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Adjusting to Home

It’s nice that the semester is over. Papers are in, projects are done, and there’s an entire summer open for activities. No more all-nighters, surviving on coffee, or staring absently at a book or screen hoping to understand.

Instead, there’s home, wherever that may be, and for most of us, that means parents and siblings and distance from college friends.

Adjusting to this can be difficult. I think it is. At college, I decide what I do and when I do it. I choose my commitments and priorities. Nobody questions it. I am fully an adult (mostly) and am treated as such.

But at home, waiting to give their input, are my parents. They care what I’m doing and when I’m doing it and believe they have better ideas of how I should be spending my time. They care if I watch Doctor Who for five hours straight or play Pokemon all day.

There’s also adjusting from seeing hundreds of different people a day to definitely seeing at least four (or however many people live in your house).

And the food! Sure, it’s homemade and that is wonderful, but there’s no buffet, and you might be expected to make it yourself (I often am, not that I mind).

It is an entirely different life, especially since I won’t be working before I leave for Scotland in June.

I try to remember that my parents are used to me being younger, their child, and are only trying to help. I try to make sure I have things to do during the day, but given that I’ve played Bejeweled Blitz all morning the last two days, I’d say I need to do better at that. I also try to keep some of my routine, such as exercising, so I’m not changing too much.

But mostly, I try to remember that I’ll be living here for another few weeks and will keep coming back to live here until I am able to move out, and that my parents are helping me through college…so I shouldn’t be too hard on them, and should maybe clean a bit once in a while.

Graduation…My Brother’s, That Is

Last Saturday, I had the honor of being able to see my twin brother graduate with his associates degree…just in time for him to start working full-time this passed Monday. It was a long day since we had to wake before the sun to get there in time, but it was worth it to see him in a cap and gown, getting his diploma.

The experience got me thinking about how fast we’ve grown up. I’m only twelve minutes older than him, so there isn’t much of an age difference to put his experience into perspective. We are the same age, and he’s engaged and graduated. I still remember going to his youth baseball games, senior night for football/cheerleading when our parents had to walk out twice, once with him and once with me. I still remember dropping him off at school and meeting some of his suitemates, who are now a few of his closest friends.

So he has a degree and a fiance and a full-time job.

And I have…plans to be in school for at least another two years, most likely plus however much grad school I decide to take.

Still, I keep thinking ahead, to when I’ll be getting my diploma, because I know I’ll be looking back on his graduation and pondering that it wasn’t so long ago.

But I have another two years for that, at least, and I’m proud of my brother for getting so far in life.

Easter Through the Years

My fellow McBlogger, Steph Glassick, talked about her experiences of having Easter away from home and I thought I would join in on that topic. She is from California and I am from Colorado, so we both cannot go home for the weekend.

Luckily, I have an aunt and uncle that live in Alexandria, Virginia, and it is only about an hour and a half away.  I went to their house for Easter freshmen year and I am here now for this Easter Sunday. They have a three year old named Brody, so it is fun doing Easter activities with him! Today, we went to the Children’s Mass and then we visited their friend’s house for lunch. They had so much delicious food! The little kids also did an Easter egg hunt and that was so cute to watch :)

Sophomore year, I was studying abroad during Easter. I actually spent most of Easter Sunday in the airport, flying from Italy back to Hungary. However, the day before, I was with my two friends in Italy and Lucia  (who is a native Italian) bought us the tradition chocolate Easter eggs that they have. There is a little toy inside the middle of the chocolate egg! It was cool being a part of another culture’s traditions for Easter.

Junior year I decided to spend Easter with my roommate and fellow McBlogger, Maria Brew. Her family is so kind and welcoming, and I had a great time spending the weekend with them. We had a beautiful Easter dinner and ate so much food!

I am fortunate to have several options for Easter, that I do not usually get homesick around this time. Of course, I would love to be at home, but I have family close by and my friends’ families are my second families. I hope everyone had a happy Easter!

Easter and being away from home

Easter is right around the corner and whether you celebrate it or not it is still a good weekend to go home and get away from school. Since I am so far from home I unfortunately cannot make it there and back in a weekend.

Good news though, I have an Aunt that lives about 30 minutes away in Littlestown, PA. Both my freshman and sophomore years, I was able to go up to her house for Easter and still be with family. This year I will be doing the same. I am looking forward to some home cooked meals and spending time with my cousins!

Last year, I had a little bit of a different experience since I was abroad. My mom came to visit and it just happened to be Easter weekend when she first arrived. I originally had nothing planned for us but then decided I should make her an Easter basket. I enjoyed finding little things about Budapest that were traditionally Hungarian items. We also went to the Basilica on Easter Sunday. Although the whole service was in Hungarian it was still pretty amazing. Plus, the only way to see the inside of the Basilica is if you go to church, what a better way to show my mom then on Easter Sunday.

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend! I know I will!

Skype

Skype is one of my favorite things. It allows me to see my parents and friends while they are abroad.

This past Sunday I was able to skype with my parents and a family friend while they were having dinner. Although I love it here on The Hill sometimes I do get homesick. By being able to skype I am able to see my parents and this tends to help.

I also was able to skype one of my friends while she is abroad in Budapest. As she told me about her recent adventures I was able to share stories with her about what was going on on campus as well.

I remember trying to skype one of my friends while I was abroad. We could not get the connection to last longer then five minutes to save our lives. Although we talked to five minutes then hung out and called again and again and again we still were able to talk and hear about what was going on with each other.

What I am trying to say is that if you are going far away from home or looking to study abroad but are afraid of missing everyone to much there is a solution. Skype has helped me and several of my friends and I strongly suggest everyone gets one before coming to college.

Hope everyone has a great day!