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The Truth About Heading Home for Thanksgiving

It's not exactly what you were expecting

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Heading home for Thanksgiving break was something most college students were looking forward to on campuses across the country. This was especially true for many freshmen, many of whom had never been away from their friends and family for this long before. However, Thanksgiving break may not be exactly what you were expecting.

Yes, you get to see your friends and family, and those reunions are the best, but there's also this weird feeling with being home, especially if you haven't come home in a long time. Because you're happy to see your friends, and it feels like it's been years since you've seen them, while simultaneously feeling like you just said goodbye to them in August. It's a weird, lightly unexpected feeling that can take you off guard. And then there's the fact that you're back in your hometown, with most of the people you went to high school with. In some ways, it feels like the most natural thing in the world, and in other ways, you feel like an imposter. Like you all don't belong their together anymore now that you have these new lives off at college.

That's the other aspect that adds to the weird, unexpected feelings you may run into over Thanksgiving break. While you're super excited and happy to see your friends and family, you feel weird not to be completing your daily routine at college, and seeing the people, you complete that routine with. On top of that, you start to miss your college friends, and you'll start to realize how odd and slightly annoying it can be to "belong" in two different places, even if you sometimes feel like you don't belong at either.

Overall, going home from Thanksgiving break may lead to you realizing that you actually have two homes now, your home where your family lives, and your college.

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.

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1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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