The one thing most university students have to face after slogging it out in the library, desperately trying to complete a dissertation in the final throws of their university course is moving home.
The thought of moving back in with your parents can put the fear of God into some after tasting the sweet, sweet delights of living alone; eating and drinking what you like, rolling home in the early hours of the morning, falling through the door and burning a pizza by falling asleep before it’s cooked.
I love my parents and we do get on really well (60% of the time we get on all the time). However, most parent and sibling combos (mothers and daughters in particular in my case) will know exactly what I’m talking about when I say there are always clashes… Having your heels thrown at you from the bottom of the stairs because you’ve left them in the middle of the hallway for the fifth day running was commonplace in my house and uttering the words ‘Muuummm, I’m hungry’ was met with an extremely steely gaze.
So, here are five things every student dreads or is dreading whilst moving home to live with their parents…
1. No longer living with friends.
If you’ve raised your nimble fingers to comment on this point ‘my parent’s are my friends’ then stop typing and walk away from the keyboard. Yes lots of parents are very lovely, I’m sure. But nothing is quite like living with your best friends. The gossip, the in-jokes and the freedom to do whatever you want with people you love hanging out with is something that every recent graduate will certainly miss.
2. Having to de-slob yourself.
Many students will fondly recall those days where you’re too tired/hungover to function and simply stay in your PJs, no make up, neglecting any sort of personal hygiene whilst snuggling up and watching TV or a movie with your flatmates. These days were great. However, when the parents are around, the judging gaze that falls upon your unwashed, lazy, not-getting-out-of-bed-at-all day, look is almost unbearable.
3. Not crawling in at 4am.
Falling through the door, kicking off your shoes and throwing some greasy food in the oven or inviting nearly everyone you know back to yours for a very loud after-party could easily be done at home whilst your parents are asleep upstairs. However, you might not have a home to sleep in come morning.
At university cleaning your room could be put off until the mold began to set in. At home, this is not the case. You must clean, cook, shop, tidy, garden and many other things in order to earn your keep.
5. Eating habbits.
Whilst at university you can head to the local shop and fill your trolley with all sorts of delights. I had a slight obsession for grapes and chicken goujons with potato smiley faces (no, not at the same time). However, upon heading home your control over your pallet decreases significantly and as my friend Alice puts it “If you moan they’ll tell you you’re ungrateful”. Well said, Alice.