After an entire semester away at school, being home for the holidays is kind of a culture shock. You forget how annoying it is to have to get up to let the dog outside when you're in the perfect position on the couch. You forget what channel HGTV is on. Some things just linger after finishing a semester at college, and you'll likely spend the rest of your winter break trying to shake it off. Here are some things that have stuck with me, at the very least.
1. Not being in control of when you eat
Apparently eating cereal at 2 AM on a Monday is not acceptable at home. Your cravings are not appreciated, and it is highly recommended that you do not indulge, lest you fall victim to judgmental glares from half asleep family members.
2. Living out of more than one room
You can leave your toothbrush in the bathroom. You don't have to remember 10 different things to bring to the shower with you. If you leave your computer in another room, you don't have to worry about it getting stolen. What alien planet is this??
3. Not being able to walk everywhere
Being back behind the wheel is weird. You didn't realize how much of your daily exercise depends on you walking to class.
4. Your family can see how bad your sleep schedule has gotten
You can't sleep in eight hour blocks anymore. Rather, you take a two hour nap every four hours. And no, it's not effective at all. But it's a cycle that's difficult to break.
5. You can't get rid of that lingering feeling that you should be writing an essay
You know logically that the semester is over. But you can't shake that feeling of panic that there's definitely an assignment due tomorrow that you should be working on.
And the worst part of all of this? You'll have to adjust back into college mode in just a few short weeks.