It’s midterm season! Trust me, I’ve been talking to many of you lately, and I can tell you’re all a bit stressed. I get that. I’ve been there.

It was always hard for me to go home during college—especially during the holidays. It always made for a mixed bag of emotions, expectations, and disappointments. Depending on the year and the type of family dynamics, visits and gatherings can feel very awkward, or even bleak.