30 Stages Of Your Family Vacation As Told By 'Jersey Shore'

30 Stages Of Your Family Vacation As Told By 'Jersey Shore'

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The cast of the Jersey Shore closely resembles a family, and just like every family, they act a little crazy (okay, maybe crazy is an understatement, but you get the point). Until this moment, you probably never considered the fact that your family and the cast of this hit MTV show actually have a lot in common. You all fight like animals, you cry A LOT, you get a little dramatic, you bond in odd ways, and you're absolutely unpredictable. When you all pack your bags for a family vacation, this resemblance to the Jersey Shore family intensifies. Although it might be wild, it's an experience that everyone should be thankful for.


1. Your parents tell you that you're going on vacation

2. It's the night before you leave and you are just now starting to pack.

3. You get the itinerary finalized and you're ready to go.

4. It's the start of the trip and you're actually getting along with your siblings.

5. You're still in the car and everyone's already complaining about your attitude.

6. You find a hot guy in the lobby that just so happens to be your age.

7. Your mom's jokes aren't funny, but you laugh anyway because you're about to ask for some spending money.

8. Arriving at the hotel and jumping on the bed like.

9. It's day one, you're burnt, and your mom's already lecturing you about skin cancer.

10. Ordering dessert at the restaurant because you're on vacation and your parents are ready to spend some money.

11. The lectures about grades, poor choices, and your future begin.

12. Your parents are trying to drag you to some historical monument or whatever.

13. You're with your sibling 24/7 and the bickering begins

14. It's all harmless until they start telling your parents all the stuff that you did while you were gone at school.

15. Getting yelled at for "always being on your phone."

16. Your parents turn the light off to go to bed at 11 PM.

17. But luckily, you and your siblings can take a break from your bickering to go find something to do when they go to bed.

18. Looking over and seeing your sibling drunk and dancing like this.

19. And then you realize how much trouble you're going to get into when your parents notice how much you let them drink.

20. Having to share one bathroom between your entire family and everyone seems to be taking their sweet time.

21. Your family gets mad at you for taking too long to get ready.

22. When your family members fail to take an aesthetically pleasing beach candid of you.

23. Your parents are ready to start the day before the sun is even out.

24. Missing your friends back home.

25. Everyone's stuff is everywhere and your mom says, "We're on vacation, why am I still the only one who does anything around here?"

26. Coming to terms with the fact that your life is not The Notebook and the hot boy from the lobby will not be your summertime love interest.

27. Chowing down on that slightly questionable, but still delicious breakfast buffet.

28. Happily charging a Stouffer's mac and cheese, two candy bars, and a soda to your room, which is linked to your dad's credit card.

29. Packing your bags and realizing that the trip is coming to an end.

30. You go home and realize that although it was an experience, the trip was full of making great memories with your family.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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To The Older Sibling I Never Had, I Wish You Were Here To Guide Me

I know you don't exist, and I know you never will, but sometimes I catch myself imagining a life with you in it.

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Starting high school is a terrifying feeling and an insane transition when you don't have anyone to guide you through it. It was a mere 15-step walk to the door, and once I was inside my parents promised me there would be somebody there to help me find my classes, so why did I feel like I was being thrown straight into the gates of hell? I counted down the minutes until we pulled into the school parking lot and dreaded the sound of the car door opening and the anticipated start to the "best four years of my life."

As we were pulling up, I saw a girl who went to the same middle school as I followed her older brother, who was a senior through the front doors as if it had been rehearsed at home. At this moment, I would have given my right foot to walk in her shoes right behind an older brother just this once. Eventually, I just walked right inside.

Unfortunately, this would not be the last of my longing for guidance from the older sibling I've never had.

I get it, I got a B in math. I get it, if I would have spent last Friday night studying instead of out with my friends it is possible that I could have gotten an A. But, what my parents seemed to not get was that life actually does go on even if you get a B on a report card. Time doesn't stop, your dreams don't diminish, and you are still viewed as a fairly competent person.

Luckily for my younger sisters, it seems my parents eventually did get it at the cost of my phone being taken away for three months and my social life ceasing to exist for the rest of that school year. As I spent every Friday night at home studying I longed, for just this once, to have an older sibling who was willing to take this hit for me.

Why did nobody tell me that it's actually more fun to go to school dances with friends than the boy you barely know who is just desperate for some conversation with the opposite sex?

I always wondered why that girl I went to middle school with never took a date to any of our formals or homecomings. Eventually, four homecomings and two proms later, I realized that this was because stumbling through the awkward introductions to family, tolerating the completely posed and overdone photos that would never actually be posted anywhere because you didn't talk outside of this forced interaction, and small talk over fruit punch and loud music was never actually necessary. Of course, I passed this message to my younger sisters and saved them the struggle of finding out for themselves.

Don't even get me started on being the first sibling to have to navigate applying to colleges.

I really could have used you then. I'm convinced there is nothing more difficult than trying to fill out a FAFSA or Common Application with absolutely no guidance or experience. Is my application essay long enough? Should I apply for early or regular admission? What if I don't get accepted anywhere? As selfish as it sounds, I would have given my other foot not to have to find these things out for myself.

I'd trade a lifetime worth of shotgun privileges to have you in my life to help me figure this stuff out.

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