So you managed to finish the semester. You’ve passed all of your final exams and completed all of your papers. You’ve got a summer job or internship to look forward to! But… you’ll be living at home.
After the liberty of being on your own at college, transitioning back to living with your parents can sometimes be tough.
Instead of the freedom of your residence hall, your parents enforce a strict curfew.
Instead of casually hanging out with your roommates and friends, you’re stuck with your siblings.
Instead of roaming around your fun college town, you’re back in your hometown, where there seems to be absolutely nothing to do.
We’ve all been there, and we’re on the verge of returning there once again as the semester winds down. So how can you get through these next three months of (limited) freedom?
Here are a few tips so you can stay sane and make the most out of your summer at home:
Throw yourself into your job or internship
Your work might seem menial or boring to you, but if you’re efficient at your job or internship, there might be a greater pay-off.
Unpaid internships foster valuable connections that may help you snag a job later – networking is everything, after all – and many internships end with employment offers.
The more time and effort you put into your work, the more you’re likely to learn, and the more your employer is likely to notice.
Even your average summer gig can provide some unexpected resume benefits. Try to pick up a few new qualifications at your job this summer – working a fax machine, dealing with angry customers and working within a deadline might become useful skills to have for future employment.
Befriend Mom and Dad
Studies have shown that throughout their first years away at school, college students rely upon their parents for advice, support and self-confidence boosts.
But going home to your parents’ restrictions can be a difficult transition after only being held accountable to your own – often rather lax – rules for a year. It can be trying on your relationship, but why not take the opportunity to appreciate and get to know your parents a little more?
ou’ll not only become closer, but who knows, maybe they’ll lighten up on some of their rules as they consider the maturity you attained through your independence at school.
And living at home might be good practice for when you graduate from college – research shows that, as a result of the economy, around 85% of college graduates will move back in to their parents’ homes.
Get re-acquainted with your friends from home
When we go away to college, our old friendships are more likely to fizzle out than are those that we make while at school.
It can be difficult to maintain a friendship when you’re far from home, and sometimes your high school pals are forgotten in the excitement and chaos of a new semester.
Summer is the ideal time to rekindle your old friendships: Not only are most of your friends probably home, but they’re also probably just as desperate to readjust to living at home as you are!
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