Summertime: Stay At School Or Go Home?

One great thing about college is the freedom you get living away from home; you set the rules for yourself and can stay out however late you want. When it comes summertime you’ll have to decide whether you plan on going home or staying at school for the season. There are many disadvantages and advantages to choosing either one depending on what your priorities are for the summer.

Staying At School

Some great things about staying at school over the summer is the chance to find a job, take classes, and stay with new friends. Every college kid needs a summer job to help pay rent and tuition (it isn’t cheap!), and the summer is the perfect time to find one because students will be leaving to go home and positions will need occupying. It’ll be easy to find a job for the season and if it’s one you can have yearlong, there will be no need for job hunting in the fall!

If you lived in the dorms the first year, then this is also a chance to sublet a student’s room in an apartment or house with new friends you’ve made you’ve made over the year. But because you’ll be spending this time with school friends, this means less time to see old high school friends and family.

Although you’ll have more flexibility to go home whenever you want, it’s still a long drive for many students and gas is expensive. Just promise to visit your parents at least a couple times a month so they can see your face (…and feed you real food, buy you groceries, and do your laundry).

Going Home

You’ve been away from your family and high school friends for the majority of the year and it’s probably the first time you’ve been away for that long of a period. Aside from breaks and short weekend visits, you’ve hardly seen these once-familiar faces; so going back home for the summer is refreshing and just what you need after a year at school.

This also means home-cooked meals, mom doing your laundry, and finally getting to sleep in your old bed again. Many students also go back to working at the jobs they had in high school. If you left on good terms or talked to them about possibly coming back in the summer, there’s a good chance your job is still secure. You get to make money while being home, and you didn’t even have to sweat through an interview. One con to coming home is living by your parent’s rules once again.

Even though you’re now in college and clearly more mature than you were a year ago, parents seem to still lay down the rules just as in the past. I noticed my mom was more lenient about some things the first summer I came home, but I was still living under her roof and had to abide by her rules. For some of you this might mean a curfew—which will be hard to adjust to after living on your own for a year. Whether you agree with their rules or not, respect what your parents ask you to do or not do while living with them.

Deciding where to live in the summer is important and will have a major impact on how your summer will be. It’s not easy determining which one is better over the other, but figuring out what’s most important to you will make the decision easier. Weigh which friends you would like to see more, if you want to live with your parents or not, and if you want your old job or a new one—this will help you rule which location is best.

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Jordyn Timpson

Jordyn Timpson

Jordyn Timpson is a junior at Michigan State University working towards her journalism degree with a specialization in documentary film. She designs and writes for a campus magazine and is a server at Bob Evans. When Jordyn has free time she likes to watch movies and her favorite show Breaking Bad, spend hours on tumblr, go on adventures with friends and travel.
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