With the first semester of my junior year in college coming to a close, I've realized a few things. The main realization is to never leave long papers until the last minute; it'll save some sanity to start those early on. However, as I relaxed on the couch watching TV one night, I came to the conclusion that there are lots of Spongebob Squarepants GIFs that accurately describe and capture what it's like coming home for winter break.

1. The freedom to eat what I want when I want

Don't get me wrong; I can eat while I'm at school. But those meals are on a schedule, and sometimes my classes interfere with that schedule. Also, there's no guarantee I'll even like what's on the menu some days. When I'm home, at least I know I like the food. Plus, I can grab a snack whenever.

2. Sleep can be my best friend again

Being home means never needing to set an alarm for class for the next few beautiful weeks. I can sleep as long as I want and never worry about being late for anything.

3. More chances to see my friends

I know, I know; I talk about my friends from my first college a lot. But that's only because I love them so darn much! Thanksgiving break meant spending a whole day with them (after showing up unannounced of course) and having the best Friendsgiving ever. Now that I'll be home for about a month, I can only imagine all the other opportunities we'll have to hang out!

4. Hanging out with family

I'm not sure about the rest of y'all, but I love seeing my family when I come home. For me it means the opportunity to catch up on what's been going on in their lives. And, honestly, that's something that means a whole lot to me now that I don't technically live at home anymore.

5. Christmas!!

Whether it be Secret Santa events with friends, getting fancy overpriced holiday Starbucks drinks with more friends, or dinner at my grandparents' house - I freaking love Christmas time. And being home for break means getting to do all my favorite Christmas things with all my favorite people!