Listen, it has come to that time when everyone debates whether or not they should go back home for the summer. There are a lot of options to weigh when making this decision, and plenty of Pro’s and Con’s lists to make that would make Michael Scott furious. Here are a few from both categories that everyone has thought of, or at least should think about, when deciding whether or not go move back home for the summer (This is only for people that aren’t graduating. If you are, who cares? Go get a job.):
Food all the time. Good food all the time from your parents. Good food all the time from your parents for free. This is always one at the top of many lists because, as a college kid, you are hungry all the time, and sometimes you have to put the brakes on 2 AM Gumby’s runs, and Jimmy Johns delivery drivers that know your apartment complex all too well. It’s always nice going back home for the holidays and not having to worry about where your next meal will come from. So, think about this: if it’s so nice to have a free couple of meals when you visit for a weekend, imagine a whole entire summer?!
I know this is a lot more extreme than food, but it’s something to think about. You have been running around like a chicken with its head cut off while at college; coming and going at all hours, blasting music whenever you want, having people over all the time. At home, that’s not going to fly. Your parents are probably not going to be as stoked as you are that you are going out for the third time in a row, and inevitably going to stumble in at three in the morning and attempt to make a Hot Pocket before you pass out on the couch.
Pro: Home field advantage.
No matter how long you’ve been in Tallahassee, you still have more memories in your hometown, and probably still know all the ins and outs of it like the back of your hand. It’s nice to go back to the old stomping grounds, wreaking havoc at the local restaurants and bars that, unlike places in Tallahassee, don’t usually get to see the fifteen-deep group of college students. You also have the lay of the land when it comes to summer jobs, and if you aren’t looking for an internship, a sweet summer gig at a small restaurant is always a good option.
Con: Not a college town.
This is the con for the home field advantage pro because it is true. Chances are that you do not live in a college town, and some things that happen in Tallahassee, due to its vicinity to multiple colleges, are more acceptable than if they were to happen in a family friendly neighborhood where houses line the street with white picket fences and tire swings out front. You may get a funny look from your neighbors if you are out on your front yard playing beer pong at 11 am on a Sunday while they are just getting back from church.
Honestly, do whatever you want. Both are great options. Tallahassee in the summer is always a good choice, where you can take 2 classes over the span of 3 months and hang by the pool every day. Being home also has its positives; seeing your family, enjoying the perks of living at home, and catching up with friends that don’t go to the same school as you. Both are solid, so have fun doing whatever you chose to do, and don’t forget, you can always come to Tallahassee to visit for a weekend, and vice versa, go home for a weekend to surprise your parents if you stay in town.