This blog is typically dedicated to strictly safety related posts, so a family oriented Christmas break post might seem a bit out of place, but let’s be honest here; going home after a semester at college while exciting, can also be one of the most stressful experiences ever. So if all you want is to make it back for the spring semester in one piece (and still on speaking terms with most members of your family), here are a few tips to make it through the holidays:
1.) Talk to your parents beforehand. Sure, you’re an adult, but they will probably never see you that way. You’ve been taking on an incredible amount of responsibility (you’re successfully passing 18 credits including Organic Chemistry all while working 30 hours a week and sleeping 7), and they probably think that’s all very adorable, but to them you will always be a one year old that’s still struggling to walk and doesn’t yet know how to use silverware.
So lay out some guidelines beforehand. Check in when they ask (it only takes a second andit lets them sleep soundly at night) and make sure they understand that you have a lot of people to see in a very limited amount of time.
2.) Talk with friends ahead of time. You might have this fantasy of going home and seeing all your hometown buddies, but if you show up with plenty of time to hang out only to find out that most of them didn’t come home this year you’re going to be pretty bummed.
3.) Understand that other people may have stayed the same while you have changed. One of the toughest things about going home is realizing that people still view you in the same light as when you left. Personally, I was a complete tomboy in high school. I didn’t own a dress and I didn’t even know how to put on makeup or wear my hair any different than in a knot on top of my head. But over the years I’ve found that I like dressing like a girl. Sure I’ll always be a tomboy that prefers playing in the mud to playing with dolls, but when friends back home saw me wearing makeup they thought I was a completely different person. I felt like I was defending myself when I hadn’t even done anything wrong. Be ready for it, and be ready for your friends to have changed as well. And go easy on them too; after all, this is a time when everyone is figuring out exactly who they are.
4.) Stay out of the drama. Your parents getting on your nerves? Let it go. They can’t help it. Your best friend from high school brought back their new college bestie home with them and she’s crashing everything with the two of you? Grow up. Hell if your friend likes her she’s probably pretty cool so maybe you should make an effort to get to know her. The last thing you need is to go back to college with a bunch of petty crap on your mind.
5.) Relax. Christmas break is a time to unwind! Drink hot cocoa on the couch with your mom, hit up Best Buy with your dad armed with that stack of gift cards you got for Christmas and take a walk around some of your favorite haunts. School’s going to be starting up again before you know it, so enjoy your homework free status while you can!
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