Happy (late) thanksgiving! It was such a nice and needed break. I hadn’t been home since August, so I was psyched to be able to sleep in my own bed, eat a home cooked meal, and spend time with my dog.
The first thing that stuck out to me most from being home is I didn’t need to see anyone I didn’t want to see. College gave me so many opportunities to meet people and find my true friends. Honestly, because I found my people here at Iowa, I wasn’t too jazzed to see many kids from my home town. Of course I saw my close friends, but I didn’t feel pressured to attend any huge parties or gatherings with my high school class. In high school, however, if I didn’t go to a party I would be completely out of the loop for days and desperately trying to hear the drama from the weekend. This reminded how much I love college in that NO ONE CARES!!! If I don’t go to a frat party it is not the end of the world. College reminded me that there is no such thing as popularity and it doesn’t matter if every kid knows who I am or that I know what’s going on in everyone else’s lives. I love meeting new people and creating new friendships, but I don’t need to be a part of every single aspect of their lives to feel like I am included. I thank college for that.
The next thing that stuck out to me is that family is so so so important. Though, it may seem annoying that my family constantly asks me how school is, who I am dating, if I have job etc, in the end it is only because they genuinely care. We are their babies and they only want the best for us. I am so beyond thankful for the most amazing family there is. I can’t wait for winter break with you guys!!! Giving me freedom and space at college allowed me to realize how much I need you guys in my life. I thank college for that.
The last thing that stuck out to me was how easy it was falling back into routine at home. It was weird driving my car again, but after a few minutes, I remembered how much I loved driving. I quickly remembered where my family kept each and every little thing around the house. I remembered how nice it was not using communal bathroom wearing shoes and carrying a caddy each time I shower. And it was especially easy to get use to always having yummy food around the house instead of eating dining hall food. After over a week of my old routine I felt like I had never left home, but it was time to say goodbye. This reminded me that though I may not live at home 12/12 months of the year, coming home is my safe place and nothing is going to change that. I thank college for that.
When the time had finally come, I didn’t want to leave so quickly; however, once I got back to Iowa City I saw the most beautiful sunset and my best friend who lives right the down the hall from me came into my room and gave me the biggest hug. We ordered in food and gossiped all about our weeks at home. After that, our other two best friends joined us and we continued to talk and plan our spring break. Later that night my roommate and I redid our entire room and unlofted our beds. And that night was when I knew Iowa was for me. Although I had fallen back into routine at home, this was my new home and my “routine” here makes me the happiest girl in the world. And, I thank college for that indeed.