My situation isn’t anything new or original. It’s not a sob story or a tale of strength and courage. It’s just the reality of moving back to my hometown after four years away at college.
Simple, yes. Seamless, no.
Anyone who has read my blog for one week knows how much I love my family. The stereotype that college students don’t want to live with (or near) their parents couldn’t be more opposite from how I feel. I actually enjoy spending time with them…craziness! However, that doesn’t mean this transition has been without kinks. And by “kinks” I mean me learning to share food and TiVo space.
Truthfully, the hardest part has been NOT comparing myself to societal stereotypes and my peers. I have it in my mind that everyone has pre-conceived notions (of me, of college students, of my “lazy” generation, etc.) so I instinctively try to fight those stereotypes, real or not, right off the bat. Unnecessary and exhausting. I’m doing what’s best for me and enjoying this time. All that matters.
That being said, this new venture (it’s only been two months!) has given me a lot to think about: the good, the bad, the funny and the annoying. I’m using some favorite gifs to elaborate on my feelings, because sometimes Kim Kardashian can express things better than I can. Sometimes…
10 Things That Will Happen When You Move Home After College
1. People will ask you (many times) what you’re doing with your life. When they add the “with your life” part it might make you want smack them. Resist and respond honestly: I have no idea.
2. You’ll have the freedom to do (almost) whatever you want, as long as you walk the dog, unload the dishwasher, flip the laundry and text your mom first.
3. Dinner still doesn’t make itself. Although it occasionally appears on the table after you wake up from a nap. Thanks, Dinner Fairy.
4. You’ll have all the free time to workout, shop and hang out with friends, until you remember that Netflix exists, you don’t have an income and most of your friends aren’t even in town.
5. You won’t have to worry about the immediate future. But then you start to think longterm (past next week) and reality hits you.
6. Apparently, the excuse “I’m a growing girl” isn’t valid anymore when it comes to buying endless amounts of food.
7. You’ll learn that it’s frowned upon to hide the good leftovers in the back of the fridge so no one steals them.
8. You’ll have to compromise with the television, which means sometimes watching Rocky (for the trillionth time) on a random Monday night “just because it’s on.”
9. If you didn’t already, you’ll regret all the eye-rolls and angst from your pre-teen and teenage years. Your parents deserve medals.
10. After one-on-one time with your parents, you’ll learn the important lessons in life: be polite and don’t drink cheap wine.