9 Things You Miss About Home When You Head Back To College

9 Things You Miss When You're Back At College If You Lived Your Best Life This Summer

There is truly no place like home!

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It always seems as if the end of the semester drags out as you anticipate the summer. However, once summer actually comes, time seems to just zoom by. I love school and I am excited to head back, but there are some things I am going to majorly miss about home.

1. My family

In general, I am just going to miss being around my family. I love them so much.

2. That home cooked food

Home-cooked food is SO much better than frozen meals, let me tell you.

3. High school pals (and gossip)

It's just like old times, except... who got married? Who is dating who? Who dropped out of school? Who got a giant tattoo covering half of their body?

4. Puppy cuddles

Why can't they come back to school with me? :(

5. Running errands with my mom for fun

With your mom, everything just becomes more fun — food shopping, dry cleaning, picking up prescriptions...

6. Sister shenanigans

Living with your bestie is, well, kind of the best.

7. Coffee dates with dad

Time with dad is good. Coffee is good. It is all, well, good.

8. My shower

College apartment showers are just never powerful or hot enough.

9. The daily grind (AKA the internship)

Hanging with animals all day is way better than going to class with humans all day.

School is great, but home... home is the best.

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

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To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.

Sincerely,

A third-year nursing student who knows

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What To Do With Your College Belongings Over The Summer

What will you do?

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As the end of the semester dwindles to its final couple of weeks your probably starting to think about how to store your belongings until August move-in.

1. Haul it all back home

The most obvious and annoying way to deal with your belonging. If you are like me freshman year you have to wait for your parents to drive down to back up the car once again where you will realize everything you brought down will not fit back in the car. Or you are packing up your own car with maybe your roommates' help? Maybe four trips to the car could turn into two.

2. Storage Units

If you haven't noticed, McFarland is full of different storage unit facilities, which are waiting for May when all the students will be looking for a place for their belonging. This is a great option as long as you have a good budget for the monthly fee and early cancellation if they don't just have a summer contract you can sign for.

3. Local Relatives or Family Friend

Maybe you will be one of the lucky ones for an out of state student and have someone you are close to and will allow you to take over their garage or attic for the summer so you don't have to pay the fees that come with storage units or being cramped in a car for several hours.

4. Dorm Room Movers

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This has been my go-to service since sophomore year when I was packing all my belongings up as I was moving out of my first apartment and to another in August. To begin you pay a fee which will provide you with five cardboard boxes and some packing tape to get you started which you can load up and then on the date you decide on movers from their company will come to you and pick up all your belonging and come August they will bring it back to your place of living. Or if it's your last year they will ship it home from you. The best part is all you have to after they pick up your belonging is pay per the box according to the size of it and that's all. No more worry.

Hope this helps you see all your decisions and make the best one for you and your budget

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