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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Why Your Grandma Is Your Biggest Blessing In Life

Because nobody loves you more than she does.
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There are many people in your life you are thankful for: Mom, Dad, siblings, cousins, best friends, teachers, neighbors, you name it. You are grateful to have people who constantly support you, who pick you up when you're down and love you unconditionally. But the one person who stands out among the rest of them is your grandma.

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Ever since you were little, you and your grandma have always had a special connection. Going over to Grandma's house for the night was something you looked forward to. She knew how to entertain you at your best and worst moments. No matter what you did together, you loved it. Being with your grandma wasn't like being at home or with your parents – it was better. You went to the park, made cookies, went out to dinner, got a “sweet treat" at the mall, played Go Fish, took a bubble bath for as long as you wanted and got way too much dessert than you should have. You did things you weren't supposed to do, but Grandma didn't stop you. Because at Grandma's house there were no rules, and you didn't have to worry about a single thing. Being with Grandma was the true epitome of childhood. She let you be you. She always made sure you had the best time when you were with her, and she loved watching you grow up with a smile on your face.

The older you got, your weekend excursions with your grandma weren't as frequent, and you didn't get to see her as much. You became more and more busy with school, homework, clubs, sports, and friends. You made the most out of your time to see her, and you wished you could be with her more. Although you were in the prime of your life, she mattered even more to you the older you both became. You were with your friends 24/7, but you missed being with your grandma. When the time rolled around, and you got the chance to spend time with her, she told you never to apologize. She wanted you to go out, have fun and enjoy life the way it makes you happy.

Reflecting back on these moments with your grandma, you realize how truly special she is to you. There is no one who could ever compare to her nor will there ever be. All your life, there is no one who will be as sweet, as caring, as sincere or as genuine as her. Even though you're all grown up now, there are things about your grandma that never changed from when you were a kid. She still takes you out for your favorite meal because she knows how important eating out means to you. She writes you letters and sends you a $5 bill every now and then because she knows you're a hard-working college student with no money. She still helps you with all of your Christmas shopping because she knows it's your tradition. She still asks what's new with your young life because hearing about it makes her day and she still loves you to no end. Your grandma is your biggest blessing (whether you knew it or not), and she always will be no matter what.

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Love, Your Maid Of Honor

To my sister and best friend.

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To my sister,

We did not get to choose to enter each other's lives. But we did choose to take this luck and turn it into a deeper friendship. And for this, I will be forever grateful. Honestly, we are very different people. If I'm being honest, we are about as different as it gets. And I love you for that. You teach me a new perspective and allow me to understand multiple viewpoints.

Being the younger of us, the knowledge I gain from you in never-ending. Partially because you have to go through everything from bras and proms to testing mom and dad's limits as the trial, but also because you are the smartest and most driven individual I know. I have gained an appreciation for life and a strong work ethic by growing up under you.

You are strong; stronger than you let on. You conquer anything that is put in your way with ease, something I work to emulate. And you are passionate. I strive to be as kind-hearted and empathetic as you.

Growing up watching you, I have had a built-in role model. Between finding ways to convince Mom to let me do something she normally wouldn't, or getting through mental obstacles and trials, I make each move with you in mind.

Thank you for letting me (kind of) steal your clothes and for always being available to listen to what I have to say. You are truly one of the kindest people I know and I just got incredibly lucky that you happened to be my sister.

So as you go and start a new life beyond the walls of the home that made us, please carry with you all that makes you, you. Continue to inspire others to be better people and never tire of making people feel heard. My future brother-in-law is incredibly lucky that he happened to get you as a wife, and when the time comes (maybe in a couple of years for Mom's sake), your children will have the best mother.

If you ever doubt yourself, look at where I am today and recognize that it is because of the path you laid out for me. And always remember that your closet is my closet and my closet is your closet.

Love,

Your Maid of Honor

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