What I'll Miss Moving Out To College

What I'll Miss Moving Out To College

I'm starting to feel homesick before I even leave.
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I have less than a week left before I leave my home sweet Canadian home for college in the States. Although I've been looking forward to moving out and changing the people I've surrounded myself with since almost the beginning of high school, there's so much I know I'll miss even though I haven't left yet.

One thing I'll miss is suburbia. Now don't get me wrong, most of the time I hate suburbia -- how everything is so far away, terrible for the environment, and how I can't get to a McDonald's from my house by walking. I hate the "American" dream of low density, wasteful living in unnecessarily large detached homes. But still, I love the lazy fog of suburban summers that slows everything in my life down to a crawl and the empty streets that make long-boarding a breeze. I'm already starting to feel school stress creeping back with the constant bombardment of emails reminding me that I'm going back to an environment of studying and being surrounded by people 24/7.

I'll also miss Canadian winters. The weather at Princeton probably won't be too different from the weather here, but something about the disproportionate excitement for skiing and skating and a weird nationalistic pride in wintertime just screams Canada! And even though I have no actual interest in the sport, I'll miss the huge enthusiasm for hockey, as well. Nothing brings people together better than bonding over how painfully cold it gets in the winter in Canada.

But what I'll miss most of all is my cat. Unlike my friends and family whom I can text and video call, my cat doesn't know how to use a computer, so leaving for college means seeing a lot less of my favourite thing in the world. Besides just sitting there and looking cute, my cat wakes me up better than my alarm clock in the mornings, snuggles up close when I'm starting to fall sick, and always welcomes me back every time I come home. Leaving my precious furball behind is like ripping a part of my very sad, cat-loving soul out.

But of course, I'll find new things to miss when I actually move out next Wednesday. Maybe things like bagged milk, ketchup chips, and really good poutine. But I'm sure campus living in lieu of suburbia, rainy New Jersey over Canadian winters, and a new cat-shaped pillow from IKEA will carve their own places into my college-bound heart.

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1. "Can I wear your shirt out tonight?"

2. "Does my hair look greasy?"

3. "We should probably clean tomorrow..."

4. "What should I caption this??"

5. "Is it bad if I text ____ first??"

6. "Should we order pizza?"

7. *Roommate tells an entire story* "Wait, what?"

8. "How is it already 3 AM?"

9. "I need a drink."

10. "McDonalds? McDonalds."

11. "GUESS WHAT JUST HAPPENED."

12. "Okay like, for real, I need to study."

13. "Why is there so much hair on our floor?"

14. "I think I'm broke."

15. "What do I respond to this?"

16. "Let's have a movie night."

17. "Why are we so weird?"

18. "Do you think people will notice if I wear this 2 days in a row?"

19. "That guy is so stupid."

20. "Do I look fat in this?"

21. "Can I borrow your phone charger?

22. "Wanna go to the lib tonight?"

23. "OK, we really need to go to the gym soon."

24. "I kinda want some taco bell."

25. "Let's go out tonight."

26. "I wonder what other people on this floor think of us."

27. "Let's go to the mall."

28. "Can I use your straightener?"

29. "I need coffee."

30. "I'm bored, come back to the room."

31. "Should we go home this weekend?"

32. "We should probably do laundry soon."

33. "Can you see through these pants?"

34. "Sometimes I feel like our room is a frat house..."

35. "Guys I swear I don't like him anymore."

36."Can I borrow a pencil?"

37. "I need to get my life together...."

38. "So who's buying the Uber tonight?"

39. "Let's walk to class together."

40. "Are we really pulling an all-nighter tonight?"

41. "Who's taking out the trash?"

42. "What happened last night?"

43. "Can you help me do my hair?"

44. "What should I wear tonight?"

45. "You're not allowed to talk to him tonight."

46. "OMG, my phone is at 1 percent."

47. "Should we skip class?"

48. "What should we be for Halloween?"

49. "I love our room."

50. "What would I do without you guys???"

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To The Girl Who Doesn't Have It All Together

You are going to be OK.

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Does life ever hit you so hard that the only thing you can do is laugh? Everything in life comes so fast. Days speed by and when you think back at the last three months all you can remember is how many dumb moments you've had and you've had no other choice than to laugh at yourself.

Your mistakes blend together and the only way you can organize your thoughts is going through all the pictures your friends have documented.

It's funny every once in a while but eventually, the laugh turns into a force of habit. You feel so stressed out about everything that you just opt into doing nothing to avoid all the responsibilities life throws at you.

I've come to find that who I used to be has become lost in who I am now and everything I do now is about pleasing other people around me. I find myself agreeing to do too many things at one time out of fear of disappointing other people, that I never have time to sit to myself.

You've turned into the person that does not think about what happens next, you just live life day by day and hope for the best.

You leave in the mornings with no sense of what that day is going to hold. You have turned into the person it is easy to make fun of and you learn to take it and roll with the everyday punches because you'd rather feel loved and associated with laughter than someone who can't take any jokes.

You feel pressured to uphold the clueless nature and please the people that enjoy your airhead presence but you know there is more to you than a stupid comment and a bad joke. You feel like you are getting lost in the stereotype you have formed for yourself and start believing the comments your friends make about you.

I promise, you are more than a bad joke, you have so much more to offer and you are not other people's words.

You are you, even if you don't know who that is yet. There is always time to change, there is always time to be who you want to be. You do not have to impress anyone, you can be whoever you want to be at any time you decide to be that person. You are in control of your own life and no one has any say in the decisions you make. It's never too late. Take a deep breath, be yourself, don't lose yourself, love yourself.

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