When College Graduates Move Back Home
The pros and cons of bunking back up with Mom and Dad in Fairfield
As graduation caps go up in the air, plans for the future oftenollow suit. Be it to save a little dime or gather some extra time to figure out one’s next professional move, moving back home is usually an option. However, it can be hard to decide whether this choice is a headache or much needed break. We had some recent college grads that moved back home to Fairfield weigh in.
“Unless you have a gig lined up, it makes sense to come home and save a little extra money,” says Adrien Viani, 22. Viani recently graduated from Boston University with a double major in Economics and Statistics. Take it from the mathematician —being a 'real person' is expensive.
You Can 'Get it Together'
“It gives you some time to reboot and get your life together,” says Chelsea Kryspin. Kryspin, 21, recently graduated from Clark University, where she received a degree in Asian Studies with a minor in Management. Kryspin is currently looking for a job in event planning. The job hunt definitely takes time, and in the meantime, Mom’s cooking fuels the energy to continue the job search.
It Provides Quality Time
Remember when your breaks at home were only about a week long? You would come home ready to relax and gorge yourself at Thanksgiving dinner. But instead, you would be plagued by an ever-buzzing phone filled with “When am I seeing you?!” texts from high school friends and long lost family members. Now, you have plenty of time to pencil everyone in (or hole up in your room with Netflix and not feel completely guilty for not feeling like a social butterfly at the moment).
Getting Used to Mom and Dad's Routine
“My family goes to sleep at 5:30,” jokes Kryspin. “But seriously, you have to figure out where you fit in with your family’s routine now that you’re an adult in your family’s home.” It's not always easy — both for the recent graduate and the parents who have to get used to someone else interfering with the routine they've settled into. It's worth it to have a talk about what is expected from both parties.
Distance From Your College Family
Daily run-ins with your besties on the quad have turned into weekly Skype sessions. And it’s really not okay. Viani also pointed out that this can hinder networking opportunities as well. “You don’t have the opportunity to run into your professors on the street or stop by their office to ask for advice. You have to rely on email.”
The Comparison Crisis
Facebook and Instagram are daily reminders of what your other classmates (be them from college or high school) are up to — and it always seems cooler than hanging out with the family cat while tooling around on LinkedIn.
However, recent Bates College graduate Rachel Baumann puts things in perspective. “We are all in the middle of choosing these different paths. It’s a step outside of the bustle for reflection.”
We asked the grads which Fairfield hot spots they missed the most while away at college!
Chelsea Kryspin: Chef’s Table
Adrien Viani: Southport Beach
Rachel Baumann: Las Vetas
If you're a recent grad or the parent of a recent grad who moved back to Fairfield — let us know what you think! What pros and cons have you encountered when the ruffled feathers of the recent college grad return to the nest?