How I Feel About Being Halfway Done With Summer

How I Feel About Being Halfway Done With Summer

Summer is half over, some might love it and others might not.

When you go away to college, you go through a couple of stages. The first, extreme exhilaration of being on your own, and not having to abide by mom and dad's rules. The second being the panic setting in of not knowing how to do your laundry or when you should do your dishes. You eventually give in and call your parents and ask them all these silly questions, as well as finally admitting to missing them. Through the rest of the semester, going home for holiday never sounded better. This comes with home cooked meals, and your mom at your every beck and call. By day two, you are ready to head back to your sanctum of independence.

As the second semester comes to an end, you get this excitement of knowing you will have your own room again, and once again your mother's home cooked meals whenever you want. There is also a sadness that comes with going home for the summer. You realize you won't be seeing your friends every single day and you lose a bit of your independence.

Summer finally arrives, and I am so excited to go home and see all of my friends from high school. Since we all have part-time jobs, finding time for each other is kind of difficult. I've gone out of my way to see my friends, and do the things we say we've wanted to do, but inside, I know in only a few short months I will be leaving once again.

The first month went by really slow, thinking it was July when it was still only May. I craved the independence of being away at college, yet loved having my mom at my every beck and call at the same time. May passes, and we've hit June. Schools around your hometown are about to start their summers and instead of sleeping the summer days away like them, I work two part-time jobs and still manage to be broke.

At this point in the summer, I have realized that I am halfway through to being back at my school. Away from family, away from jobs, and only worrying about getting through the semester. I feel very excited, yet very nostalgic. Thinking about the fun nights I have had so far, and that will soon come to an end. I also think about all the nights I will be able to spend with my friends that I only see for half the year that live in completely different towns or states. I am very happy to be home for the summer, trust me, but I am so ready to go back.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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8 Old Katelyn Tarver Songs You Probably Haven't Heard

None of her new songs will ever go as hard as "Chasing Echoes" and that's a fact.


Years ago, I found (through iTunes recommendations) a pretty cool female artist. Later found out she was on "Big Time Rush", and then I found out she had some new songs out. I decided to give her new songs a listen, and they're good. However, I prefer some of her older stuff, which sadly isn't on Spotify. Fortunately, YouTube exists, and I'm here to share the best ones.

1. "Wonderful Crazy"

This is just a fun, upbeat song for when you're having a good day. Would recommend playing in your car with the windows rolled down.

2. "Rain"

I have a very specific memory of a time when this song blessed my life, but for all intents and purposes, it is a beautiful and happy song.

3. "I'll Make It Real"

This is a beautiful song with a wonderful message about staying true to yourself. I used to listen to it on the way to school every day my senior year of high school.

4. "Something In Me"

Featured in the greatest show of all time, "South of Nowhere" season 1 episode 6. A very relatable breakup mood.

5. "Love Alone"

This is definitely the second-hardest-hitting song she's ever released. The fact that this is not on Spotify or even iTunes anymore is just not fair.

6. "Favorite Girl"

This one's cute and upbeat, a definite crush mood. Not on the same level as "Love Alone", but it's still underrated.

7. "Closer to My Heart"

Another cute love song. I'll tie it with "Everything" for cutest love song on her first album. Highly recommend both.

8. "Chasing Echoes"

Facts are facts and the facts are that Katelyn Tarver's new stuff could never go as hard as "Chasing Echoes". I can't even begin to explain how deeply these lyrics cut through me when I was fifteen. Even now, this song can take me all the way back. She is robbing us by not making this available on streaming services (or even to purchase). Katelyn, bring this song back, I am begging you.

Anyway, I'm still enjoying the new stuff and am excited to see what's next.

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