We all love the holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas are some of the most exciting days of the year. We look forward to the break from school, the great food, and getting see our families. But once the holidays actually arrive, we find ourselves stressed out more than ever. Here are 10 reasons the holidays cause you stress in college:
1.) Finals. Yes, you are so excited about going home for a few days, but you have the impending doom of finals on the horizon between Thanksgiving and Christmas and you can’t fully relax and enjoy yourself because you have final papers to write, assignments to get in, miracles to work to save your GPA, and need to use some vacation time to study. And if your family is like mine, chances are you have minimal time alone when your home to get anything done.
2.) The “what are you doing with your life” question comes up way more than you’d like (especially since you’d not like for it to come up at all). You think you sort of have a plan for your life, but you have changed majors about 4 times and the job market is always changing so you honestly have no idea where you’ll be once (and if) you graduate. Your family doesn’t fully understand this, and they keep pestering you until you finally give a generic answer like “Oh I want to work as a banker” so that they’ll drop it.
3.) Your family tries getting way too involved in your love life. If you have a significant other that comes around for holidays, then they are constantly drilled with embarrassing questions from your family and shown a plethora of embarrassing baby photos. If you’re single, you are constantly asked “why are you still single?” and you can’t answer with “because I like Netflix and my bed better than other people” so you have to smile and say “Oh I just haven’t found the one yet!”.
4.) You are probably stuck on babysitting duty as soon as you cross the threshold of your house. Any younger siblings or cousins become your responsibility for some reason. You love them all, but they also remind you why you don’t want to have kids for another 10 years.
5.) You don’t actually get to sleep in. Even though that is one of your main goals on break is to sleep until noon everyday, your family is so excited that you’re home, they have a daily itinerary that starts promptly at 9:00 every morning and you are a main participant. You are really happy to see your family, but you’d be even happier to see them after 12 hours of sleep. It would probably be beneficial for everyone if that happened.
6.) You get a little homesick when you’re home. You realize how little you are there and it makes you sad, but you’re glad that you have the opportunity to be going to college and being away so much makes you appreciate home more.
7.) You’re broke. You barely make ends meet to pay rent ever month, you don’t have a Christmas fun put back for gifts. So you constantly stress about how you are going to get everyone’s Christmas presents taken care of since you virtually have no money.
8.) You have to miss work. Speaking of being broke, it doesn’t help your financial situation that you are missing chunks of work to be driving all the way home and staying for 4 of 5 days. You know that you could be working more than usual because you don’t have class, but you are missing all of those hours to be home.
9.) You feel a bit restricted in what you can or can’t do when you’re home. You’re used to being on your own and going and doing as you please, but when you’re home your parents’ old rules kick back in. You know it’s because they love you and still see you as their baby, but it can be a bit suffocating when you want to go see friends from home.
10.) You are constantly asked by family members what you want for Christmas, and not wanting to sound pathetic, but being completely serious you say “Money for rent and food” because that’s all you really need.
Yes, the holidays can bring about a bit of stress, but they don’t call it the most wonderful time of the year for nothing! As stressful as it can be, getting to spend time with the people you love most is worth it. They have always been there for you and always will be, even though you are growing up and it’s hard for them to take.