The 10 Questions EVERY Family Asks EVERY College Kid When They're Home For The Holidays

The 10 Questions EVERY Family Asks EVERY College Kid When They're Home For The Holidays

We rehearse all the answers in our heads so we can face our family members when we finally go home.

While some students have the luxury of going home every other weekend, maybe because they only live an hour or two away from home, others have to plan out a long weekend to drive or fly home. It's not always easy, with having to request days off from work or trying to spend time with family when you visit. Thanksgiving is the time where most students make it home for at least a few days, even though the traffic is brutal and the airfare prices have sky-rocketed.

In preparation for the holiday, we practice our answers for the questions all of our family members will ask, even if they repeat the same question, hours apart. Though we moan and groan after each question, as if they're really pulling teeth instead of asking about our lives, we're thankful for the opportunity to gather with family and catch up. These are the top 10 questions our family will ask us when we come home for Thanksgiving.

1. "How are you doing in school?"

I'm behind in five classes even though I'm only taking four, I have eight exams, I have a professor that lectures about irrelevant topics, and I have to shotgun a RedBull before my morning classes. But I'm doing great.

2. "What's your major?"

It's probably changed three times since the last time we spoke, so I'm going to tell you I'm a Business Major. Just because.

3. "What are you going to do when you graduate?"

I have no idea. Please stop giving me pre-stress to the stress I have to stress about before I've even graduated. I'm just going to curl up in bed and hope everything sorts itself out in the end.

4. "Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?"

a.) Yes I do. Yes, it's going well. Yes, I'm behaving.

b.) No, please stop telling me I need to get one.

5. "Have you put on weight?"

I really, really don't want to talk about this one. It's been a long year. I could ask you the same thing, Aunt Carol.

6. "Why don't you call us more often?"

I barely have time to make sure I'm alive and well-nourished. I don't think I can call each and everyone one of you once a week, or a month. Let me get in touch with you when my life isn't spiraling out of control.

7. "Why don't you come visit us more often?"

I work six days out of the week. I live eight hours away. I have other responsibilities. I can't keep going home for random weekends when there is so much going on in my life right now. But feel free to come visit me and bring me stuff.

8. "Are you going to get married after college?"

Please let me sort out my life first before I make a huge commitment and complicate someone else's life. But when I've traveled enough and have lived my life to the fullest, I'll let you know about an engagement.

9. "Why don't you move back home?"

Why would I ever want to move back to the town that drove me out in the first place? I'll come home and visit, but unless the situation is dire, I will not be moving back home.

10. "Have you been taking care of yourself?"

I sleep two days out of the week, when I'm not working or at school. I eat one meal a day, if I can afford it, and it's never a healthy meal. But I love to put on a face mask and drink a bottle of water and tell myself that I'm really doing a great job at everything. So yeah, I'm taking care of myself.

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Summer is officially in full swing. We are all looking forward to the adventures that await us. A lot of us have been dreaming about the day when we finally get to kick our feet up and relax by the ocean. If you find yourself getting ready for a trip to the beach then read these quotes to help get your in the mood for your vacation. Whether you are looking for an Instagram caption or are just trying to settle a bad case of wanderlust, here are 52 quotes on summer:

1. "Hello summer."

2. "I'm happiest when I'm floating in the ocean."

3. "May you always have a shell in your pocket, and sand in your toes."

4. "Life is better with palm trees."

5. "Sandy toes. Sun-kissed nose."

6. "Balmy nights, pink sunsets, and salty air."

7. "Talk to the sand."

8. "Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air." -Emerson

9. "Everyone should believe in something. I believe I should go to the beach."

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11. "The ocean is calling and I must go."

12. "Here comes the sun."

13. "If it requires a bikini, my answer is yes."

14. "I'm just a beachy kinda girl."

15. "As free as the ocean..."

16. "As endless as the ocean, as timeless as the tides..."

17. "Life's a beach. Enjoy the waves."

18. "A pineapple a day keeps the worries away."

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20. "Happiness comes in waves."

21. "Let's go somewhere where the stars kiss the ocean."

22. "My favorite color is sunset."

23. "I lost my heart to the sea."

24. "Sun, sand, and surf."

25. "Salt in the air. Sand in my hair."

26. "Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly." -Van Morrison

27. "High tides and good vibes."

28. "Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes."

29. "Stop and smell the ocean."

30. "I'm happy anywhere I can see the ocean."

31. "Tropical state of mind."

32. "Forever chasing the sun."

33. "Girls just wanna have sun."

34. "Some of the best memories are made in flip flops." -Kellie Elmore

35. "Good times and tan lines."

36. "Palm trees, ocean breeze, salty air, sun-kissed hair, endless summer, take me there."

37. "The ocean is calling."

38. "Love you to the beach and back."

39. "Paradise found."

40. "Seas the day."

41. "Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air..." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

42. "Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat."

43. "I never met a sunset I didn't like."

44. "Beach daze always."

45. "Catch me by the sea."

46. "Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair." -Zac Brown Band

47. "Stay salty."

48. "Done adulating- let's be mermaids."

49. "Find me under the palm trees."

50. "Sea you soon."

51. "Hello sunshine."

52. "Don't mind me... I'm just chasing the sun."

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For most people, summer is the best time of year, and I am definitely one of those people. However, even though I love summer, there are a few things about the sunny season that really bother me. Here are some of the reasons why summer is stressful.

1. Air Conditioning

When it's hot out, this may seem like a good thing, except for the fact that public places fail to realize that when they blast their air conditioners in the middle of July, it kind of feels like you're trapped in the frozen tundra.

2. Sunburns

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Bugs are EVERYWHERE. Not only are they super annoying, but if you're one of those people who's terrified of all things bugs and anything that looks like a bug, this is a total nightmare.

4. The Heat

Going back to number one, a little bit of warm weather doesn't hurt anyone. However, when it's too hot, most of the time you just feel sluggish and miserable.

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