Going Home For The First Time After Leaving For Your Freshman Year Of College

Going Home For The First Time After Leaving For Your Freshman Year Of College

So, when can I see my dog again?

College is a time for a fresh start and lots of fun, but everybody gets a little homesick, especially if you're more than a 15-minute drive away like me.

I recently got to go home for the first time after 2 months and see everything that I've left behind. After months of adjusting to new places and faces, going back to what used to be your "normal" and "old life" can seem almost foreign.

Although not much has changed on the outside, your hometown isn't where you live anymore. It's almost like you're on the outside looking in--you've changed since you've been to school, but everything at home seems the same. How strange is it to have to pack a bag full of things to go to your house?

Everything seemed almost natural and easier when you lived at home, whether it was school or just knowing what you were doing. Don't you miss the days where you could actually go to bed before midnight?!

It almost seems like your bed in your dorm is more comfortable than the one in your room now, but it's nice finally remembering what your house smelled like and having a home cook meal for once--a break from dining hall food is a necessity for all college students. Not to mention your parents are more inclined to buy you things "for your dorm" and who can say no to not spending money?!

Time at home gives you time to really reflect on what's been going on around you for the past months, and you can see all of the things that you've taken for granted. The comfort and accessibility of things you don't always have anymore.

Seeing your high school friends for the first time in months is one of the best feelings--it's so nice to have a break from all of the small talk that many college conversations consist of and skip right to catching up.

Remember the night before you left and all of the endless hugs and tears between your childhood friends? Well, saying goodbye never gets easier.

Although you will learn to value your college friendships, the people who have seen you grow and have changed alongside you are no longer a five-minute drive away. However, the reunion with your dog is the most anticipated--seriously, how are you supposed to go an entire school year without unlimited cuddles?!

Even though I don't live there full-time or roam the streets with my friends, the place where I grew up is irreplaceable and will forever hold a special place in my heart. Every road, lake, park, and the street has a special memory that affected the person who I've become today.

Although it's fun to be away and experience new things, it is nice to take a break and become reacquainted with the familiarity.

After all, there's no place like home.

Cover Image Credit: Abby Amundson

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7 Truths About Being A Science Major


Whether your major is Human Bio, Chemistry, Neuroscience or any other that deals with a lot of numbers, theories, experiments and impossibly memorizing facts, you know the pressures of pursuing a career in this field. So without further ado, here are seven truths about being a science major:

1. There is no “syllabus week.”

Coming back to college in the fall is one of the best times of the year. Welcome week has become most students' favorite on-campus holiday. But then you have syllabus week: another widely celebrated week of no responsibilities… Unless you’re a science major that is. While your other friends get to enjoy this week of getting to know their professors and class expectations, you get to learn about IUPAC nomenclature of alkanes on the first day of organic chem.

2. Your heart breaks every time you have to buy a new textbook.

Somehow every professor seems to have their own “special edition” textbook for class… And somehow it’s always a couple hundred bucks… And somehow, it's ALWAYS required.

3. Hearing "attendance is not mandatory," but knowing attendance is VERY mandatory.

Your professor will tell you that they don’t take attendance. Your professor will put all lecture slides online. Your professor will even record their lectures and make those available as well. Yet if you still don’t go to class, you’ll fail for sure. Coming into lecture after missing just one day feels like everyone has learned an entire new language.

4. You’re never the smartest person in your class anymore.

No matter what subject, what class or what concentration, there will always be someone who is just that much better at it than you.

5. You get totally geeked out when you learn an awesome new fact.

Today in genetics you learned about mosaicism. The fact that somebody can have a disease in part of their total body cells but normal throughout all others gets you so hype. Even though you know that your family, friends and neighbors don’t actually care about your science facts, you HAVE to tell them all anyways.

6. There is never enough time in a day.

You are always stuck choosing between studying, eating, sleeping and having fun. If you're lucky, you'll get three of these done in one day. But if you're a risk taker, you can try to do all of these at once.

7. You question your major (and your sanity) almost daily.

This is especially true when it’s on a Tuesday night and you’ve already consumed a gallon of Starbucks trying to learn everything possible before your . Or maybe this is more prevalent when you have only made it through about half of the BioChem chapter and you have to leave for your three hour lab before your exam this afternoon. Regardless, you constantly wonder if all the stress is actually worth it, but somehow always decide that it is.

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7 Ways To Help You Sleep Better

Try something new to help you to sleep better.


Every now and again we all have a sleepless night. These 7 ideas can help you to try something new to help you to sleep better without having to take any over the counter medications.

Practice good sleep hygiene


Sleep hygiene means that you are following a bedtime routine. Which can be for some going to bed at the same time. Only use the bed for sleep and intimate relations. Washing your face, brushing your teeth, turning the screens off at a certain time. Find a routine that works for you and helps you to relax and get into the grove of preparing to go to sleep.



Meditation can be used to help you relax your muscles. I found a cool app called Insight Timer that you can download for free on the app store that has loads of guided meditations. They have specific ones for sleep, you can choose the amount of time that you would like to utilize and if you prefer a male or female voice. This is one way to help release the tension that is occurred throughout the day and drift into a good sleep!

Use an essential oil diffuser with lavender.


Lavender is a great sent to help you relax. Have the essential oil diffuser have lavender pumping throughout your room. Relax and enjoy the scent!

Get a sound box.


Have noisy neighbors, can't fall asleep when there is no noise? They make noise boxes now that can play a bunch of different settings and you can change the volume to be as soft and as loud as you need it to be.

Get light darkening curtains.


Having trouble falling asleep because of light? Invest in some light blocking window shades, or new curtains. Get the room to have as much or as little light as you find comfortable.

Get a new mattress pad.


Maybe your bed is too hard? They have all sorts of extra mattress pads that you can buy that range in price. Give this a try, maybe you just needed a little extra cushion.

Limit your food and drink intake after a specific time.


Depending on the sleep schedule you need to utilize to fit the schedule you have throughout the day choose to stop eating and drinking at least 2-3 hours before bed. This will limit the number of times you have to wake up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. Stop drinking caffeinated beverages at least 6 hours before your nightly bedtime is scheduled because this can be a huge factor in not being able to sleep.

Before trying any sleep aids and or supplements make sure you talk to your family doctor to ensure that it is suitable for you to take any over to counter options. Walk through what you normally do before bed and change one thing at a time to see what works and doesn't work for you. If you change too many things at once you may not be able to know what will help you and what will not.

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