When I was at college last year, I often missed the comforts of home. For the record, I wasn’t homesick; I just wanted to take a shower without wearing shoes. Now, after living at home for the summer, I'm missing college. The food and funky dorm smell most certainly did not make the list, but here’s what did:My Friends: This one is a no-brainer, but it has to be stated. In college, you make friends you'll have for life. You experience almost everything with them. You go to class together, you eat together, you run from the cops after a wild party together; those experiences bond people to each other. These friends are the ones who stay up with you until 2 a.m. for a heart-to-heart, or maybe just to watch a Pretty Little Liars marathon. They’re the ones who help you search for a shoe you lost one night at a party, but also never let you live it down. All partying and fun jokes aside, living with friends at college brings you closer than high school ever could.
The Library: Surprise! The English major misses the library…now who didn’t see that one coming? My school has an amazing library; actually, we have eight. That’s what happens when your school’s library has a special partnership with the Library of Congress. Hello bibliophile heaven. E-books may be all the rage, but they don’t have that musty book smell. Perhaps you could spray one with some perfume like Eau-de-Livre, but it’s just not the same. As for me, I’ll bask in it in the library upon my return.
College Wildlife: I'm referring to more eccentric creatures than the rabid squirrels and forest friends that roam my campus. Every campus has them: They're the girls swimming in the fountain, or the lax bros roaming as a pack, wearing pennies and board shorts. They're the mimes in front of the student union. And (my personal favorite) they're the student activists desperate for you to sign their petition to end seahorse suffrage in Botswana.
Quirky Professors: These are basically the same as campus wildlife, but with expensive pieces of paper called degrees. They take teacher quotes to a whole new level. For example, my history professor confessed, “This is why I should make my PowerPoint presentations when I’m sober.” I hope my tuition money goes to more than his wine cellar.
These are just a few of the things I’ve missed. College is such a great experience that I could honestly go on and on, but I’ll save you from having to read a five-page essay and leave that one to my professors. Luckily, I only have three weeks until I return…and then start missing home.
What do you miss most about college right now?
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