36 Every College Girl Has Right Before, After And During Thanksgiving

36 Every College Girl Has Right Before, After And During Thanksgiving

It's turkey time!
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Getting up the morning of is fairly normal, but we all have our traditions when it comes time to prepare food and get everything ready for the festivities.

Here's a rundown of how some of my Thanksgivings have gone in the past, because I currently am looking forward to the one in the near future!

1. Today is the day!

2. I can't wait to see (most of) the family!

3. How long until we eat?

4. Who's saying grace?

5. Are my eyes bigger than my stomach?

6. Nope! Time for seconds!

7. Okay, this time they were a little too big.

8. How am I supposed to finish this?

9. Wow, I'm so full.

10. Actually can't move…

11. Did someone say pie?

12. Of course I saved room for pie!

13. Well I don’t know if my stomach will ever be empty again now.

14. Yes, I will be snacking on those, so you just leave them right there on the counter.

15. Dishes are never ending.

16. Why did we have to use the china again?

17. At least it's all done.

18. We'll have leftovers for days. Maybe months.

19. I'm so tired now.

20. This couch looks comfy.

21. Cousin had the same idea, great minds think alike.

22. Where am I?

23. Oh right, Grandma's house.

24. I wonder if there are any more _____ left.

25. I'm not hungry but I could eat.

26. That was a bad idea. I really shouldn’t have done that.

27. But it was good so, it's worth it.

28. Time for everyone to leave already?

29. Nice to see everyone!

30. Do you want to take any food with you?

31. Glad I'm not driving home, I feel nap number two coming on.

32. The house is so dark compared to the light festivities earlier.

33. Perfect for sleeping though. “Nap” three, here I come.

34. Wait.

35. I forgot.

36. Here comes Black Friday…

Spending time with family and getting to see people who only get to make it together once a year can lift your spirits. I wouldn’t want to miss having the time to spend with them, and I hope everyone gets a chance to spend the holiday with those who matter most. Enjoy the company and the food, and be thankful that you get to do so year after year!

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High School Summer Vs. College Summer

Summer isn't all fun and games anymore.
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Summer: the most wonderful time of the year. School’s out, obligations are at an all-time low, and life is simple. The only problem - I’m not in high school anymore. This naïve cupcake phase of life is now over, thanks to you, college. Now, free time is a foreign concept to myself along with my peers; summer's not all fun and games as it was in previous years.

School’s out? Ha, you THOUGHT.

What time is it? Summer (school) time! When the final bell rang on the last day of high school, we all jumped for joy and anticipated summer’s freedom filled with the luxurious free time that displaces class time. When you finished your last final in college, you might as well buy class materials for your nearly approaching summer semester. Unlike the good old high school days, summer marks the start for even more time to incorporate school: particularly, summer school. Here lie students who are retaking failed courses and/or those who are behind on classes and need to get ahead. School’s out, scream and shout? You got it all wrong, High School Musical.

Time to intern!

Not only is summer “break” a good time to take some extra classes, but it’s also a perfect time to intern. That’s right, no sleeping in ‘til noon! Don’t forget to set those alarms because college students have to be up and running to gain work experience for their future careers. College students sometimes even endure these long days without any pay, but you gotta do what you gotta do to lock in a post-college job at that ideal company. High school students: props to you if you intern over the summer, I just see it more often among college kids.

Work, work, work.

I had a summer job in high school, but I didn’t work nearly as much as I do now as a college student. Summer is the optimal time to stack up on dollar bills in your savings account. You need money for those ridiculously pricey textbooks (opened quite less often than you’d think), groceries, housing, spending money, and other miscellaneous college expenses. Yeah, you can always work doing the school year, but juggling that along with classes, extracurricular activities, and an eventful social life can be pretty exhausting. Also, it can deter you from getting decent grades (which is why you're in college in the first place).

Vacation? More like no-cation.

Ah, do I miss those summers where I’d be at the beach for weeks on end. With summer classes, a job, and an internship, vacation is just time I no longer have. You can’t just request time off from class, internships, and work! Other (and more important) matters demand your time and effort. If you're lucky, a quick, cheap weekend getaway is you're best bet.

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Why Its Okay To Not Go Back To Your Hometown For The Summer

What you need this break is the right way to spend it.

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As the week of finals ends every college student begins to feel this sense of relief. It's the time of year that the sun is shining and outside adventures begin. Plans laying by the water with a cool drink begin to come true.

But for many students that are just ready to enjoy a very much deserved break, there's an overshadowing pressure. A pressure to spend summer, not in the college town that's become important to you, but to spend all your time in the hometown hours away.

Torn between your homesickness and the home you once lived and the new home you've finally settled into. But what's the right answer to how much time is spent in your hometown this summer.

Simply there is no clear answer. Each of us needs mentally, emotionally, and physically something different this summer break. Maybe weekends, one week, or the whole time is what you, personally need to enjoy this time off. But I encourage you to really think about what you need, and not feel pressured to do anything.

Invite your family to spend time with you in this new world of yours. Ask your friends from home to come to visit and meet your friends here in college. The road runs both ways, and if they love you they will spend time with you.

Your friends, job, and life you've built since you moved to college shouldn't have to be put on hold every summer. Never let yourself feel like you have to live a double life just to keep others happy.

But never forget there are more options out there. Those who care about you will understand that you need to refresh from school is an important aspect for your health.

Going home this summer would be great! But if you need to just chill at your apartment to be able to mentally refresh from the year then go for it! If you want to spend your summer back in the town you love with your friends and family you have missed so dearly, then awesome!

This is your summer. Take ahold of it. Use it for fun adventures, long laughs, unforgettable memories, and most importantly a much-deserved break.

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