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Oct 21 2016
by Andrea Bilton

10 Things You'll Miss About Home When You Go to College

By Andrea Bilton - Oct 21 2016
Leaving the nest- we all have to do it at one point or another. For many of us, beginning our freshman year of college has been the driving force in pushing us out of the house and into our independent lives. But just because it must be done, doesn't mean it'll be easy. There are plenty of reasons to miss living at home, and sometimes you don't realize it until you're on your own. Whether you're two miles or two hundred miles from the place you call home, there are some things that you just can't help but miss.


  • 1. Controlling Your Privacy

Having roommates is fun until you're sick and tired and want nothing more than to curl up in a dark room and binge watch Netflix all day long. Sharing a room means you will always have to compromise with someone else's needs. You can't just lock yourself behind a door anymore when you need to be alone because, in college, it's hard to find time to be alone in your room when someone else is living right on top of you.


2. Leaving a Mess

At home, it's easy to leave all of your papers scattered on the dining room table or all of your clothes dumped on your bedroom floor with the intention of "cleaning it up later". In college, abandoning papers on a table is a quick path to the trash can, and a pile of dirty clothes on the floor will only aggravate your roommate. There's no "cleaning it up later", because "later" will most likely bring consequences. 


3. The Smell of Home

We all know everyone's house has it's own smell- and no matter what, nothing smells quite like home. Whether it's your mom's favorite candle, or the fresh smell of clean laundry, or even the faint smell of cat litter, you'd know the smell anywhere. 


4. Mutual Understanding

Every town has their own collection of inside jokes and slang terms that only those who live there seem to understand- maybe your friend group even made up some of their own. Either way, it's hard moving somewhere where nobody will use the same words and terms that you do.


5. Getting the "Sick-Treatment"

Getting sick at home can be a blessing in disguise. You get to miss a few days of school, lounge in front of the TV, eat some homemade soup, and bask in the attention given to you by your doting mom or dad. But once in college, getting sick is a nightmare. Missing class only hurts your grade, you have to walk all the way to the dining hall to get some soup, and there's nobody around to wait on you and nurse you back to health. 


6. Having Someone to Vent to

Whether it's your best friend, sister, brother or neighbor, everyone has a number of people at home who they feel comfortable enough around to complain about every problem in their life. But in college, not everyone will know you well enough to keep up with your vent sessions. Sometimes you just need the people you grew up with to take everything you need to get off of your chest.


7. Having Every Useless Thing You Own at Your Disposal

Packing for college means leaving a lot behind that you don't use on a daily basis. But there are so many times when some of your useless items may come in handy. One day, you'll realize that you really needed your 5th grade Minnie Mouse Halloween costume and the only place it can be found is in your closet back home. 


8. Controlling Your Atmosphere

Central air conditioning turned up too high? WiFi is down? Back home, there's no doubt that one of your parents would be able to fix it, or know who to call about fixing it. But at school, you are at the mercy of the building operators. Your living environment is no longer solely in your hands, unfortunately.


9. Toiletries Replenishing Like Magic

Back home, if you run out of shampoo or conditioner, or need a new toothbrush, chances are there is an ample supply in your bathroom closet, or one of your parents will be making a trip to the grocery store to pick up more soon. But once you get to college, once you're out of something, it's up to you to replace it- and on your own dime, too. 


10. That Homey Feeling

When it comes down to it, home is where the heart is. And although college brings many new opportunities to become independent, going home will always bring you a sense of comfort and peace that you'll surely miss while you're away.

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