My love-hate relationship with summer vacation

Illustration of a person in the summer partially floating in water, partially surrounded by a bed and electronics
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Summer also meant being away from home, having to deal with college applications or courses, having to interact with people I’d usually never interact with and dealing with a lot of situations that I generally like to avoid. Although I continued to love the beautiful weather and the thrill of traveling, I quickly began to long for my more ordinary day-to-day life.
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photo of a house

A city that is half mine: Reflecting on my hometown

I think everyone experiences this when traveling home for the first time in a while: the realization that the city we call home doesn’t hold its breath and wait for us to return. It keeps growing, decaying, expanding and even booming in our wake. 
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