Whether you're at a school two hours or twenty hours away from home, being away from your mom is one of the biggest challenges you can face as a college student--especially if she doubles as your best friend. This one's for you, Mom!
I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.
I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.
Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.
After freshman year, I threw out:
1. Half my wardrobe.
I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.
2. Half my makeup.
Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.
3. My vacuum.
One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.
4. Most of my photos from high school.
I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.
5. Excess school supplies.
Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.
Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.
I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.
8. A sewing kit.
I don't even know how to sew.
9. Excessive decorations.
It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.
10. Throw pillows.
At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.
In our lives, mothers play a role which can't be put into words. Her place in our hearts and everywhere is special and different. As children, our relationship with her is unique as we love her endlessly but our love can't be compared with hers, which goes to extremes and is unconditional.
Today, I am living my dream and following my passion, all because of the sacrifices my mother made for me. She is the one who taught me the meaning of discipline, hard work, and respect. I have never come across any individual in my entire life who is as hardworking as she is. When I was in school, she was the one who used to stay awake with me during my exams so that I could study and not fall asleep. She was so concerned that even though at times she was tired, she could actually not fall asleep until I was done with the studies.
She is the best person to vent to and offers me the best advice along with the personal anecdotes which are both funny and calming. She taught me from being an empathetic human to learning how to be bold and ask for what you deserve. When I hear her childhood experiences, I feel proud that she has always been this hardworking and a competent individual who was not only the best at the studies but also managed her childhood so well even without a mother. Today she is a working mother who is a multitasker and does everything with perfection.
I came to New York last year for my higher studies and my life completely changed, except for one thing: it's my mother who wakes me up in the morning. We are miles apart but a call from her every morning is a part of my daily routine.
It's true that we can never count our mother's activities. Every mother works 24/7 for her family and children which is like a career in itself. Without my mother, I wouldn't be the person I am today. She's always been there, since the day I was born and has worked unimaginably hard in order for me to have the best life.
I am proud of her and I am grateful to have her in my life. Here's wishing all the mothers a very happy Mother's Day.