The Importance Of Keeping In Touch With Family While Away At College

The Importance Of Keeping In Touch With Family While Away At College

No matter what type (or how many) of conflicts you've had over the years with them, they're your family.
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Your family, whether biological or adoptive, helped raise you to be the person you are today. Your parents told you stories of the hiccups in their lives so that we wouldn't make the same mistakes they did. We were raised to have the opportunities that they never did, and for that, we love them. Older siblings helped introduce you to the new things, whether it was music, clothing styles, or their friends that they didn't want to share. They helped you grow into the world of confusion and were there for you whenever you needed them. No matter what type (or how many) of conflicts you've had over the years with them, they're your family, and that's something you should always remember.

When we're away at college, we tend to drift away from the people we were in high school, and away from those previously involved in our lives. After a few months, your life has become so busy with school and work that you feel like there's no time to make new friends or keep in contact with old one. Your time is running away from you. The main problem with this situation is that your family is included in the group of people who you feel like you don't have time for, and it sucks.

I've always been close with my parents. I enjoy letting them in on my life, telling them stories of my experiences away from home and allowing them to get to know the person I am to my friends as well as the person I am when prying eyes are turned away. They are my lifeline, and that's not just because I want them to continue funding my education. I can call anytime when I have a problem in my life and I'm sure to receive sound advice on how to handle the situations. And they give you the advice without an ounce of annoyance in their voices, which we can't always count on with friends.

Siblings fight, and that's a given, especially when you're the same gender and close in age, but they are always open to hear you out whenever you have any issues. Just like parents, they are open to give you the advice you need to hear, and unlike parents, the advice they give you comes from a more relevant place because they experienced similar problems around the same time in their lives as you.

Take it from someone graduating a year early – time passes by fast in college. There comes a point when you need family to lift up your spirits to help you get through even just a normal week. Whether it's just a phone call or a trip back home, family can do wonders to your confidence and livelihood when you're swamped with college. It's important to maintain that relationship, because the truth is, your family probably misses you more than you think.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

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What It Is Really Like Having Sisters Close To Your Age

While having siblings close to your age is pretty amazing, there can be a lot of issues that can come with it.

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I come from a family of 5 people and 1 dog. I have 2 sisters, Grace and Caroline. We are all pretty close in age, Caroline being the youngest and 3 years younger than me.

My sisters and I share a bond like no one else, no one can replicate it. When you have siblings close to your age you have built-in best friends, and since they are around your age you have the same interest, or at least, enough so that you can do things that other siblings cannot. Examples of this would be seeing R-Rated movies and going to the mall without too much complaining, along with being able to shop in the same stores or even share clothes. Grace and I sometimes even split the cost of a shirt we both like.

We even overlap friend groups! Which is not much of a problem for us, Grace and I are both in music programs which overlap enough for us to have the same friends, which is great for when one of us has a sleepover, the other can join in on the fun. Caroline, however, even though she is seen as the sporty one of the 3 of us, she still has a lot of friends who have similar interests as Grace or I, giving us a lot of the same friends. It's nice not to be considered the "cool older sister", I am just like the rest of them.

While we do fight a lot, we make up really quickly, because most issues we have are stupid sibling fights: who gets the T.V., what to have for dinner, what movie to see. But it is always fun because there are 3 of us, which means majority rules, something we tend to go by most of the time depending on the situation.

Having 3 teenagers in the house can be a handful for our parents though, when you have three teenage girls going through puberty at relatively the same time, it can be grueling, especially when you are all on your period at the same time.. (yes, that has happened before) (and yes, it sucks). While I am on the topic, let's say a prayer and a thank you to my dad for dealing with 5 girls (including the dog, obviously) because he does a pretty damn good job at dealing with all of us.

When we were younger, we always had a play date even when one was canceled. We all made up songs and dances and would perform them for our parents. We even had a band called The Halsey Sisters (AKA the female version of The Jonas Brothers) where we had a hit song called "We Got The Heart and Soul". It was a hell of a time. Let's just say the music video for that song is, interesting to say the least.

At the end of the day, I wouldn't switch my sisters for anything in the world, they are my rocks, and I wouldn't want it any other way, Grace, Caroline, keep doing what you're doing, because you're pretty damn awesome.

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