4 Little Things You Have To Do When You Come Home

4 Little Things You Have To Do When You Come Home

The matter the most.

Coming home from college for the holidays, it's a time to relax and see your friends and family. It's your time to reorient and collect yourself outside of the wild shift in reality that college brings with it.

There's so much that can happen in that time but there's never a shortage of things that need to be done, but it's the little comforts that means oh so much when you're able to enjoy them.

1. A home-cooked meal

Unlimited dining hall food is great and all but there's just something else to having a meal that you've grown up around - especially when you're like me and grew up on food with spices and flavoring beyond salt, pepper, and paprika. Nothing hits the spot more than a good helping of chicken khorma, lokhi, and rice that's actually been boiled all the way - for me anyway lol.

2. Sleeping in your own bed

This is just a universal comfort. The feeling of dropping into your own sheets and being able to actually spread your legs in a bed for the first time in weeks is honestly an indulgence in itself. Also, being able to wrap up in a blanket at night without having to worry about possibly rolling off your bunked death trap of a bed is a nice feeling too.

3. Not thinking about work

Living at college means living where you work and that's a stress entirely in itself. Coming home and having an entire change of scenery is another wall that's broken down and a step closer to completely being away from that way of life just for a little while - time to unwind and really pull together.

4. The OG friends

One of the hardest parts about was having to say bye to the friends that had been there as we all went our separate ways so of course one of the most important things to do is making sure to see them again. Reunions FTW.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 A.M. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest,

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old doom room is now filled with two freshman trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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11 Tips And Tricks To Help Get You Through The Hell Known As FInals Week

You've been preparing for this all semester, but somehow your professors expect you to remember what they talked about the first week of class?

Stressing over that one test? Or maybe those 3 tests? You've been preparing for this all semester, but somehow your professors expect you to remember what they talked about the first week of class?

They put new AND cumulative information on it and make it like 50 questions longer, but yet you're supposed to be a genius and get them all right? Well, you can do these 11 things to help you make it through finals week.

1. Listen to music.

Make yourself a bomb playlist and jam out while studying because honestly I cannot sit and study in complete silence or I might go insane.

2. Do yoga.

I have learned that this is a great way to relieve stress and to relax so that you are not all tense.

3. Eat meals at normal times.

I know it may be hard to eat on a normal schedule, but that will help you to remember the information if you can just eat at a normal time.

4. Take breaks.

Don't study for 12 hours and then wonder why you are exhausted, especially if you did not take a break. Taking a break is vital to your mental health during finals week, and you might want to be sane for that test.

5. Call home.

Call your mom or dad and just talk to them because I am sure that they are wondering about how you are doing and it is a great way to vent about how loud your roommate is being and how it is distracting you.

6. Talk to another human being in person.

Tell your friend that you want to get dinner with them or just take a break and go walk around with a friend because before you know it, you will be home for the summer, not seeing these people all the time.

7. Watch a movie after a test to take a break before you study again.

TAKE A BREAK! Just because you just finished taking a test, go do something that is not studying!

8. Workout.

Go do something productive. Working out can relieve a lot of stress for you.

9. Sleep.

GET ENOUGH SLEEP! If you do not sleep then you won't remember the material on your final and you could possibly not do as well as you would have liked just because you were too tired to remember what you studied.

10. Facetime with your dog.

This is honestly my favorite thing to do during finals week. I call my mom and tell her to get the dog ready because I just need a good stress reliever and trust me that is my dog.

11. Don't stress too much.

I know these exams are hard and mean a lot to your grade, but the more you stress the less you will remember, so just use some stress relieving techniques and you will be much better off. Don't end up like this guy!

Well here is a funny gif to start your finals week off right!

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