5 Things Every Homebody Away At College Needs To Know

5 Things Every Homebody Away At College Needs To Know

There's nothing quite like your hometown.
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1. The first week is the hardest.

Obviously, it is hard to say goodbye to your family, your bestfriend and everything else that you are the most comfortable around but no one tells you the annoying truth - it doesn't get easier for a little. The pit in your stomach that appears while you watch your parents get in the car and head back to your hometown without you, doesn't go away the second they are no longer visible.

Everyone tells you the goodbye is hard but no one tells you it gets harder as the days go on. When you first arrive on campus, the longer you go without your family and your home the more homesick one will become. Give it a week, or so, and then you will finally warm up to the idea of the independence you now have.

2. Everyone feels lonely - and thats okay.

Even if you go to a university where half you high school also goes to, you will still feel lonely. It is so incredibly different from being in your hometown and seeing faces you have grown up with everyday to walking on campus and seeing one familiar face - or very few. The truth is, even if you see ten familiar faces a day, no number could ever give you the same comfort you are used to. It is totally okay (and normal) to feel lonely at the beginning. Living with a new person, in a new place, without your family will definitely come with lonely times. Little things that we take advantage of in high school and barley notice, now become things you miss the most when you no longer have them.

3. You anxiously await the first time you’ll visit home.

If you’re a homebody, it is very likely you already have the first time you’ll come back home planned out before you even leave. The idea of watching Friday Night Lights at your old high school, sleeping in your bed, showering without shoes and being in the place you feel safest is something you can’t wait for. The first time visiting home will help with feeling homesick tremendously.

4. You’ll appreciate your family in ways you never knew were possible.

For most people, the reason they are a homebody isn’t necessarily because of their home, itself, its who they share it with. You love being home because you love seeing your family all the time. Once you go to college, there is no doubt that you will have a new found appreciation for them and all the things they did that you never realized you loved. You’ll learn to appreciate your mom asking you how your day was.

You’ll miss your dad making you laugh every time you talk. You’ll even miss fighting with your siblings over practically anything possible. You’ll start to understand that you miss these things because you miss your family and the genuineness you all had as one.

5. Give a few weeks and you’ll fall in love with your new home.

Although the college transition can be tough, especially for us homebodies, it is worth it in the end. You picked the school you’re at for a reason, and you’ll fall in love with everything. You’ll make amazing friends because you have the same interests, not because of proximity. It is totally normal to struggle at the beginning, but stick it out because it can only go up.

College is the start of the rest of your life, and there is a long road ahead filled with memories you will cherish forever. Let go of the scary thoughts and appreciate the time you can go home and see all your old friends, your family and your pets, but remember life is starting to move on - and you must to.

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: $9.99

7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

Price: $38.76-$41.11

10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

Price: $21.85

11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

Price: $79.99

12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

Price: $7.99

13. Frat House Dr. Sign

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Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

Price: $17.19

Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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The Grinch Is Always Villainized Around Christmas, But, In Reality, We Are All The Grinch

He's the real unsung hero of Christmas.

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Ah, the Grinch. No matter how hard you try, you just can't bring yourself to hate him.

There's no denying just how relatable he is. He basically expresses all our sarcastic inner thoughts that we're too scared to express ourselves. Sure, a lot of people call him the villain, but he's actually one of the most relatable heroes of Christmas. Here are a few times when the Grinch was pretty much speaking for all of us.

1. When we all just need some time by ourselves


Sometimes we all need some alone time. The best company can sometimes be yourself, and when you finally stop cancelling dinner with yourself, it can be extremely satisfying.

2. When you're just hanging out around the house 


Picture this, you're home alone, chilling on the couch watching Netflix, and there's a whole bunch of food in the pantry practically calling your name. What else are you supposed to do? Yes, you're just bored and not actually hungry, but that jumbo bag of popcorn isn't going to eat itself!

3. When you're going out with friends


Contrary to popular belief, much like the Grinch, you do actually leave the house to do things! So when your friends invite you to go somewhere, you've got to make sure the outfit is absolutely perfect. What's the point in going out if you're not going to look amazing?

4. When you realize that said outfit just isn't gonna cut it


Like I said before, if that outfit's not perfect, then there's no way you're leaving the house. That's one of the most important parts of the night and definitely something that requires a ton of effort.

5. When people are playing Christmas music before Halloween


I'm speaking for the rest of the population here because I'm one of those annoying people who plays Christmas music before Halloween. But I can speak from experience when I say that when I play Christmas music before Halloween, it drives my friends CRAZY. Maybe the reason the Grinch hated Christmas so much was because people start celebrating it before Halloween!

6. But when Christmas actually comes around, you're fully ready to celebrate


It's finally time for the best season of the year! I'm sure you're very excited for it and getting into the spirit like the Grinch.

7. And finally, when your professor tries to assign homework over the break


You're too busy celebrating Christmas and spending time with friends and family. Who has time for homework when you're doing all that? By this time of year, everyone has earned a break and a time to just cheer up and enjoy the season. The Grinch got that chance, so you should too!

He may be a mean one, but he's also a relatable one! Everyone's favorite green grouch definitely knows how to deal with situations that we face every day. Whether you hate him or love him, there's no denying that he's got this Christmas thing pretty much down.

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