What It's Really Like Coming Home For Break

What It's Really Like Coming Home For Break

What no one tells you about college breaks.
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Yes, it is amazing to see your family when you walk in the door of your house for the first time in about a month and a half, but there are so many other things you realize that you have missed.

The moment you lay down on your bed for the first time in six weeks is amazing. You feel like you're in Heaven. You literally never want to leave your bed or your house.

You realize you don't have to pull out your Eagle-One card to eat any meal of the day. You also will make the mistake of pulling your Eagle-One card out to try to pay for pretty much anything. I went to Target and made this very embarrassing mistake.

You finally get to eat food that is fresh and NOT frozen, unless you want to. When your mom and dad make you dinner the first night you're home, it feels like five-star dining. You just can't get enough. Your family might give you weird looks, but who cares. It's the best food you've had in the past few weeks.

One downside is that you only have one washing machine and one dryer in your house, unlike in your dorm where there are four or five washers and dryers. We all take advantage of this and put our laundry in two, sometimes three, washing machines. However, your washing machine at home is probably way bigger than the ones you have on campus.

To my family, don't be alarmed if I come home and basically hibernate in my room. It is the first time I have had any alone time in forever. All I want to do is sleep and take advantage of the fact that I'm not going to have neighbors who blast their music at ungodly hours of the day and night.

We finally get to cuddle with the pets we have only seen over FaceTime or Skype for the past six weeks. While you see them in person, they know you are there, whereas you just tell yourself that your dog is definitely listening to you and looking at you through a little computer screen. Maybe your dog can do this, but I know that my thirteen-year-old four-legged best friend could not care less if I was talking to her through the phone or not.

Nothing is better than getting to see your friends from home. You get to share all the crazy stories and experiences you have gone through whether it be something your professor said or how you didn't get sleep once for two days.

Take advantage of being able to drive yourself around at home, if you don't have a car on campus. You don't have to beg your best friend to take you to the grocery store or the mall. You can have that sense of independence again only for a few days. Go to Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, the movies, etc. because you know it might be a while until you can go to these places again.

The day you have to come back to school is either a very happy occasion or very sad. You either are really anxious to get back to your dorm with your roommates and friends or you would rather have another week at home. But remember, you'll be home again soon!

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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The Struggle of Taking Classes During the Summer

It can put a bit of a damper on summer fun

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To everyone reading: I hope you're having a nice, relaxing summer. Even if you're working I hope you can get a few days off to hang out with friends, go to the beach, and have some nice downtime. Not me. I am currently in the process of completing two four-week long summer classes. I'm taking them now to get ahead for next semester and to keep my overall schedule on track. It certainly isn't fun, but the reminder that it is only four weeks is what really keeps me going. If you are in the same boat as me, you'll relate to this list like no one else can; if you're not taking summer classes, don't let this list scare you, but use it to mentally prepare yourself for any you may have in the future.

1. Studying and homework

The homework isn't too bad with some summer classes just because you don't have time for a lot of intense projects. Still, since the class is so short you have to do some kind of homework pretty much every day. Make a schedule and spread it out so you don't get too behind.

2. Actually going to class

I am in two classes. One meets in person every day from 10 am to 11:45 am. The other is online. Let me be the first to say that getting up for class during the normal semesters is hard enough, but knowing my little brother gets to sleep in while I have to wake up early and go class is a real motivation suppressant.

I will say, though, it's kind of nice being on campus when it's basically empty.

3. No going out...

You'll probably be a little down because you might not be able to really go out at all during the time you're in class. For me, I go to lecture every morning, come home and do homework for that class, then do homework for my online class. I have some free time on the weekends, but I try to use those lecture-free days to study or work on papers.

4. But being super busy

Even though you might not be able to go out like a summer off, you'll be keeping yourself busy with all that super fun homework I mentioned.

5. Stress

Yes, summer classes can be a little stressful and it's pretty much all thanks to how fast-paced they are. Just do what I do: make a homework and project schedule as soon as you can and remind yourself how short it is.

Summer classes are not the worst thing in the world, and if you choose to take one at some point it won't be absolutely horrible. The nice thing about them is it's like ripping off a Band-Aid; it may be a little painful and annoying, but it's over so fast you don't suffer. Pick your class and professor wisely and get down to business; taking the class means you're one step closer to graduation!

So, to anyone else taking a summer class: good luck and you got this!

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