It’s that time of year when most students will be loading up the car to within an inch of it’s life and heading home for the Summer. After the stress of exams most of us are in need of a serious summer break, but with over 3 months to kill, being back at home can often come with mixed feelings. So here are the things to appreciate about the comforts of going home, and a healthy dose of moaning about the not so great things too:
You can’t always do exactly what you want
Get used to having meals that aren’t what you wanted again, and those muddy trainers by the door? They can’t stay there for three weeks now either. Back at home, you can’t always be as free to do exactly what you’d have done when living away, so say “hello, old friend” to nagging, because at the end of the day…
More things will get done for you
After having to do everything for yourself, you will have a new-found appreciation of somebody placing a Sunday roast under your nose, or your clean washing magically (as far as you’re concerned) sprouting on your bed. You might not be waited on hand and foot, but you can enjoy a summer of not being responsible for everything. So sit back in a bath you didn’t clean with some bubble bath you didn’t buy, and enjoy being that bit lazier than before…
Having a well-stocked house
Say goodbye to having to make a trip to the corner shop every ten minutes. At home you don’t have to keep on top of everything and yet there it will be. Need a plaster? Got it. Run out of loo roll? Got it. Recipe with a spice you’ve never heard of? Got it. Vodka for your night out? Yeah no, you might need to go to the corner shop for that one…
Boredom, boredom and a bit more boredom for good measure
For many students this tends to be the big one. After a whirlwind year of living with friends, plenty of work, nights out, and societies, going back home can often feel a bit flat. Many of us are returning from cities that never sleep to small towns or villages that seem to be in a constant slumber. You may enjoy having absolutely nothing to do for a couple of weeks, but the novelty will soon wear off. The best thing to do is keep productive – get a job, get through your reading list for September, write a symphony, whatever – just don’t think that making the most of having a bath and a telly in the house is going to keep you occupied for long.
Catching up with the people you’ve missed
Perhaps the biggest perk of going home is seeing the people you left behind. The summer gives you chance to spend some good ol’ quality time with the fam, and catch up with your old friends from home. After having moved away, going for a coffee (or something stronger) with those friends who make it feel like you saw them yesterday is always a bonus to coming back.