Living at home after college gets a bad rep, but I’m here to tell you that it’s probably one of the smartest decisions I’ve made post-college.
Now, the word ‘decision’ might be over-selling it. I guess it was more like “I have no other choice because I’m poor so I guess this is happening”. But still, smart nonetheless. Let me tell you why.
1. Your bank account will thank you.
Until you are really out in the real world and have bills to pay and fiscal responsibilities to tend to, you will never truly appreciate how amazing it is to not have to pay rent. Or groceries. Or heating or air or cable or a trash fee (wtf is a trash fee even). Once you land that coveted first job out of college, you can make the conscious effort to save everything that you would have spent on rent. Your future self will forever be grateful.
2. Get to know your parents, as an adult.
Perhaps one of my favorite things that happened over the 13 months of living at home was having the opportunity to get to know my parents as peers, rather than as superiors. Believe it or not, being friends with your parents is actually pretty great. Who better to have a girls wine night with than your own mother?
3. The gift of time.
When you’re a senior in college, there is an immediate sense of urgency to have your life figured out by the time you walk that stage and get your diploma. While it may feel like you’re regressing back to previous days of living under your parents roof, moving back home for a bit will help relieve some of that stress. You have the luxury of taking a minute to figure out what you’re next move is, where you want to go in life, and how you want to get there.
Sure, living at home can be hard at times, there is no doubt about it. Your sense of independence has waned and it’s not the situation you expected to be in. But there are some real benefits to calling home ‘home’ for a bit after college. And sooner than you think, you’ll be able to move out with a little money in your pocket and a stronger relationship with your parents. What’s not to love about that?
Oh, and I guarantee that when the day comes that you finally leave the nest to go live in your fancy new apartment, you will miss having your parents as roommates, even if you won’t admit it. 🙂