By Skylar Jahangiri
For Unwind Magazine
It’s almost the end of the semester, and you break out that last package of Ramen. Suddenly you feel like you’re really missing home. Fresh cooking from mom, a free place to live, and all of your old friends to look forward to. All of this sounds great after an academically strenuous year, right?
The problem is that some of us forget that, while home-cooked meals are tempting, they might not be worth giving up your college freedom. Your parents probably won’t be thrilled if you come home at 3 a.m. and order pizza.
Still, there are many pros of living at home for the summer. University of Maryland students feel pretty similarly about the positive aspects of leaving College Park for the summer.
“My favorite reason is that your parents cook for you, and I don’t have to pay rent,” senior biology major Anneliese Buck said. “I also love seeing my high school friends.”
Jack Boniface, a senior agricultural science major, felt the same way.
“I love being at home because there’s a lot more to do,” he said. “We hunt, kayak and chill by the lake.”
Being at home for the summer is like having a break from college life: no more homework to do, tests to study for or textbooks to purchase.
On the other hand, some students disagree.
Gabrielle Dipaula, a senior communication major, and Joe Shafer, a junior environmental science major, are among that group.
They said that listening to your parents, doing chores and working more are all disappointing parts of leaving College Park for the summer.
It’s important to consider all options when deciding whether to leave College Park for the summer. If you stay, you get to spend the rest of your year with complete freedom in a deserted college town. If you go home, you may give up some freedoms, but are rewarded with old friends and cheaper accommodations.
Either way, remember that summer is a great time to take a little breath and relax from the workload-heavy fall and spring semesters.