You know that cliche saying, “You can never go home again?” Well, there’s a reason it’s a saying. Thanksgiving break is upon us and many of us will be returning home for the week. I know I’m excited to go home, but once I get there I always feel a little out of place. It’s not that my family is welcoming/wonderful/fun to be around but it always takes some adjustment in living with them again, even if it is only for a few days. Once you’ve lived on your own, you get used to doing things your own way and on your own schedule. Going back home, especially for the holidays, requires a lot of coordination of other’s schedules and ways of doing things. It can be frustrating when your mom wakes you up early, even when you have nothing to really do that day. Don’t they know breaks are for sleeping in?!
And in the time you’ve been gone, you’ve changed whether you notice it or not. At home things have changed as well, whether it’s big things like your room is now an exercise studio or the silverware drawer has moved. By the time you and your family get a new system going, it’s time to go back to school. It’s a rough transition to make for only a few days. The other weird part about break is trying to reconnect with high school friends. You try to make plans but either your schedules don’t match up or you realize that you’re very different people. But hanging out with friends, no matter how surreal, may be the only way to get out of the house. It’s a bit of a catch-22 in that respect. But don’t feel discouraged my fellow college friends! Know that you’re not alone. Last week’s episode of Saturday Night Live captured the painful truth of going home for the holidays in this digital short. So true, right? Enjoy the video and your return home!
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