I went to college in New Jersey, but home for me was all the way back in Connecticut and sometimes it just wasn’t worth the time, money, and stress that came with packing up and traveling home. So, unless there was a break where it was mandatory to leave campus or it was an extra long weekend or longer, I usually stayed at school. Easter was no exception.
For the first 3 years of my college career, I spent every Easter weekend at school. Alone. And I would be lying if I didn’t say those were some of the best weekends ever. Sometimes a gal (guys too!) just needs to enjoy the luxury of having her room alllll to herself with nobody to impress and no plans to follow through with. So really this isn’t as much a survival guide as it is a “how to spend Easter weekend” list of all of the little, yet epic things you should do if you’re “stuck” on campus when the Easter Bunny comes to visit.
1. Eat obscene amounts of candy
Easier if you have awesome parents who send you Easter care packages, but totally doable if you can get to a grocery store stat. Stock up on everything Easter-y, good or bad. That means jelly beans (I can’t even tell you how many Sweet Tarts jelly beans I ate but it’s a number I am embarrassed by), Cadbury Creme Eggs, and my absolute favorite, Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme Eggs. Just don’t eat Peeps (they’re better for microwaving!)
2. Take the longest shower of your entire life
This may be one of your only opportunities to take a long, hot shower in your college career. Whether you live in a suite with several roommates and share a bathroom with your friends, or you live in a big dorm with only a couple of bathrooms to a floor, this is your chance. Everyone else is home for the weekend, so take that long, hot, relaxing shower that you deserve (you just survived midterms, after all!)
3. Break out the sweatpants
No one is on campus and what does that mean? No one is there to judge you (not that you should let that stop you from wearing sweatpants anyway.) Break out your most comfortable sweats and relish in the moment. And if you do run into anyone, this is what you say:
And not a single bother was given that day.
4. Get all of your laundry done
You know what happens when everyone goes home for Easter? Nobody is there hogging the entire laundry room. No one is there to take your clean clothes out of the wash and drop them in a pile on the floor so that they can use the washer (ever walk in on this happening? Yeah, not cool.) So now is the perfect time to do your laundry. It may not be the most glamorous thing in the world, but it does feel fabulous.
5. Clean your room (while blasting music)
When your roomie is present, it’s sometimes impossible to blast music or even just listen to the kind of music you really like. It’s also difficult to clean and organize things (or just get stuff done in general) when someone else is in your way. I mean, sometimes I just really wanted to listen to the Backstreet Boys and clean my closet. Other times, all I wanted to do was listen to Deftones and organize my desk. No matter the tunes, now your roommate’s gone so there’s SO much more room for activities!
Just, yeah…don’t do that.
6. Netflix, Netflix, Netflix
Need I say more? Watch anything you want on Netflix and indulge, indulge, indulge. Law and Order: SVU? Done. Bonus points if you watch something you’re embarrassed to like, like The Secret Life of the American Teenager (guilty as charged.)
7. Eat more candy (while you Netflix)
No explanation needed.
8. Actually sleep for once
College and sleep usually don’t go hand in hand. But on Easter weekend, when you’re all by yourself and there are no parties to attend and nobody to hang out with, sleep is there. In fact, sleep is going to make you an offer you just can’t refuse. You won’t want to, anyway.