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.
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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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Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

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2. Phone juul holder 

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3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

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4. The American Fraternity book

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5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

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6. Condom case

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7. Frat house candle

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8. "Frat" sticker

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9. Natty Light t-shirt 

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10. Natty light fanny pack 

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5 Struggles Of Being A Beach Babe In The Winter Months

Can summer come faster?

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With the winter months and cold weather quickly approaching for those of us who are not lucky enough to live at the beach year wold, us beach blondes are in for yet another rude awakening.

1. Our luscious blonde locks are starting to fade. 

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For those of you who get beautiful natural blonde highlights in the summer sun, those blonde streaks are now starting to fade and grow out. It is so depressing to see the dull, dirty blonde roots growing back in with out the sun kissed highlights. And if you're like me and you're too cheap to pay for root touch ups at the salon, you'll suffer until May with your dull hair.

2. The tans fade too. 

I don't know what is worse, losing your beach blonde hair or losing your sun kissed tan skin. As your summer tan slowly starts to fade away so does your happiness from the summer months. The only thing to look forward for now is thanksgiving and Christmas, but after that its just dull, cold, snow-filled days.

3. As much as we love a winter wonder land, Christmas in the sand sounds perfect. 

The best time of the year is Christmas and Summer vacation at the beach, so of course combining the two would be amazing.

4. We'd rather be hot than cold, so winter just doesn't work for us. 

If you live somewhere in winter where it gets cold, even if its just below 40 degrees you're so over it. After New Years, you no longer want anything to do with the cold weather so you just want it to be summer.

5. The sunshine makes us happy. 

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In the winter when it is cold and dark, it is hard to be your happy, bubbly self when you can't even get out of bed or you will be freezing. Without being able to be outside with the sunshine on your skin, your happiness and motivation fades along with your tan and highlights.

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