It’s kind of funny how, as young bored humans, we’re never really happy where we are. When it gets cold out, we wish it was warmer (and vice versa). When we buy a new gadget, we complain that we should have waited longer in order to get the new version. When school’s out, we complain about how bored we are back at home and how much we miss college.
But when it’s all said and done, which do we like better? Our home-away-from home in a 10×10 space or our actual home complete with annoying family members and chores?
ROUND 1: THE GRUB
The first thing I do when I come home is check in with my mom to see what she’s making for dinner. It may sound a bit juvenile, but when you’re at college, you forget how amazing and rare your mom’s pot roast is or your dad’s grilled chicken. Sure, you could hit up the cafeteria any time and get a whole tray of pizza, pasta, chicken nuggets, stir-fry, and ice cream but none of that processed junk is going to have that home-cooked to perfection taste we all know and love. Hell, cafeteria food doesn’t even come close. Not to mention, home-cooked meals are generally healthier for you. Oh, and did I mention that eating at home is free (unless your parents are ridiculously broke and charge you for dinner)? Yeah, I’m going to say that home practically killed this round.
ROUND 2: THE SCENE
Unless you go to some small Christian school in the most remote area of Connecticut, most colleges are really diverse places. A day never goes by when you don’t see someone new walking around campus. That being said, it’s usually the complete opposite when you go home (unless you’re lucky enough to live in some amazing city like New York or LA). And yeah, sometimes getting some much-needed alone time away from society is nice, but it’s bound to get pretty boring after a week or two. College is a breeding ground for new experiences and once-in-a-lifetime events. Home really can’t compare.
ROUND 3: THE CRIB
Dorm rooms have all the essentials (and by essentials, I mean a toilet, clothing, and a jumbo pack of Cup’o’Noodles), but a sleep in your own bedroom back home can never really compare. Then again, it’s nice to be able to sleep somewhere without being woken up by your mom, siblings or even your dog every morning. Not to mention, unless you have an OCD roommate, no one’s ever going to care quite as much as your parents about the cleanliness of your room. So which do I prefer? The 10×10 closet with trash, dirty clothing, and books stacked the ceiling or my old bedroom complete with old posters, childhood memorabilia, and chore duties. Hmm… I think the dorm room makes it by just a hair.
ROUND 4: THE RULES
True freedom is something I feel like I never had until college. Yeah, I had the right to say and do whatever I wanted in high school, but I always had to face the consequences of my actions and was usually punished way too heavily for stupid little things. In college, the tables turn completely. You can literally do WHATEVER you want (except light candles in your room or drink to the point where they have to pump your stomach) as long as you handle it yourself and no one else gets hurt. Seriously, I was in shock when I learned I could stay up all night, go to Dunkin Donuts at 2AM, or skip class whenever I wanted without anybody really caring at all. It seems as though whenever I go home, I forget about all those freedoms and go back to the military-school behavior I had to use back in the day because in the eyes of most parents, children should never be allowed to stay up past 8PM or sleep in until noon.
FINAL ROUND: ULTIMATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Okay, so college won almost every round by a landslide which is understandable, but don’t take it too hard, home! Remember, most of us will only be here for 4 years and then it’ll be back to chores, family drama, and really good food. This era of complete freedom and really fattening food will be over before you know it, so make the most of it while you still can! And come on, would it kill you to call your parents every now and then?