First of all; do not go home your first weekend!
This is a golden rule. If you go home you will forever be known as the person who went running home to mommy. It also keeps you out of the loop of the first week of on campus activities and other freshmen trying to fit into the social life at your chosen institution.
The best time to go home is the first four-day weekend of the school year. A lot of people go home at this time and it’ll probably be a few weeks into the year and you’ll have a little more to tell. You’ve probably already talked with your parents about the new experience and posted some smart remarks on Facebook or Twitter about your experience as a college freshman, but the return will be a little bitter-sweet.
In your family you’ll all of a sudden be the center of attention even if you never were before. Everyone will ask you all the same questions; what classes are you taking? how do you like your professors? have you met anyone yet?
You get it, the basic questions family members will ask and you’ll have to answer over and over and over. While you’re in school none of these things seem to really matter, but make sure you keep your answers the same, because its family and they’ll talk.
They’ll also expect you to go back to the being the person you were in high school. College is the perfect place to explore some new hobbies and activities, but your friends will always see you the way they saw you in high school.
Your parents will probably have made some changes to their house. No matter how small the change is it will seem monumental and the feeling of it no longer being your home will wash over you and make you a little nostalgic.
Returning home is a big deal. Both for you and for your parents so make sure you have some fun anecdotes to tell (PG please) and don’t tell your parents about the amazing parties you’ve attended.
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