Summer is here! Go have some fun!
Nine months out of the year, we are free. Then one morning you wake up at noon, pop two Advil, chase it with the leftover—half empty—can of discount beer and you realize it’s summer. The next three months will be spent back under your parents roof and the only one celebrating the change of scenery is your own liver. There are, however, some distinct advantages to picking up where you left off back home.
Social – It may seem like your social life is on a hiatus, but remember that group of kids you used to hang out with during high school? They are moving back and in the same situation you find yourself in. The issue is by the time your old clique starts to remember why you guys enjoyed each other’s company, you’re already half way done with your sentence back home.
Financial – Last summer you had saved up most every check that bounced your way. After nine months in college you’re bouncing checks. Money seems to be sucked out of your bank account when you’re in school. The final month of the year and you are checking your mobile banking application like it’s facebook. Finally, you can come back home, go back to your same old job, make minimum wage, and save just enough money to survive the next year of bar-hopping.
Sleep – If you are anything like me your bed in college is used for multiple things, including, but not limited to: doing homework, eating dinner, pre-gaming, the after party, and having relations. Beds are not meant for this (well at least not most of this) and studies have shown that using our beds for things other than sleep effects our sleep cycle negatively. Coming back home allows us to use our bed for sleep and only sleep. Plus, back home, the average person drinks much less and our sleeping patterns tend to become less sporadic.
Mental – College is difficult. “Work hard, play hard” has become a personal motto for me and my friends. Between cramming for tests, keeping up with readings, research, and internships, there is little time for any student to seize a breath. Coming back home and being bored to the point of lunacy can break us away from our high-stress lifestyle.
These next three months may feel like an eternity, but consider it a pit stop. This is a golden opportunity to recover from nights you do not remember and a time to grow closer to the friends and family you have missed and that have missed you. Summer has changed since High School, you used to cherish this downtime and with the right mind set you can learn to start appreciating it one slow summer afternoon at a time.
"Not all roommates are created equal"
Sophomore year, it’s my first time moving into an actual house of my own. I had picked out five of my closest friends to live with for the year. What could go wrong? I had no idea one of my roommates was plotting to win 2011 slob of the year.
To be honest, I should have seen this coming when I lived with him in the dorms. His bed crawled with ants, he never cleaned out his trash, he never did laundry, and he loved clearing his throat from the hours of midnight to three in the morning. I gave him a second chance. It backfired. Here’s a small preview of what I got myself into:
"Don't be too quick to shoot down your roommates crazed ideas, they might become bigger then you think"
If Facebook were a country it would be the third largest populated country in the world. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, (now a self-made billionaire) once had a roommate just like 75% of college students will have at some point. As Facebook began to take off as a social website Zuckerberg saw what potential may lay behind the site he had made. He decided to leave Harvard for California and give his website a chance to expand and flourish. Zuck asked his roommate—Joe Green—to move with him and help to build this now multi-billion dollar company. Green’s response? He decided to instead pursue his passion in politics and work with John Kerry’s campaign instead.
There is, however, a silver lining to this story. Mark Zuckerberg later extended the offer to Green and Green is now the CEO of facebook’s Causes. Causes is a way for people to utilize facebook to help donate to various issues affecting the world.
Getting locked up behind brick-wall rooms does not have to be a waste of time
During Freshman year I found myself having an abundant amount of free time and not much to do in order to fill this time. I feel as if this is a problem many freshman tend to run into in their first year on their own. I lived with three of my best friends the first year of college and even though we all had very energetic personalities there would still be the occasional lull in our time together so I started noticing common patterns of other freshmen. They seemed to also be having trouble filling their schedules as well. Of the things I noticed, I was able to compile a list of common freshman habits. Here are my top five things freshmen love to do:
"Being the third wheel in your house can have some benefits"
Every room is unique once you move out of the prison cell dorms, so there is no default pricing for how to split up rent. My roommates and I were fairly close friends when we decided to live together. We agreed to split the rent equally and pick numbers out of a hat in order to see who got which room. I got first pick (win) and P.J. got last pick. I got the entire downstairs—he moved into a glorified closet.
Let’s say you’re moving into a new place with your best friend and his girlfriend. This might raise some issues on its own, so let’s push the stakes higher. Let’s say there are only two rooms available. How do all three of you split the rent so no one feels cheated? Should you split the rent evenly between all three people? The couple only has one room. Could you flip the bill in half? Your picture frames fall down because of their headboard slamming against the shared wall separating your rooms. Other variables that come into play are the amount of windows in a room, a private bathroom, the size of the living space, the closet area, and paper thin walls.