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Monday, December 11, 2023

Whether or not you're ready for it, summer is here. Get ready to transition home after your first year away and find the balance between independence and following your parents' rules. 

Freshman guide to moving back home

As a freshman, coming to college may have been a scary thing. At the same time, it was hopefully one of the best decisions — and year — of your life. There were many new things introduced to us, like finally living independently and a world of new people.

As the year is ending, you may be getting worried about how you are going to adjust to living back at home for the summer. Here are some simple tips that will help ease the transition.

Be easy on your parents. Although you’ve just enjoyed a year of freedom, your parents just endured a year of separation. They realize that you lived on your own, but once you come back home, their parenting instincts are going to kick back in. My advice is to have a mature conversation and find compromise. You need a healthy balance between being their kid and still feeling in control of your own life. They will respect this more than the later, inevitable arguments from lack of a discussion.

Today, keeping in touch with your brand-new college friends is so easy. Just because you’re not with them constantly doesn’t mean you can’t keep in touch. Our phones are perfect for keeping each other updated. If you both put in the effort, you’ll see a wonderful friendship last long distance. After all, distance makes the heart grow fonder. Maybe even take a road trip to visit one another.

Summer is the time to relax, make money and most of all, enjoy all the free time with family and friends that you never get during the semester. Take advantage of the free food, sun and sleep. You might be wishing to be back at UW, but after your three-month hiatus, your return will be so sweet. 

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