It has been a great summer away, but you are definitely ready to go back to college. You didn't realize how much you would miss it, and now you long to be back on campus (not like you started a countdown or anything...) Check our top reasons why you can't wait to go back to college:
1. You desperately crave freedom
If you are living with your parents during summer break, it has probably left you feeling a little confined. College allows you to do what you want, when you want and make your own decisions - without justifying every single one to your parents.
2. Your parents are (slightly) overbearing
Of course they only do it out of love, but it can be a huge adjustment from college to being back with parents.
3. Campus life is always buzzing
There is always something to do, an event to go to, free food to be eaten and friends to meet.
4. Campus in general
Leaving campus reminds you how gorgeous and underappreciated it really is. Also, you are ready for a much-needed change of scenery.
5. Having friends less than five minutes away
Having your entire friend circle split across the state (or even the country) makes you miss having them just a phone call or walk away.
6. Sports and tailgates
Football season is a favorite, and you are so ready for the barbecues and game day attire.
7. You have a brand new wardrobe that you’re ready to rock
You have accumulated an impressive back-to-school wardrobe that is just waiting to be worn all over campus.
8. You miss big school events
Whether it is a guest lecture, concerts or homecoming events, you miss the fun (and free) events.
9. You can't avoid running into people from high school
Even though you have drastically improved since high school, the past is just that and running into old acquaintances isn't exactly your favorite thing.
10. You miss the steady social life
Whether it be parties, happy hour or going out to dinner, your social life at school is fab - at home, it is checking social media.
11. Skype just isn't cutting it anymore
You want your best friend, and you want her now. Skype and Facetime are better than nothing at all, but you can't wait until she is back by your side.
12. Being able to eat what you want, when you want
If you are staying with your parents, they might give you trouble about what you are eating. While they might be right about eating better, a milkshake or large fries once in a while never hurt anybody.
13. Constant coffee runs
Whether you run on Dunkin' or Starbucks, you miss the constant supply of caffeine. Coffee trips, like the coffee itself, are abundant and plentiful throughout the semester.
14. You feel like you're 15 again
Sure, you love having your parents to help with laundry and cook (edible) meals. But, it also leaves you with the feeling of being back in high school, and wanting to do things on your own again (okay, except laundry).
15. Having the option of the dining halls
Okay, so you don't actually miss the food at the dining hall, but you miss it as an easy way out of cooking. It might be a bit overpriced compared to off-campus options, but you don't have to change out of your pajamas and it is open until the late hours of the night, so it is clearly well worth it.
16. Scoping out campus cuties in your classes
You might not have enjoyed the class subject, but the cute boy that you scoped out at the beginning of the semester made the class a bit more bearable.
17. You even miss classes in general
Now is the time when you are finished with introduction classes and start the core classes for your major, which you are (not so) secretly really excited about.
18. You miss trying new things
Being at home for the summer limits you to be one person, but being away at school gives you the freedom to experiment. Whether you want to try going vegetarian or revamp your personal style, it is the perfect place to try new things.
19. You miss the growth and discovery
You grow more in four years in college than you could even fathom before. Sure, you continue to grow at home, but the real growth and discovery of yourself usually happens away from home.
20. Always meeting new people
Between classes, extracurricular activities and social events, you are always meeting new people at school.
21. Opportunities to get involved
There are hundreds of different ways to get involved on your campus, which could sometimes lead to you discovering your true passion!
22. Late night pizza deliveries
Because your parents would totally judge you for ordering a large, extra cheese pizza at 3 a.m.
23. Pulling all nighters
Yes, they are brutal and leave you feeling awful the next day. But usually, they result in a great exam grade or lasting memories with friends, which is something that you will only experience in college.
24. Exploring and going on adventures
You might finally try that local coffee shop that everyone has been raving about, or go on a spontaneous long weekend trip with friends. It is a time to explore and find new places that are both local and destination.
25. All of the school spirit
You miss everybody bleeding your school colors and always throwing up your symbol. It is the norm, and you do not have to compete with other schools like you do with friends from home.
26. It has become your second home
You have started referring to both where you are from and your college town as home, because they both are. You love both equally, and they will always be home to you. But your college campus holds a special place in your heart, and you can't wait to go back.