1. You’re finally done with all of your exams.
Who cares what grade you made? You feel like an A+, and that’s what truly matters.
2. And you’re ready to start summer vacation.
3 months of sunshine, relaxation, and fun!
3. You get to see all of your awesome high school friends.
The gang is back!
4. You can sleep in your own bed again!
One that’s NOT made out of pleather and cardboard!
5. You have parents who can do your laundry and, if you’re really lucky, buy you things.
Because their baby bird has returned to the nest (for better or for worse). Let the coddling begin!
6. You get to shower in a clean bathroom that you don’t share with 20 other people.
As a female college student, I can verify the fact that even girls’ communal bathrooms in dorms are DISGUSTING!
7. And eat food that (hopefully) doesn’t come out of the microwave or a gross cafeteria.
Because if there’s one thing parents love, it’s cooking for their newly-returned children.
8. Oh, and don’t forget the joys of driving around town.
You don’t even have to have a reason. Just go where the wind takes you.
9. And all of the beautiful and relaxing free time you’ll have.
No school, no stress, no worries.
10. But after a while, reality sets in.
It takes a few days (maybe even a few weeks) for the end-of-school haze to wear off.
11. Because the truth is, being home for the summer is kind of awkward.
All of those “perks” that come with being at home have their downsides as well.
12. Eventually, you’ll get tired of every. single. person. asking how your first year was.
And you’ll develop a precise answer, which you’ll have to repeat at least 20 times to your family members, your friends’ family members, and random acquaintances.
13. It’ll take you a couple of weeks to get used to being around your highschool friends, who have all these new inside jokes and stories that you don’t understand.
It doesn’t mean you love them any less, but it’s just a little weird that you all don’t know everything and everyone in each others’ lives.
14. You’ll be forced to do all the chores you were able to escape for the past semester.
You know that comfy bed you get to sleep in? Yeah, you have to make that up. But you always did that in college anyway, right? (Ok, maybe you just told your parents that…)
15. And once you receive your student bill, you’ll realize how broke you really are.
This is when parents get all sneaky and use lines like, “But I thought you were an adult? We don’t need to pay for your things.”
16. Which means you’ll have to get a job.
And not some sort of cool internship either. You’re probably going to be stuck way down on the bottom of the work totem pole. Because awesome internships that are both exciting and look good on a resume normally don’t pay very well and are VERY hard to get.
17. All that homemade food (and junk food that’s now a vital part of your diet) is not gonna help you get rid of your freshman fifteen
As hard as it is to accept, ramen noodles, mac and cheese, and alcohol actually have a good amount of calories.
18. Hopefully, you brought your car with you to college and you’re not driving for the first time in 4 months.
But you’ll probably get back into the groove after having several close calls with the police (who are far less lenient than campus police when it comes to speeding).
19. And though it may seem hard to believe, all of that wonderful free time will eventually become boring.
You can only take so much “me time.”
20. And soon you’ll go back to doing what you did at college: sleeping and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix.
Hey, that new season of Orange is the New Black is not gonna watch itself!
21. But at least you don’t have any of that nasty homework and studying to get in the way!
Unless you’re like me and signed up to take a summer course….why do I do these things?