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Nadira Berman

The Summer After Senior Year: Being Thankful

Like many of you, I’m very excited to leave home and start college. But that’s not to say that there aren’t things that I’ll miss. There are many reasons why living at home is great. Take some time to be thankful while you still can. Here is some stuff you shouldn’t take for granted.


Home-cooked meals

Before you’re stuck with the dining hall for a year, savor the fresher food you get at home. Although you may not love everything your parents make, all of it will likely be better (and cheaper) than much of the junk food you’ll have to eat at college.

You’ll probably also lose access to a kitchen, so if you like to cook, make a lot of different dishes this summer while you still have the chance.


Your own room

You’ll probably have a roommate, which can be nice if you get lonely. But sometimes, it will definitely suck. No roommates agree on absolutely everything and get along with each other one hundred percent of the time. That’s normal. But enjoy the privacy, peace and quiet you have at home. And appreciate your bed, closet, desk, and all of the other stuff you’ll be leaving behind.


No flip-flops in the shower

I don’t think I’m alone when I say that I’m not excited for communal bathrooms. I love my shower at home. I love the fact that I don’t have to wear flip-flops while in it. Or lug a shower caddy back and forth from my room every day. These are all pretty minor inconveniences but it will definitely be a transition to get used to the new college bathroom routine.


All of your family and friends

These are your last few months before almost a full year without the people you love. Spend time with them. Show them you how thankful you are for all of their support. You won’t realize how much you’ll miss them. Video chatting can’t replace being with each other in person.


About Nadira Berman

As a Summer Marketing Intern, Nadira is excited to help high schoolers prepare for the SAT and ACT. As a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, she is considering studying economics. In her free time, she reports for the school newspaper and styles photo shoots for the school's fashion magazine. Besides fashion and journalism, her passions include bagels, smoothies and Netflix.

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