Moving Back Home

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Hi, my name is Courtney and I am a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In a little less than a month, however, I will be a new college graduate in search of a job! And as graduation rapidly approaches, I find myself heading back to the same house I lived in during the first 18 years of my life. Though I’m a little nervous about living under the same roof as my parents again, I am here to point out some of the benefits to moving back in with your parents after graduation.

First, it will be nice to be able to save some money. Of course, if you are able to contribute to rent, utilities, and other household expenses you should. But in my case, my parents understand that I will not be able to pay these expenses before getting a job. In the meantime, I will help contribute to household chores such as doing laundry, washing dishes, and going grocery shopping. It’s important that you try to contribute to the household in any way you can so your parents treat you like an adult while you’re living under their roof.

Second, there are some things you just can’t get anywhere but home, the most important of which is a home-cooked meal. I never fully appreciated my mom’s amazing cooking until I moved into my first apartment sophomore year and was forced to cook for myself for the first time in my life. It will be a pleasant change to eat a meal that isn’t take-out and doesn’t have the word “instant” in it. Helping your parents cook dinner can also be a good opportunity to learn some new recipes and develop your cooking skills.

Third, I am honestly looking forward to spending some quality time with my parents. Having lived on my own for the majority of the last four years, I have missed a lot that has happened back home. Though I’ll be sleeping in the same room I have had my entire life, I imagine the experience will be different than it was before college. For example, I will no longer be grounded for staying out past curfew.

If you’re going to be moving back home, it’s important that your parents recognize you are no longer a child—you are an adult that should be treated like a tenant in their house. If you and your parents are able to make this distinction, I definitely think it will help bring you closer (literally and figuratively) than ever before.