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Happy Friday! As you all know, I love all things fashion and beauty, hence the blog. But I also love sharing about lifestyle. I first and foremost refer to my blog as a lifestyle blog, because fashion and beauty are a part of that, but so are many other things. I love to write and I want to talk about things that you all can relate to on a personal level. So today’s post is more lifestyle!
I do want to first mention this dress from Nordstrom! I just bought it this past week so they definitely have it. It is perfect for summer and I love the smocked details and off the shoulder style! The burnt orange rustic look also goes really well with a tan (or sunburn in my case). The gold lariat necklace goes perfect with it. I’m also wearing my absolute favorite MAC lipstick–Twig. I know it’s summer, but this color makes me feel so pretty every time I wear it, and I am all for feeling my best! Also love Toms wedges. They are so stylish now and comfortable too!
When it comes to college, everyone has a different experience. One thing that most can relate to on some level is coming home for the summer, whether it be every summer or just one. I’ve been home for over a month now, and most of my friends have only been home for about a week. Some are home for a week and then off to study abroad, some are home for the entire summer, some working and some in a totally new part of the country.
While college is an adjustment itself, so is summer, which most people don’t talk about. The summer after freshman year is usually pretty typical for most–coming back home, getting job and seeing a ton of old friends asking about their first year of school. After that, things get a bit different.
While coming home for summer for me is only a 30-minute drive down the interstate and I do also have a place to stay up on campus, it’s been an adjustment and I know it has been for almost every other college student whether they know it or not, and here’s why:
You spend a year on your own and all of a sudden come home to answering to your parents again. This one isn’t a big deal, but I do find it funny! There are a ton of funny memes and such circulating social media that say, “I would leave my dorm at 11 and not come home until 4am and now my parents want to know when I’m leaving the grocery store,” or things like that. It is an adjustment though! You learn to be on your own and not answer to many people, and then have to get back to the old ways of keeping in touch with your parents if that’s the case for you.
You have less people to see. More people are off in New York doing internships, or in Europe for study abroad. During the school year most everyone is together on campus, maybe studying abroad, but for the most part you see who you want to see. Summer is the time where people leave and adventure and get more experience and learn. Whether you’re the one at home working, or in a new place working, there are less familiar people in all situations.
You’re probably busier in a new way. It comes with growing up, but you’re probably taking on more responsibility–if you’ve got a full time internship, or working more jobs than in the past, or living in a new place, it probably feels bigger and busier than in the past.
You miss college! Last but not least, you miss the school year and everything that comes with it. I’m just assuming this one but I’ve heard a lot of friends say this one already! I personally miss the hustle and bustle on campus and being around so many people my age who are so similar to me. Summer is great, but dare I say the school year is better? I know I’m not the only one thinking this 😉
I know everyone’s situation is always different, but I thought these were some of the most relatable adjustments when coming home for the summer while in college. What are your biggest adjustments? Have a great weekend everyone, thank you for spending a few minutes with me!