Once I found out that I had no classes on Tuesday the week of Turkey Break, I was like “Peace out Wellesley,”. About a week from now I will be back in sunny California and far from cold, autumnal Massachusetts.

Believe me, I am so ready for this break. November has always been the toughest year for me to get through. Every year I keep thinking that it can’t get any worse….but it does… needless to say I can’t wait to be lazy back home.

Coming back home is always bittersweet. It’s super sweet in that I get to see my family again and eat home cooked meals. The bitter part comes in seeing how much my pre-teen brother is growing. He can no longer fit in my carry on. Whenever I get home I feel like more and more of a stranger. I’ve changed so much throughout my semesters here.

I’m thinking back and can’t believe I was so shy during my first year. I mean now my parents don’t even know that I have organized a whole peace march with 200 plus people to protest against hate crimes. College really does change you, and it’s not until you get home when you realize how huge that change has been.

As for the friendships, I certainly have noticed a difference. My number of friends at home have dwindled down to a small bunch. I live almost 3000 miles away from home and as such the time zone difference does me no favors. I’ll admit that I sometimes feel hella lonely back home, but I know for a fact that the friends that I do still have are the life-long friends kind.

I should probably stop procrastinating on my seminar paper… need to get this done so I can start doing another equally time-consuming bullet point on the agenda. I suppose the silver lining is that I won’t have nearly so much to do when I’m home! I can legit be lazy and not feel guilty about it!!