Sleep And Memories: What I Look Forward To This New Semester

Sleep And Memories: What I Look Forward To This New Semester

I love my school, but being far from home wasn't easy.

This past year wasn’t exactly all that I had hoped for it to be. Although I love my school, being a freshman in college hundreds of miles away from home was hard. It took time to get used to being surrounded by so many teenagers trying to find their way to adulthood.

While there are many lost in their own way and stumbling towards the right path, there seem to be even more who know exactly what they’re doing and thriving at it. This upcoming semester, I’m hoping to join ranks with those who are succeeding in their plans.

First thing I plan to do is make sure I get the required 7-8 hours of sleep required. HAHAHA. Okay, I won’t get that unrealistic, but I would love to improve my sleep cycle. After spending an entire year getting more or less four hours of sleep, it would be nice to actually wake up in the morning without feeling miserable.

I got so used to sleeping late that it would be 1 a.m. and I would think to myself that I still have the whole night left. With the exception of pre-test days, I hope to get my work done early enough to get some quality snooze time. Maybe this will improve how much I remember in my morning classes as well.

In order to fulfill my first goal, I would really have to make sure I do the “get my work done early” part right. Procrastination is a huge problem and although I know it would be a bit impossible to get completely rid of it, I can definitely bring it under control. I can’t wait to see how much more productive my days can get when I stick to the agenda and get things off my checklist on time.

Apart from academic related things, I’m really looking forward to seeing my friends again and getting to form even more amazing memories with them. I look forward to the nights when we spend the night laughing over things that don’t make sense and share stories from summer while eating a bag of hot Cheetos.

While developing past friendships is great, I’m curious about all the new friends I will make this year. The Oxford campus is much smaller than the campus in Atlanta which is why it is so easy to form such close friendships, especially between the freshmen and sophomores. As much as I will miss my friends who have moved onto the Atlanta campus as upperclassmen, I am also extremely excited to meet the new freshmen and get to know them.

Despite the ups and down of this past year, it played an essential role in developing who I am as a person. I loved it so much and grew so much from it, and I can’t wait to make this new one even better!

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.


So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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