9 Thoughts College Kids Have Over Thanksgiving Break That'll Make You Thankful To Go Back To School The Next Week

9 Thoughts College Kids Have Over Thanksgiving Break That'll Make You Thankful To Go Back To School The Next Week

You do not realize the different lifestyle you have until you go back home.

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1. Is the food ready yet?

We love instant gratification. We don't eat all day, just for 6 pm to strike and for all of us to pig out.

2. "No Auntie, I am still single."

We do not need a reminder about how we are going to grow up alone with cats.

3. We miss our friends

Being around family instantly brings us back to high school and how we couldn't wait to graduate and go off to college. We miss our friends, the pranks, and fun late nights we would have on/off campus.

4. "Can I get some privacy, please?"

Speaking of old high school days, while on break, parents just waltz right into your room or are constantly knocking on your door. In college, everyone keeps to themselves in their room and if you want the privacy, just close the door and you are invisible to the world.

5. Having to ask to go out

I remembered the first time this happened to me freshman year. I was going to the movies with some old friends, thinking nothing of it, I grabbed my coat and my keys and was just walking to the door. I then hear, "Where are you going?" "Out." "Out with who?" "My friends." "What friends?" You get the idea.

6. I cannot sleep in my bed at home

I don't know why, but once I got so used to my bed back in college, when I would come home, my bed here was not the same. I have friends who just sleep on their couch or in the basement because they feel the same way. Your bed at home does not feel like yours anymore.

7. "Do I need to do EVERYTHING around here?"

We are so used to just doing things only for ourselves that our family is so shocked when we don't automatically do things for them anymore. It's crazy, I know.

8. I forgot *insert favorite article of clothing* 

Going back and forth between school, you are bound to forget something. College is where all your favorite stuff is and if you leave it there, then being at home can sometimes be a drag

9. Seeing people you used to not like in high school

Whether it be at the grocery store, the mall or even around the neighborhood, you are bound to run into someone you used to know and don't talk to anymore. So what do you do? Do you just smile and wave? Awkwardly hold a 5-minute conversation on how you two should have drinks sometime? I honestly don't know. I am still trying to figure that out myself.

But even though all this could happen to you, there is still a part of you deep down that loves and missed your family.

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Dear Mom and Dad, You Don't Understand What College Is Actually Like In The 21st Century

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that.
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College is not what you think it is. I am not sitting in a classroom for six hours listening to a professor speak about Shakespeare and the WW2.

I am not given homework assignments every night and told to hand them in next class.

I do not know my daily grade for each of the five classes I am taking, and I don't know if my professor even knows my name.

College today is a ton different than how it was 20+ years ago.

I go to class for about maybe three hours a day. Most of my time working on "college" is spent outside of the classroom. I am the one responsible for remembering my homework and when my ten-page essay is due.

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that. I am a responsible person, even if you do not think I am.

I do get up every morning and drive myself to class. I do care about my assignments, grades, my degree, and my career.

I spend a lot of time on campus having conversations with my friends and relaxing outside.

I am sick of older generations thinking that us millennials are lazy, unmotivated, and ungrateful. While I am sure there are some who take things for granted, most of us paying to get a degree actually do give a s**t about our work ethic.

Dear mom and dad, I do care about my future and I am more than just a millennial looking to just get by.

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I Have A Love-Hate Relationship With Summer Classes, Let Me Explain

While I can easily see the benefits of taking classes over the summer, as I sit here studying for exams worth 80% of my grade, I have also realized that signing up for classes definitely has some negative aspects too.

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I absolutely love learning and often joked (and eventually seriously stated) that being in school taking classes year-round would be one of the best things ever. So, this summer I decided to take fourteen credits, which is essentially an entire semester of courses within a 10-week period. While I am definitely enjoying what I'm learning and can easily see the benefits of taking classes over the summer, as I sit here studying for exams worth 80% of my grade, I have also realized that signing up for this many classes definitely has a few downsides. Thus my love-hate relationship with summer classes was created.

Initially, I decided to sign up for one summer class because the idea of being able to finish a math course in five weeks instead of 15 weeks was VERY appealing to me (I don't really enjoy math). However, that one class quickly turned into four classes when I thought about prerequisite courses and how much I would be able to learn within such a short period of time. It seemed to make sense to me, I loved school and had the opportunity to continue it for a few more months - why wouldn't I?

Well, halfway through my first set of classes, I have an answer to that question. Walking into my first summer class and reading the syllabus made me quickly realize how rushed this semester is going to be. I have exams pretty much every week in addition to quizzes, projects, and papers - not to mention meeting for actual class 12 hours every week. On top of that, there's also homework assignments and studying, which probably consumes an additional 12 hours of my week. The classes I'm taking created a busy schedule and my routine needs to be strict if I am going to keep up with everything.

My current summer routine looks a little something like this: wake up, go to class, do homework, drive to the next class, sit and take notes, and drive home. I also have to fit in sleeping and eating. On my days off, work gets added into that routine or spending time with my friends or family, depending on the weekend. It is a somewhat monotonous cycle that has left me feeling a little exhausted sometimes. I am so busy that it got to the point where I spent the entire day with my best friend while she essentially watched me do homework and drink coffee. It gets tiring doing the same thing over and over again while constantly experiencing school-related stress and I can feel myself starting to slowly burn out.

But, as soon as everything starts to feel overwhelming and I don't think I can balance classes, work, and summer all at once, I try to remind myself why I decided to take these classes in the first place. I love school. I always have and as nerdy or lame as it sounds, I think I always will. As a college student, I have the opportunity to spend extra time over the summer learning new things about a variety of topics.

This summer, it happens to be statistics, ecology, ethics, and the history of jazz, but who knows what next summer could hold? It seems nonsensical to me to not take advantage of such a great opportunity for growth even if it leaves me feeling a little stressed. Being in classes this summer also allows me to remain in my school routine of productivity (and procrastination) which will hopefully make the transition into my challenging fall semester go more smoothly.

As easy as it is for me to complain about summer classes and the burnt out feeling associated with them, I honestly have no regrets. I love what I'm doing and I wouldn't have it any other way. But don't get me wrong, I will DEFINITELY be taking advantage of my break in between the fall and summer semesters of classes. Relaxation and vacation will be the only two words in my vocabulary during those five weeks and if you need me, I'll be at the beach.

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