Why Coming Home After College Is Great

Why Coming Home After College Is Great

It's a needed break, with many forgotten and small pleasures.
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1. Not wearing shower shoes.

You don't realize how nice it is to just simply take a shower, and not have two flaccid and wet flaps of plastic sticking to your feet and squishing down the hall.

2. Having almost any amenity you need within reach.

For a few shorts weeks, you won't have to worry about buying your own toilet paper, or remembering to get ramen for your dorm. You can simply live freely and thank your parents for taking such great care of you when you get home.

3. Having your animals with you.

There is nothing nicer than coming home from a long semester at school to your companion, and knowing you'll be able to love on them and spend as much time as you want with them during the duration of your stay,

4. Spending quality "you" time.

Have roommates that annoy you? Have roommates that don't annoy you, but you just really appreciate being alone? This is one of the best things about returning home, just shutting your door, and knowing no one will come in and have to coexist in the same space with you.

5. Instead of worrying about phone calls and schedules, your love ones are (most likely) near you.

It's forgotten what it's like to just go downstairs and have a cup of coffee with your mom while you're so busy at school.

6. Doing laundry for free.

Some schools make students pay for their laundry in the dorms, which can add up over time. It's comforting to think you can throw a load in on your own time and save your money for more important things.

7. Choosing whether you want to see other people or not.

Living in a dorm means at some point you'll bump into someone you don't want to see, whether that be in the hall, bathroom, or common areas. When you're home, you don't have to worry about that creepy guy from math class staring at you.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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Five Tips to Get on Top of Your 2019: Tech Editions

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Technology is the course of the future, why not use it to get on top of your new year? Make 2019 the year you stop sleeping on these great productivity apps and get grinding! Best part, all the apps I've included here are free.

Google Calendar.

Look at that beauty.

I LOVE Google Calendar! Not only is it a great tool to map out your week, it comes with cool features. You can color code tasks and events, get text reminders and so much more. You can even sync your calendar with other people's (this is very helpful for roommates or study buddies).

Google Doc File Folders

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Sick of that long list of documents in your Google Docs? You can make file folders to organize all of your docs!

Momentum Chrome Extension

This is by far my favorite productivity app. It's a Chrome extension that acts as a home page whenever you open a new window or tab. It comes complete with the weather, a motivational quote and a to-do list! The best feature is their "main focus for the day". It keeps you grounded for sure- especially when it pops up with every tab and forces you to think about all you need to accomplish.

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