As a student, coming home after a long, difficult semester is probably one of the most rewarding things in life. I live in a fraternity house at the University of Virginia, and let’s just say that the heating provided in the house isn’t exactly modern. However, I look back on the last 3.5 months and realize how lucky and fortunate I am to attend college and grow not only as a student but as a person. Coming home is a great relief, as I am finally free of the stresses of hard classes and tests that seem to be every couple of days. That being said, here are my top 3 favorite parts about being home after a long semester in school:
1) I can finally fall asleep without hoping my hall mates will turn off their music.
I could tell you how great it is to fall asleep in pure silence, but I’m sure you know how awesome it is too! No more headphones playing music loud enough to drown out exterior noise yet soft enough to enable sleep (tough line to walk), and no more waking up to the sound of a stereo blasting terrible music. Above all, it’s great to finally sleep in my own bed again!
2) My mother cooks much better than any cafeteria or house cook can provide.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ll eat anything as long as I know it hasn’t been sitting out for hours (or days!), but there is something about home cooked food. Plus, it’s always nice to eat off something other than paper plates for a change! Another bonus is my mom will occasionally ask what I would like for dinner, uhh that never happens at school!
3) I know I won’t have to step into a library for at least 30 days!
I don’t mind going to class or studying for a test in the comfort of my room, but the library is probably my least favorite place to study in the world. Sure it’s quiet but usually it’s also packed with people, and the air is always tense with concentration and competition. Every time I walk into the library at UVa everybody seems to pick their head up and acknowledge that a new competitor has entered the study arena. Not exactly my favorite place to relax!
After hitting the grindstone for what seems like a year, the time off helps me slow down and appreciate everything around me. What are your favorite parts about finishing the semester or returning home after a long time in school?