light up the room in a calm, warm, and comforting glow.

Or having a bad day, looking up, and seeing them shine.

It sort of makes me upset when I come downstairs and see that someone has unplugged them, to be honest.

I guess they don't see it as I do.

Pretty, twinkling lights forever!

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