How to Survive Moving Back in With Your Parents This Summer
How to Survive Moving Back in With Your Parents This Summer By Simon Thompson
Parents: we love them really. Theyíve helped us with our educations, fed us, clothed us, seen us through our awkward teenage years with astonishing patience and given us a place to live both before uni and during university holidays. And now, for those moving home for summer, and for those many graduates moving back in with mum and dad until they sort out a graduate job, internship or further study, itís back to the pre-uni living situation.
For some students, the idea of moving back in with their parents is a welcome relief; home-cooked meals and a quiet nightís sleep without listening to someone elseís pre-drinks are very appealing, but for how long? Many students feel frustrated about the prospect of moving back to their often fairly dull hometowns without a clear date of escape in view and miss the independence of uni life. However, it doesnít need to be that way - here are my top tips to help you remain sane whilst living with your parents after uni.
1.) Keep busy
Iím not going to tell you how to spend your newly found free time after university, but I would advise you to keep busy. York is my hometown and is considerably less exciting than my university city, Birmingham, but Iíve found that - after a bit of digging - there are a lot of different and interesting opportunities such as volunteering with a community playgroup which I never had the time to do at university. Whether itís a summer job, volunteering abroad or finally learning to drive, itís vital that you can look back in a yearís time and say ĎI achieved this last summerí, not only for the sake of your CV, but to give you an answer to the horrific question: ĎSo, youíve moved back home, what are your plans?í
2.) Accept the change in lifestyle
To avoid any spats with your parents, itís best to accept that living at home will not give you the same level of independence as university. Itíll no longer be acceptable to eat pizza for breakfast, or to go out several times during the week, unless you want to seriously aggravate your home life. Thereís no reason why you canít catch up with school friends and enjoy yourself with a few mad nights out, but itís a wise idea to accept that this change is inevitable.
3.) Make the most of your university - even after youíve left
Not only will your university degree help you out in your future career by looking great on your CV, but the uni will also have a careers network in place to help you find graduate jobs and grad schemes. Although itís great to use this while youíre studying, many universities also allow graduates to access their services after theyíve left. Speaking to friends who have graduated from Birmingham, this careers network has been an invaluable resource for them and helped them get away from home as quickly as possible.
4.) Enjoy yourself!
Moving back home is totally normal after finishing university and nothing to be ashamed of. Your parents will really value spending time with you after three years of being separated for long periods of time, and will help you reach the next stage of your life as much as they can. Youíll get there sooner than you think, and then youíll go right back to forgetting to call them again, just like at university.
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