I Love College, But I Miss My Life Before College

I Love College, But I Miss My Life Before College

Life before college was easy.
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The thought of college actually aways really scared me, the thought of packing up all of your stuff and moving away to practically live in a room with a bunch of strangers. Sure, college has its glorious parts like the parties and being away from parents nagging on you and, of course, it's a fresh start, but for some of us, fresh starts are hard to comprehend.

I miss my everyday routine. Waking up earlier and going to classes for a longer time sounds like a ridiculous request, but high school was fun at times. Sure it's much nicer now to pick when you go to class and have breaks in between classes to nap, but there's nothing like knowing every single person's name in your class and maybe knowing a little bit about them too. I miss seeing familiar faces everywhere I look. Now, it's a shock if you even see someone from a class you have every other day walking on campus.

I miss coming home to things waiting for me like my dog with his tail wagging or a warm meal on the table that might even be a little cold by the time I eat it. In college, all you'll get waiting for you is the loads and loads of homework piling up or you could get the loads of dirty clothes you left on the floor because you don't even have the time to pick them up.

I miss the comfort of my own home. NOTHING is as homey as the house that you grew up in, and you won't realize this enough until you're away from it. I miss how comfortable my bed really is, no twin size, mattress pad or twin XL comforter will ever be comparable to sleep in at that level of comfort. I miss the feeling of showering without flip flops and on a time limit. No hard, unsoftened water shower in college will ever make you feel as clean as the one in your own home.

I miss my clique. Some of us have been blessed to have found an amazing friend group in high school. College creates such a distance, besides location, between you and your friends. You may be so used to talking on the daily and sharing every detail with your close friends, you may have even made a promise to talk every Tuesday at 2 p.m.; however, life gets crazy and that every week thing turns into every other week and eventually we find ourselves getting lost, not even knowing what was said last to them.

I miss the little things that I don't get to do in college. I miss being able to drive and being so familiar in my town that I lose focus on the actual task of driving and find myself in my own little world. I miss being able to go to any destination I want when I want, like the mall or to get a specific food. I miss being able to spend my time how I want it and not feeling stuck.

I miss the familiarity of everything. Days go by and months go by and soon years will go by. College is a large part of our lives; it changes us. It changes our routines, our comfort zones and just about every little aspect of our lives will soon change. It's so easy to get caught up in these things and let our minds be stuck on what life was like before this whole universe existed. But soon in four or a few more years our lives will be completely flipped again and we have to trust that all of those things before this life will either go back to how they were or they will be even better.

At the end of the day, college gives you so much, even when it's hard to see at times, college is a pretty weird/cool thing.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From The Girl Who Is Tired Of Being An 'Almost'

No one wants to be a second choice, let alone no choice at all.

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It's no secret that the dating scene in 2019 is hard, romance is basically dead. You can order up a partner faster than a pizza from dominos. Men rarely approach woman anymore, and if they do it seems to only be for one night stands, not for the genuine interest of getting to know someone.

Like most other singles, I'm out of ideas and don't know how to land a stable relationship in this age of false intentions and no commitment.

I've been told about every line in the book on why it doesn't happen because of me like for example; I want too much or am too "serious," or my favorite is that I expect things too soon, but all I actually want is a guy who is honest, loyal and devoted to me. Is that really too much to ask? Seriously?

I've had endless "almost" boyfriends, I've almost become what they wanted. I almost had what I thought I really wanted at the time. However, each failed fling was just one more added instance where I became an "almost" or the "stepping stone girl" aka the girl guys were with before they found their "person" and for the longest time, I didn't care.

I just struck it down as male immaturity that would end in a year, a couple at most, but unfortunately, I think I was wrong and do not see it changing any time soon.

At almost 21 years old and still a little single pringle, I for one am just tired of it all. I'm tired of being peoples almost. I'm tired of being lead on or drop me like an old news article by the end of the week. It's a never-ending cycle.

If your intentions are to just use a girl, DON'T. Stop getting our hopes up and just leave her alone.

And don't get me wrong, I'm not letting my relationship status define my worth or the quality of the life I'm living. Thus far I've done everything on my own and I know I can achieve the goals I have set for my life alone.

If a guy wants to pursue me, and I mean truly pursue me, then great if not I'll just continue to thrive on my own. I've never been the girl who needed a man. I definitely want one, but don't get me wrong I will not be devasted without one.

But in all honesty, why me? Why do guys only see me as an almost? Why am I not worthy enough to be something more than that to someone? Why do they lead me on just to drop me in a few weeks like it was nothing and then in a couple of weeks end up getting serious with someone else? I'm just truly baffled.

I just feel like the odd one out. I would love nothing more than to have a partner, share all life's moments with. Someone who will be there with me through it all and kiss, hug, and love me. Even something as simple as walking downtown holding hands with someone would be a dream to me.

Life is short, I want young love. I want all that a relationship entails, the good and the bad. It's just frustrating being the only single one in your group, listening to everyone's relationships and having nothing to contribute because what you experience isn't even real.

I don't believe in "almost" you either want to be with someone or you don't. It's black and white and maybe I just don't understand but if you did want to be with someone why not truly give it a chance?

But until people figure their stuff out, I will gladly sit back, be single and wait until someone is truly ready and makes it worth trying because I will not be someones "almost" again. I'm not just a little stop on the way, I am the destination.

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