1. When all of your friends leave for school in early August and you're stuck wallowing in the heat all alone for a good month...
2. ... but eventually, the day comes when you drag your suitcases full of winter clothes to the airport.
3. Sadly, you get to school only to find that it is warmer all the way up here than it was at home.
4. Introducing yourself to people and realizing Northerners do not know basic U.S. geography.
5. You suffer from the dearth of all good fast-food restaurants.
6. You randomly meet other people from your state and have an immediate connection with them.
7. And when you see them around campus, you're both like:
8. When it flurries in late September, YOU GET SO EXCITED.
9. And all your friends from up North just sit inside and judge you like:
10. You get really excited for a "barbecue," only to arrive and realize that it's just hamburgers and hot dogs.
11. You think that you don't have an accent, but your friends manage to find the one word you can't help but pronounce differently than them.
12. You watch football on Sundays and have nobody to cheer on your team with because everyone is a Patriots fan.
13. You begin to catch yourself saying "you guys" instead of "y'all."
14. You live vicariously through all of your friends' game-day snapchat stories at SEC or ACC football and basketball games on Saturdays.
15. Seeing the sun start to set at 4:15 in the afternoon.
16. You know that all of your friends will be complaining about sub-freezing temperatures while you are dealing with sub-zero wind chills.
17. However, the cold weather really puts you in the Christmas spirit, and you plan out all the fun things you are going to do when it snows.
18. But at the same time, it is still really cold and you cry frozen tears on the way to class every morning...
19. ...and a little piece of you dies inside when you see snap stories from back home, where it is 70 degrees and sunny.
20. When people still hold doors open for you, say please & thank you, and are, for the most part, polite, and you realize that people here aren't quite so bad after all.
21. And even though you may have a new family that is closer to Canada than it is to home, nothing beats coming back home.
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