Home For The Holidays

Home For The Holidays

A break, a vacation, a separation

There are sixteen weeks in a semester. The first few weeks of the fall semester are spent making friends, adjusting to classes, and finding some sort of routine. The next couple may be dedicated to intensely studying for exams, getting involved in clubs, and spending more time with those new friends. Then, it’s midterms, and you’re spending all of your times either studying or distracting your friends from studying. Then it’s finals. The week that turns everyone into stressed out zombies, math machines, paper writers, and project makers. When finals are finally over, it’s time to go home.

Reflecting upon those sixteen weeks, maybe studying wasn’t the most noteworthy thing to mention at Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas morning brunch. Maybe, it was the sixteen weekends spent with the new friends you’ve made. From inside jokes, midnight adventures, and hallway shenanigans, to heart-to heart conversations, baking cookies, and drawing on people in their sleep, the weekends are the highlights of the semester.

So when finals are finally over, and it’s time to go home to your cats, dogs, and birth givers, it may be a tad bittersweet. The holidays are a nice time for family and a nice three week gap before the spring semester. However, it’s hard to be away from the friend family you’ve created at school who make you laugh until 3 a.m. watching Vine compilations on YouTube. All that you can do is make a joke about not seeing anyone until next year and wait for another sixteen weekends to do it all again.

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9 Things That Happen When You Get 5 Days With Your Military Boyfriend

5. Staying up late and waking up early because you don't have time to sleep.

After getting back home from a week and a half spent in California with not only my best friends but with my military boyfriend, I started to think about how fast the five days I got to spend with him flew by. How badly we tried to plan out everything and how tragically we failed at following through with those plans, yet we still had the time of our lives. So for those out there in military long distance relationships, I get you, it sucks. But you all know exactly what it's like when you get to be reunited for a couple of days.

1. An attempt to plan out every single second.

First, we’ll make snow angels for two hours, then we’ll go ice skating, then we’ll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse Cookie dough as fast as we can, and then we’ll snuggle.

2. Failing to follow the plan and getting carried away roaming random trails or chilling on the couch just enjoying each others presence.

That checklist you made? Yeahhh forget about that. We're too busy accomplishing none of it.

3. Literally doing the simplest things like playing Wii or going to church, but loving every second because both of you are THERE.

Who knew car rides could be so fun? Or Wii tennis? Or sitting on the couch?

4. Finding time to see his/her family.

You get to see his/her family just about as often as him if you're in a long distance relationship, so seeing their family is mandatory.

5. Staying up late and waking up early because you don't have time to sleep.

Five days together means 24 hours five times in a row right? There's no time for sleeping these next five days.

6. Forgetting that this reality is only going to last a couple more days.

You mean my real life isn't like this? This is just a five-day dream?

7. Feeling like it was all a tease when the days are over.

*this is your actual reaction in the car after you say goodbye and realize you don't actually get to see them every day.*

8. Being willing to give ANYTHING for those five days again.

Like seriously. I'd give up school for the next year just to see him again for five days.

9. Not knowing when you're going to see him again but knowing you wouldn't want this with anyone else.

At the end of the day, he's who you chose, his life and the distance just came with it.

You don't hesitate to remind each other that you're the only person you would do the distance and military life with.

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7 Things That Happen If You Are In A Long Distance Friendship

People say long distance relationships are hard, but that is nothing compared to your best friend living on an opposite coast.

College is a time of meeting new people and experiencing new walks of life. However, that doesn't mean that you leave all your old friends in the past. Often times, we keep those friendships close, despite the physical distance between us being too far apart.

1. Your sleep schedule won’t make sense to anyone else who lives around you

Timezones can be a pain when your friends live in one different than you, even worse when you have multiple friends in several different time zones. Whether it's waking up at four a.m. or staying up until that late just so you can rave about the new season of Stanger Things, you are willing to do almost anything to continue the friendship. No matter your sleep schedule though, those around you won't understand why it is the way that it is.

The important thing is that you know why and never feel inconvenienced by it.

2. You pretend that your friend lives down the street rather than miles away

Sometimes, a good way of coping with a distance is acting like it's not there. Sending messages to your friend saying "Be over in five for a movie night" won't seem odd to send despite knowing that there are so many miles in between you and them. It's a way of dealing with distance because you both know that you'd do it in a heartbeat if you physically could.

3. But then the distance feels even farther when they are upset

When your friend is upset, most likely you get upset as well. Who doesn't want to beat up their friend's ex-partner or give them a long hug after a bad day? Everyone, that's who. And when you are too far away to either, it definitely makes it harder. Though, you know being there, even if electronically, can still be helpful.

4. You have to explain to anyone around you who you are constantly messaging

If you have a friend who's long distance, you most likely are keeping up with them at a fairly constant rate. That leads to the constant questioning of why your phones blew up with notifications from people from other states or countries. At times, you don't even know how to explain who you are messaging because you know you'll go on a rant about how great your friend is, despite the distance.

5. Around any holiday, Amazon is your best friend.

Honestly, the stress of holiday shopping is taken off your shoulders a bit when Amazon is in the picture. You don't need to pay a ridiculous amount for shipping a gift while also having access to almost any gift you could want to get for your friends. Unboxing the gifts together on video call might not be as good as in person, but you can't help but be thankful online shopping.

6. You have downloaded multiple Apps solely for keeping updated on your friend’s life

It's important to know everything about your friend's current situation since you are not physically around them to know. That means having your Weather Channel app tracking a city you've never been to while downloading a social media you don't even use just because your friend likes it. Most importantly, there is the Countdown app you downloaded solely so you know how long until you see your friend again.

7. The everlasting hug when you meet up again finally

The best moment of your long distance friendship is when the long distance status can be put on hold for even a moment. The hug that you have when you finally get to be physically with your favorite person again? It makes all the 4 a.m. video calls, lonely days, and downloaded apps worth it. You realize how strong your friendship is if it can hold up despite the distance.

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