7 Underrated Perks Of Being Home For The Summer

7 Underrated Perks Of Being Home For The Summer

These things make it worth being home.

It's been a few weeks since I moved back home after my freshman year of college, and I'm finally getting settled into a new routine post-freshman year. While it may be a little difficult coming back from school for the summer, there's definitely some underrated and under-appreciated pluses that come out of being home for the summer.

1. Free Laundry

At school, laundry costs $2.50 per load and required me going up and down two flights of stairs. I also had to be on constant alert, because the second anyone's washer or dryer would be done, someone would come and take yours out to put theirs in. However at home, laundry is not only free and requires just going up one flight of stairs, but I don't have to worry about random people swooping in and leaving my soggy laundry on the washer.

2. Not Leaving the Building for Food

At school, to eat more than whatever snacks I have stuffed away, I have to take a five minute walk across campus to the subpar dining hall. But at home, all I have to do is go up to the kitchen, not having to change into somewhat presentable clothes or brave the elements just to eat a meal.

3. Actually Being Able to Drive

Yes, at school some people do have their cars and can drive themselves around, but I do not, so my driving ability at school is nonexistent, forcing me to only go to places that the bus or my own two legs will take me (or Uber if I'm not being cheap). At home, it's nice to have access to cars and driving to get directly where I want to go.

4. Seeing My Family

One of the toughest parts of school was getting homesick and missing hanging out with my family and siblings. However, being home allows me to be with them and be more involved in their lives. Even if they can be annoying sometimes, it's definitely nice to get to be with them for a few months.

5. Seeing All My Home Friends

One of the worst parts of school was being separated from all my home friends (thank god for group texts). Yes, we can hear about everyone's lives and stories throughout text or Snapchat, but it's not the same as actually being altogether. Being home is a great way to reconnect with everyone after spending so much time apart.

6. Sleeping in My Own Bed

At school, my bed is a twin XL, which is a great downsize after sleeping in a full size for the last ten years. While I did get used to the smaller bed after awhile, it still didn't compare to those weekends I went home and could sleep in my own bed. That's one of the best parts about being home, three months straight in my own bed.

7. No School Work

Unless you subjected yourself to summer courses, summer means that you don't have any school connections and can appreciate and relax. The school year can be quite stressful at times, so having the summer to unwind is greatly appreciated and extremely underrated.

While there's definitely some pros and cons to being home for the summer, there's definitely some overlooked perks that should be acknowledged and appreciated more. So now that you're home, appreciate it all.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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Goodbye School, Hello Real World

I'm ready for ya!


It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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