Why You Miss College Life After You Graduate

As A Graduate, When I Say 'I Miss College,' This Is What I Actually Mean

I do miss the friends I made, the roommates I had, the work I was proud of, and the classes I really did enjoy and participated in, but I mostly miss how these things made me feel.

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It's been almost a year since I have graduated and stepped into a new part of life, yet I still have some thoughts about how much I truly do miss being at school. When I say I miss college, most people respond with "Why" or "oh, you just miss the experience and the parties."

Fair enough, a decent question is really why would I ever miss a time where I stayed up all hours of the night reading books and writing papers while drinking god knows how many cups of coffee a day? Or to the second response, I only miss the parties and the fun times, not actual college. But while the experiences, people, and fun memories are a huge part of why I miss college so much, they aren't the only things I'm really thinking about.

When I say I miss college I mean I miss the way it made me feel.

Coming from a community college where I didn't leave my hometown or my usual group of friends, coming to a college like Rutgers University was something that truly blew my mind. I don't miss parties, I miss walking down the sidewalk to classes I generally enjoyed, surrounded by people I didn't know but definitely could. I do miss the friends I made, the roommates I had, the work I was proud of, and the classes I really did enjoy and participated in, but I mostly miss how these things made me feel.

Even though I was stressed out and tired, overall I was pretty happy to go out and learn and talk to people in my class that had similar ideas about a book or a topic. Even during the worst times, I was still able to feel free being on my own and was happy scheduling my own days for me. Even when I cried because of test anxiety on top of regular anxiety, I still miss the way the tiny breaks with friends or the most random but funny conversations that would happen at 2 a.m. made me feel better.

There's a lot that I miss about college and plenty of reasons why I would want to relive that time again.

For any students still living their college days, live it up! One day you'll miss those college days, the memories you made, and how you felt even during the times that you were stressed out. Take in every day so when you say you miss your college days, you won't just be talking about silly weekend parties.

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.

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My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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Goodbye School, Hello Real World

I'm ready for ya!

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It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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