The 8 Best Parts of Coming Home for Winter Break

Winter Break is so close, and we’re all anxious with anticipation to escape the confines of our campus. Fed up with final papers, presentations and exams, we Gators are just about ready for this semester to come to a close. Here are just a couple of things we’re most looking forward to about being home this holiday season.

1. Food that doesn’t require multi-step microwave instructions

After weeks of food that’s frozen, dehydrated, canned and every form of preserved, nothing tastes as good as a home-cooked meal. Even meals that you might’ve groaned and complained about as a kid evoke a certain nostalgia and appreciation as a college student returning home. Make sure to enjoy every meal because it’ll be back to microwavable insta-meals in what’ll feel like the blink of an eye.

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This post was a top chapter article on Her Campus, on Dec. 18, 2014!

 

The 9 Most Annoying Conversation Starters You’ll Hear During Winter Break

Oh, the holidays. A time when you’re reunited with all of your beloved friends and family to catch up on college life and hear about months of missed gossip. This usually leads, however, to a very predictable and tired list of conversation starters that get old very fast. Here are some of the most annoying ones:

1. “Wow, you’ve really gained/lost weight!”

Said by: Complete random family friend at a holiday party who you are in no way comfortable holding a full conversation with and have probably been trying to avoid the entire time.
What you want to say: “Can we not comment on the physical appearance of my body, please? After the hell that is finals week that weight gain or loss wasn’t intentional nor was it pleasant, and I’m already aware of it.”
What you’ll actually say: “Yeah, that dining hall food, am I right?”

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Something Wicked This Way Comes

Today being the last day of Thanksgiving break, a general sense of panic is settling in — which likely won’t abate until the start of winter break. Only two weeks are left of the fall semester, and all of the work that I class work I may have slacked off on is coming back with a vengeance. Finals week (aka Hell week) from freshman year is literally the worst experience of college I’ve had… a dark stain on what was an otherwise great year of new friends, experiences, and acclimation to the college environment. Too many late — yet unproductive — nights leading up to exams was a harsh reality check on the fact that none of us really knew how to study coming in to college.

I’ve learned so much in the past year about the basics of a good work-ethic that my self-assured freshman self thought she already knew. Hopefully, I won’t repeat some of the same mistakes I made last year in my freshman-year naiveté. That being said, these next two weeks are going to be rough as hell, no matter what I do.

I’m so looking forward to winter break and what will hopefully be a non-stop reading marathon. This semester, my “to-read” list has grown to a near unmanageable length, so the goal is to blaze through as many of them as possible when I have time off. I’ve tried to incentivize it in this way: work as hard as you can the next two weeks to make winter break feel that much more deserved and enjoyable. Hopefully that’ll be enough to keep me motivated through the maelstrom of finals week.