4 Stages Of Readjusting To Life Away From College

4 Stages Of Readjusting To Life Away From College

Time to head home.

Every May, many college students return home from school and live in their hometown for the three months of summer vacation. There are four major stages we all go through as we readjust to life away from our college town.

1. The Excitement

Coming home to family and pets is an amazing feeling. Your parents have prepared your favorite meal or taken you out to your favorite hometown restaurant. The first night in your bed feels like the best sleep you’ve had since you left last year. You visit with friends who are also home from rival schools and reminisce on old memories.

2. The Boredom

After being home for around a week, the lack of constant company and murmur of music starts to create a sense of loneliness. Whether you live in an apartment, a residence hall or a fraternity/sorority house, you’re probably used to people being around all the time. You’re used to chatter, music and arguments occurring as naturally as breathing. When you’re home though, most likely you aren’t around people your own age 24/7. The activities of your hometown will go forgotten for awhile because of the memories of college activities.

3. The Norm

After being home for two or three weeks, it will start to feel normal again. You’ll get into a routine and find new ways to cure your boredom. You visit those old coffee shops you loved in high school. You make new friends to see the summer blockbusters and explore new areas with. If your family eats meals together, that time spent pondering when and what you’ll eat next will disappear and be replaced with memories with family. Whether you have a summer job or are taking classes online, you’ll have the struggle of time management and balancing fun and work. Make sure to work in quality time with family and friends that you missed throughout the eight months that you were in school.

4. The End

When you finally get everything right and start to feel settled into life at home, it’ll be time to go back to college again. The summer flies by, and in a blink, fall semester is here. It’s time to pack up all your clothes and supplies once more and head back to the college you love. Saying goodbye will be hard. Be sure to take things you forgot last year.

Once we get back to school, we will forget about the stages and return to our daily college lives. However, when May comes again next year, it’ll be time to do this all over again.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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