I Am The Girl Who Loves Home

I Am The Girl Who Loves Home

And I live on campus at college.
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I love home. I always have and I always will. Now, I am not talking about the difference between home and house and all that nonsense. My home is my house and I love it. It is where my parents are, where my sister sometimes is, and where I grew up and have lived all my life. When I was a college freshman, I was so excited to live on campus at my university. I wasn’t the type of kid who wanted to get away from home. I just liked that everything was a walk away since I didn’t have a car or even license for that matter. I think going home my first weekend of college showed that I didn’t just want to get away from my parents.

Fast forward to three years later: I didn’t know that I could love home any more than I already did. Now you may think, "Wow! No wonder. You are about to graduate college. Adulting would most definitely make you love home more because you are going to have to start your life." But I have always loved home (and I am going to grad school). My parents were shocked when I came home for only three weekends last semester. This semester is a different story. As much as I love being able to walk to Starbucks when I want to, I would rather be at home. I am just over dorm living and college campus life. I have never been one for going out, rebelling against my parents, or anything that would be encouraged by living at school. I just love being at home with my parents. My favorite kind of nights are the nights where I stay up way too late watching “American Ninja Warrior” re-runs or get a ton of movies from the library and watch them with my mom. I never really had that head-butting stage where I don’t get along with my mom. I have always talked to her about EVERYTHING and always spent weekends with her.

So maybe this has been me explaining that my mother is my best friend and I never hated her. But seriously…I love her. While my sister spent her teen years hanging with friends and going to sleepovers, I truly spent my weekends with my mother (while my sister was a teen and when I was a teen as well). I have no regrets. So as I sit here writing this at 2:30 a.m. when I should actually be sleeping so I can get up for my 10:20 class tomorrow, I am truly wishing I was in my bed at home watching movies with my mom. I love home so much! I am blessed by God with a great home and I will definitely spend a ton of time in it. Maybe home is a feeling and not a place for some, but for me, it is definitely a place with the people I love. I am the girl who loves home and will not apologize for it!

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You May Have Worn The Prom Dress With Him, But I Get To Wear The Wedding Dress

You had him in high school, but I get him for the rest of my life.
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High school seems like the best time of your life when you are in it. You think that all of your friends will be with you until the end, and that you will end up with whoever you are dating your senior year. For very few, that might just be the case. For all others, that is far from true.

You thought that you would marry your boyfriend and you thought that everything would work out how you had always imagined. I don't blame you though. He's great. You wanted everything with him, but you were just not right for him.

I wish I could say that I am sorry it didn't work out for you, but I can't. I can't because he is mine now, and I get to cherish him forever. You didn't do that right, and you were not meant to be together. You will find someone too, but I am happy that you were not the one for him.

Sometimes I have issues with jealousy, and I hate that you got all of the high school stuff with him. You got to go to games and support him. It kills me that I couldn't be there for him because I know I would have actually been there wholeheartedly. I would have done it out of love, not as a popularity appearance.

I hate that you got to go to all of the school dances with him. He got to see you all dressed up and probably told you how great you looked. I'm sure you did look great. Prom dresses were always fun to pick out and so colorful. It was exciting to match colors with your date. I am sure you had fun choosing his matching tux to your dress.

I find myself getting jealous, but then I stop. I am getting to match his tux with our wedding colors. I got to go dress shopping in a sea of white, and he doesn't get to know one detail about that dress yet. He will get to see me walk down the aisle and then every day forever. I get to love him forever.

I try to not get jealous of all of the things you got with him because it is all in the past. You had your time, and now I get the wedding. You got to dress up in high school, but I get to dress up for my wedding with him. He may have put a corsage on your wrist, but he will be putting the wedding ring on my finger.

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The 13 Stages Of Writing Your Senior Thesis, As Told By 'Drake And Josh'

Well, I never thought it would be so simple… it wasn't

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This semester, I decided to write my thesis. With it being my senior year and being a requirement for my major, I had to do it sometime. It was without a doubt the longest paper I've ever written as well as one of the most challenging things I've done for a class. I spent so many hours researching ideas, reading scholarly articles, and writing, editing, and writing again. Needless to say, I'm glad it's done. For those who haven't yet – or never have to – write a thesis, here's what that process was like, as told by our favorite boobs: Drake and Josh.

1. Finding out that you’d have to write a thesis was devastating

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Since I'm a transfer student, I was unaware that this was even a thing. But I learned soon enough after I heard my professors talking about it.

2. Trying to come up with an original idea is super difficult

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The idea behind the thesis is that you're writing about something new, unlike a regular research paper where you can write about something that's been written about before. Trying to find a unique topic is half the battle.

3. Reading long analytical articles that use way too many words that you don’t know

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I adopted a policy when reading through my sources that if I read a sentence three times and *still* had no idea what it meant, I'd just skip it and read on.

4. Trying to convince yourself that the process won’t be *that* bad

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5. When the other thesis students are talking about their papers and they’ve made more progress than you

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Them: "I wrote my introduction plus three pages last night!"

You, thinking: "I literally haven't started yet. Am I behind?!"

6. When you don’t want to work on it, it’s all too easy to find another activity to distract you

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7. My friends when I’d complain about my thesis

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Shout out to my friends for accepting the excuse "I need to work on my thesis tonight." You're the real MVPs here.

8. You write away for half an hour and only end up with a couple pages of material

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9. When you’re done with a paragraph and try to convince yourself that it sounds smart, or even the cooliest if you will

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Throw in some of those big words you don't understand from the source material and you're set!

10. After so many pages, it sounds like you’re saying the same things over and over

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11. As the deadline gets closer and closer, the stress only goes up

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12. Putting off editing until tomorrow probably won’t help

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13. When you finally submit your thesis and you’re so happy to be done

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Only now can I finally enjoy Christmas.

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