As winter break comes to a close, most of us are just itching to get back to college. Suddenly your hometown seems smaller than before, your parents have started nagging you to clean your room (and every other room in the house), and you’re getting sick of spending your nights in your best friend’s basement like you did every Friday night in high school.
Of course, you obviously appreciated the delicious home-cooked meals and the ability to leave your house without having to take the Comm Ave bus, but the painful withdrawal is enough to make you want to drop what you’re doing and hop on the next bus/train/plane back to Boston. In order to survive the long week before heading back to our dorms, here are a few ways to cope with your BC separation anxiety:
1. Blast music and have a Mod-worthy dance party
“Gangnam Style” and “Thrift Shop” are Mod-party staples, so crank the volume on your iTunes all the way up and dance your pants off like you’re back in the Mods. Other friends are optional – if you want the true Mod effect you might want a large crowd dancing way too close for comfort, but solo dance parties in your bedroom work just as well.
2. When you eat at the mall food court, ditch the tray
Every BC student knows that trays should never be used unless you’re sledding down the Duchesne hill. Ditch your tray and use the expert balancing skills that you’ve acquired from months of dining hall practice.
3. Sport your best BC gear
What better way to feel like you’re back at BC than wearing something that shows off your school spirit? Bonus points if you rock your Superfan shirt out and about. There couldn’t be a better time to shine with Boston pride now that Notre Dame has lost the National Championship.
4. Wear flip-flops in the shower
You may have the most pristine, sparkling shower in the land, but having to wear flip-flops automatically brings you back to the gross, hair-covered communal showers we all know and tolerate.
5. Watch an entire season of a TV show on Netflix
For those of us not lucky enough to have a TV in our dorm rooms, Netflix is like the Holy Grail of procrastination. Ignore the fact that there is a TV in your living room, sit in your bed with a bowl of popcorn and your laptop, and glue your eyes to the screen like a zombie. WARNING: Watching “The Walking Dead” may result in actual zombification.
6. Go to the gym
It may not be the Plex, but busting out a power-workout or lifting some weights at your local gym will make you feel like you’re back with all of the other sweaty, toned BC students. Plus, you’ll get a rockin’ bod in the process. It’s a win-win.
7. Set an alarm clock
Remember that little box that makes an awful beeping sound that causes you to hit “snooze” five times before actually rolling out of bed? Set your alarm clock for a time that’s not terribly early but still forces you to get up before 2 p.m. You’ll be surprised how productive you can be with all that extra time.
8. Eat your own version of Late Night
One of the most dearly missed aspects of BC life is Late Night. It’s a struggle not to be able to swipe a card at 11:30 p.m. and have mozzarella sticks and chicken fingers fresh and ready to be greedily devoured. Go to the supermarket and stock up on frozen fingers, fries, and mozz sticks so you can satisfy that midnight snack craving.
9. Skype your roommate(s)
Your roommate is the one person you see every day when you wake up and when you go to sleep. Suddenly, your bedroom at home seems so dark and lonely. Schedule a Skype date with your roomie before you return so you can remember what each other’s faces look like and give each other a virtual tour of that other place you live when you’re not in your home sweet dorm.
10. Read The Gavel
Just because you’re on break doesn’t mean The Gavel has taken a break from publishing awesome articles online every day for your reading pleasure!