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7 Things You Don’t Realize You’re Thankful for Until You Go Home for the Holidays

The Holiday season in college signals the start of students returning home. It provides a much-needed break for students who are juggling school, clubs, and a social life. When I returned home for the holidays during my first year of college, I realized I was blessed with many people and opportunities that sometimes students take for granted. As you are enjoying your return home for Thanksgiving, here is a list of the things you do not realize you are thankful for until you go home for the holidays!

1. Food

I never missed my mom’s food so much until I went away to school. Dining hall food can get repetitive and feel as though there is a lack of options after awhile. When I am home and I have the option of going out to eat or eating my mom’s cooking, I always choose my mom’s food and try to have as much of it as possible before I return to campus.

2. Privacy

Living with a roommate means a lack of privacy. Roommates are great because you constantly have a person to talk to, but sometimes you just want a room to yourself. I love going home and laying in bed all day. It is great to blast my music and watch television while not having to worry about disturbing my roommates.

3. Hot Water and No Shower Shoes

“I love communal showers,” said no one ever. They are an unnecessary evil that all college students must suffer through. I am so happy when I go home and do not have to reach for my shower shoes. Besides the lack of needing to shower with shoes, there is also an endless supply of hot water at home. More often than not, there is a likely chance your shower will get cold in a communal shower.

4. Not Having to Uber Everywhere

Fairfield does not allow students to have cars on campus until junior year, so until then, you have to take an Uber anytime you want to leave campus. After a while, this can leave a dent in your wallet. At home, you do not have to worry about the lack of transportation because people have their cars available to come and go as they desire. If you are from a city like me, you have the train or bus at your availability, too.

5. Pets

Pets make the best friends. When asking my friends what they are most excited to see when they go home, most say their pets. While I do not own any pets, I do know they are bundles of energy that can brighten your day. Most people miss cuddling with their pets and playing outside with them.

6. Home Friends

I love my friends from college, but it is great going home and reuniting with your childhood friends. These friendships can last despite not seeing each other for months or not talking for weeks, so when you see these friends, it is as if no time has passed.

7. Family

College students occasionally take their families for granted. They give us so much, but we often give them so little in return. With the hectic nature of college, students can forget to call their family and check in with them. Going home and seeing your support system is one of the best feelings. Family is forever, so do not neglect them.

Happy Holidays, collegiettes! Enjoy and be thankful for all that you have!


Danielle Vazzano is a senior at Fairfield University and is from New York City. She is majoring in English/Professional Writing and minoring in Politics and Catholic Studies. Some of her favorite things include hanging out with friends, reading, and exploring. She studied abroad in Florence, Italy during the Spring 2019 semester.
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