Christmas Isn't Quite The Same As A College Student

Christmas Isn't Quite The Same As A College Student

It gets a little harder each year to get in the Christmas cheer.


As finals draw near, my feelings of holiday cheer truly disappear. I know it seems sad, but I know a lot of college students who are feeling the exact same way this year.

Christmas obviously changes for everyone as we get older, but especially when you reach college age. You are not home for the month of December until just a week or two before Christmas. It feels like it approaches you, quickly, suddenly, and then you are scrambling to get everything together for the holiday.

I am especially feeling that this year. Between 5 papers, 5 finals, and clubs and everything in between, my schedule has not put me in the best place to incorporate holiday cheer. With a week left of school, I put my Christmas decorations out in an attempt to feel some sort of holiday cheer.

Yet, it still has been hard. For some reason it is harder to not think about college and schoolwork, and have holiday cheer. I have a lot of friends who have been feeling the same way this year in particular, and I wonder why that is. It could be that the holidays have just crept up on us all so fast, and finals have too.

I have been trying to think about Christmas as a kid lately. I remember Christmas Eve and how it used to be so magical. I would wish for snow and set out cookies and milk for Santa, and carrots for the reindeer of course. I would sit by the tree with my dog and listen to Christmas carols on our old CD player, and wait for my mom to tell me it was time to go to bed. And the next morning, the living room would be filled with presents, tree lit, and the milk and cookies gone. Even the carrots too. It was the best feeling ever, a feeling I yearn for sometimes.

I still love Christmas, and it is not like I do not enjoy it anymore. It is just a different feeling. It is more of a reflection every year, between school work and everything else. I reflect on those Christmases that once were so magical, that would make me so excited as the holiday approached. I try to hold onto those memories so I can reflect on them each year, so I do not feel as much as a Christmas blues.

But I will try to power through this year, and I know I am not the only one feeling this way, which makes it a little better. I will hang my Christmas decorations and play some holiday songs, and try not to worry too much about my assignments. Of course I will worry a bit and get frustrated, but it is important to remember that the holidays are a time to reflect, and sometimes that is not such a bad thing. I hope if you are feeling this way too, you find a little holiday cheer somewhere. I will try to find mine, and relive the Christmases I once loved.

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You May Have Worn The Prom Dress With Him, But I Get To Wear The Wedding Dress

You had him in high school, but I get him for the rest of my life.

High school seems like the best time of your life when you are in it. You think that all of your friends will be with you until the end, and that you will end up with whoever you are dating your senior year. For very few, that might just be the case. For all others, that is far from true.

You thought that you would marry your boyfriend and you thought that everything would work out how you had always imagined. I don't blame you though. He's great. You wanted everything with him, but you were just not right for him.

I wish I could say that I am sorry it didn't work out for you, but I can't. I can't because he is mine now, and I get to cherish him forever. You didn't do that right, and you were not meant to be together. You will find someone too, but I am happy that you were not the one for him.

Sometimes I have issues with jealousy, and I hate that you got all of the high school stuff with him. You got to go to games and support him. It kills me that I couldn't be there for him because I know I would have actually been there wholeheartedly. I would have done it out of love, not as a popularity appearance.

I hate that you got to go to all of the school dances with him. He got to see you all dressed up and probably told you how great you looked. I'm sure you did look great. Prom dresses were always fun to pick out and so colorful. It was exciting to match colors with your date. I am sure you had fun choosing his matching tux to your dress.

I find myself getting jealous, but then I stop. I am getting to match his tux with our wedding colors. I got to go dress shopping in a sea of white, and he doesn't get to know one detail about that dress yet. He will get to see me walk down the aisle and then every day forever. I get to love him forever.

I try to not get jealous of all of the things you got with him because it is all in the past. You had your time, and now I get the wedding. You got to dress up in high school, but I get to dress up for my wedding with him. He may have put a corsage on your wrist, but he will be putting the wedding ring on my finger.

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I Expected It To Have It All Together By 22 And I'm Still Far From That

What we expected and what reality actually is, are two completely different things...


Oh our 20s, how we expected them to be so different. We expected to graduate college at 22, have a career by 23, be engaged by 24, married with a house by 25, kids by 26-28, vacationing with the family by 30, and retired by 60. We expected college to be parties and cute boys/girls. Instead, we got late nights of studying and crying after a job that barely pays for our car, food, dorm, and textbooks. We get no social life and if we do our grades suffer for it.

Our 20s were expected to be all fun but all we got were struggles and stress. I mean I don't know about you but I expected, to have it all together and I'm nearly 23 and far from it. I had all the scholarships and great grades, and I still don't have any type of degree.

Reality hits after 18. Most of us don't have the help of mom and dad anymore. We have to find our way and make a path for ourselves. Sometimes our dreams and goals have to be put on hold for that. The 20s isn't fun. It's about discovering who you are, who you want to be, and where you want to go. Some of us serve our country, some become incarcerated, some of us parents, some teachers, others cops, others travel or study abroad, some dead, some ill, other managers, others homeless, some still living home, and some even addicts.

The weird thing about your 20s is everyone is doing something different, but yet everyone is confused and comparing themselves to others. People feel if they're not doing what others are doing, in their age group then they have failed themselves. What people forget is that with life comes obstacles and sacrifice and everyone's life and situations are different. You are where you need to be right now, for you, and I think that's something to remember in your 20s.

Another thing about your 20's is you're free to think for yourself now. No more having to follow a religion you dislike or hold back from things you love. The world is literally yours to discover and learn from. Possibilities are endless! I think your 20's are the years you create yourself to the best version of you and build the foundation for your future. Just remember, we all build at our own pace.


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