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Flying back to the nest
May 31, 2016
Going home after experiencing the freedom college allows can be a rough adjustment. Remember that summer should be fun, and fall semester isn’t too far away.
Attending a residential college means no curfew, an unlimited meal plan and the first real taste of independence for many teens.
Then summer comes, and it’s gone. The birds all fly back to the nest.
Living with your parents after being away at school can be a real struggle. When I go back home, it feels odd to ask if I can have friends come over or to have someone ask me where I was going whenever I left.
I also hate driving everywhere. On campus, I rarely use my car because my classes, the gym, the library and all my friends were well within walking distance.
At home, my friends all live just far enough away that I have to drive to see them, then drive to go to the mall, see a movie or grab a bite to eat.
To be honest, I also get kind of bored.
I like school. Homework and I may not be the best of friends, but classes and extracurriculars always keep me busy and meeting new people. Plus, there is always a lecture, concert or sporting event going on somewhere, too.
Back in my hometown, I have Netflix, naps and a summer job. Not exactly stimulating.
It is an adjustment I do not think I have ever fully made. I count down the days until I move back to campus almost as soon as I go home.
Nothing will ever make this change easy. College is a step toward becoming an adult, and living with your parents feels like going backward.
But try to enjoy the bright spots when you’re home. Hang out with high school friends and family. Make some money for late night food runs. Sleep more to make up for finals week. Explore your city instead of getting trapped in the Netflix autoplay trap.
Also, act like you are at school by taking on responsibilities. Do your laundry and the dishes. Apply for more scholarships. Manage your money and your time.
Remember that you will go back to school soon enough. You’ve got this.
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