Now that classes have ended and finals have begun, students are constantly reminding themselves of one motivation… summer. For some students, summer means staying in Charlottesville or moving to another city for an internship, but for many it means returning home.
Home is a huge adjustment to students and especially for those that will be finishing their first year. After spending an entire year at school eating whenever and whatever, coming home late at night (or early in the morning), spending money without parents around, partying, and making new and different kinds of friends it will undoubtedly be an adjustment to return home to siblings and parents. Even driving again can be strange after being able to walk everywhere around grounds. Leaving a life with thousands of kids our own age where the area is full of things for college students to entertain themselves with and having to adjust to our hometowns can be a difficult change. Saying goodbye to college and all of the close friendships can be extremely depressing to some students.
Here are a few tips to deal with the move back home:
- Don’t lose patience. Parents are dealing with this change, too. So if they try imposing rules that seem a little ridiculous for college students to abide by, address the issue with them calmly. If you want to be treated like an adult, act like one.
- Plan trips to meet up with your friends or roommates. This is a fun way to get to have cheap summer vacations… especially if one of your friends is from Bermuda…
- If you don’t already have an internship set up start applying to some fun jobs that hire often (like an ice cream parlor, restaurant, or even babysit often). Volunteering in your hometown can be a great opportunity as well.
- Start contacting the few friends from high school you can tolerate right now. It just looks bad to randomly start talking to them once you’ve came back from college when they know it’s just because you want someone to tan with by the pool.
- Ask around for friends that are staying in C-ville for the summer… because if you don’t have a Cook-out in your hometown, you’re going to need to refuel every once in a while.