You Will Get Asked These Questions When You Go Home For The Holidays

14 Of The Most Awful Questions You're Going To Have To Answer When You Go Home For The Holidays

You better get your answers ready!

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Ah, it's the most wonderful time of the year. The weather is cooler, the finals are upon us, and you have to reunite with your family. While going home for the holidays is a great time, especially since you've totally gained 10 pounds eating Chick-fil-a four times a week this semester and could use someone to force a vegetable or two on your plate, but this also means you're going to be bombarded with questions you probably don't have the answer to.

And even though everyone has your best intentions at heart, you're going to have to force a smile or two to get through the interrogation portion of the holidays. Luckily, you were prepared this year and you have plenty of time to prep your answers for the neverending change of life questions upon you this holiday season.

1. How did you do on your finals?

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2. What's your major again?

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3. Are you dating?

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4. But you're such a catch! Why are you not dating anyone?

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5. How are you dating? You're way too young! Are you focusing enough on school?

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6. Do you know what you're going to do after graduation?

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7. Do you think you're going to get a job with that degree? The job market is tough right now.

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8. Have you considered going to graduate school? You should go to graduate school.

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9. Have you looked into investing your money or creating a savings account?

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10. I saw on Facebook your friend from high school is getting married. Just saying...

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11. Do you have any secret tattoos or anything? They're permanent you know. 

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12. Did you know our neighbors son is single? And he wants to be a dentist!

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13. Are you sure you want to do this thing you've been planning on doing for the last six months?

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14. Are you eating healthy? It's so important to take care of yourself while you're young.  

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When You Give A Girl A Papa

She'll learn enough lessons to last a lifetime.
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When you give a girl a Papa she'll have the best adventures.

She'll run around atop his shoulders and learn to fly. Her imagination will never run dry and she'll always be down for a laugh. He'll tell her stories and wipe away her tears. When you give a girl a Papa she'll have memories to last her years.

Papa is German for Dad but in America, it has become a slang term for grandpa. And while it is just a word, for some, it has a deeper meaning. Papa isn't just a grandfather, he's a best friend, the instigator of mischief, a protector, a storyteller, a rock, the strongest man you know and, most importantly, a hero.

Papa can turn ordinary, everyday activities into an adventure. From a young age, I was running behind him as quickly as my little legs could carry me ready for that day's adventure. I was always down for anything Papa was doing, following him in his daily chores and mimicking his every move. Cuddling up and watching sports in his lazy chair was my favorite time of the day because he always told the best stories. Sitting there hanging onto every word he said because it was the most important thing I ever heard.

Papa is full of experience and wisdom. His wise words provide comfort every time I am sad. He can always make me laugh to fight the tears away. I'm not sure how, but he always knows what to say to make me feel better. Papa is a fearless force that never bows and is never broken. He can weather all of the storms while smiling and laughing. I can only hope to have that resilience when facing life's problems. And when Papa was struggling with his own battles, I will stand right next to him, ready to fight and do all I can for him.

Papa can do a happy dance via the phone so he is the person to call when something good happens. He is always there to celebrate life and all its joy. And, even though he tried to hide them, he cried happy tears the day of my high school graduation. I pretended not to notice.

Leaving Nana and Papa's house is always the worst part of the trip. Driving away waving my hand in the air with tears welling in my eyes because I can't wait for the next adventure. Disappointing Papa was the scariest thing you I could think of, but I knew that he would never stay that way for long. There was always a lesson to learn from mistakes.

He is the man I model all men after. If they don't treat me the way Papa demonstrated, they are not worthy of my time. If they don't make me laugh or have that twinkle of passion in their eyes and fire in their soul like my Papa, then they aren't the man for me.

Papa is my hero. I would give anything to be like him, to stand strong and hold the world together when it just wants to fall apart. To be able to make anyone laugh and feel right at home. To fight for what I believe in and work hard to achieve my goals. To have charisma and charm. To deal with people who wrong me with class and kindness. To follow my faith with questions because that is the only way to make your beliefs stronger. To be the person everyone speaks of with a fond memory in their eye.

At the end of it all, he is my Papa and no one can take his place. I can and will drop anything to be by his side. He has shaped me into the person that I am working to be. I will always call him for advice and kind words.

Best friends come in many forms, but my favorite will always be my Papa.

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12 Small Things You Can Do To Celebrate Our Planet On Earth Day

Make a meal using whole foods!

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Climate change is ravaging our planet constantly, so take this day to celebrate Earth. There are little things that we should try to do every day, but if anything... Earth Day is the day. Keep your space clean and green, and maybe one day Congress will do the same.

1. Go outside for a couple hours, and leave your phone in your pocket!

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Sit and reflect on the beautiful world around you.

2. Take some time to pick up litter on your college campus!

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Grab a grocery bag and pick up whatever litter you see outside your dorm, or on your daily walks to classes.

3. Buy some eco-friendly daily essentials...

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Buy a canvas tote or a bamboo toothbrush. Get yourself a glass water bottle or some wool dryer balls. So many everyday items can be easily switched out for eco-friendly swaps!

4. Ride your bike to grab a coffee instead of driving.

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5. Take a shorter shower.

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I am guilty of taking extremely long showers. Cutting your average shower by five or ten minutes can make a huge difference though!

6. Plant some flowers!

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Plant a mini garden! Or pot some plants to keep in your dorm and transfer them outside when you move to your forever home!

7. Make a meal using whole foods!

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Whole foods don't have packaging or they have a minimal amount that is usually perfect for recycling!

8. Turn your lights off!

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Whether this means going to bed earlier, or lighting a few candles, just turn off the lights!

9. Go meat-free for the day!

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There are so many delicious meat free options to choose from! One day without meat can help the planet more than you know. Skip the turkey, and reach for more sustainable food options!

10. Educate yourself on what you can and can't recycle...

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Did you know that pizza boxes CANNOT be recycled if there is grease on the box, no matter how small the stain? One greasy pizza box can ruin a whole bin full of recycled goods.

11. Choose paper over plastic.

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12. Open your windows!

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Turn off the A/C and let the Earth cool/heat your home even if it's just for an hour. Your pets will appreciate it too!

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