Learn to survive on your own

Carly Uthe

Do you remember when Kevin McCalister was literally Home Alone? Do you remember all of the ice cream, pop and pizza (extra cheese) he ate? Do you remember how awesome it was when he tobogganed down his staircase?

All of these things (and many, many more) you can do when you live alone, rather than living with your parents.

Living alone has many perks. Picture yourself opening a beer at one in the afternoon. Picture yourself coming and going as you please without any interrogation by your parents.

Your parents may tell you now that you’re “grown up,” you have more freedom, but let’s be honest. If you’re living with your parents you’re definitely not 100 percent free.

Many would argue that, when living with your parents, you never have to worry about food. Your parents will always have food in the fridge, and more than likely, it won’t be strictly ramen noodles. While that may be true, many would say that if you live with your parents, you would always have home-cooked meals. False.

Think about it. If you’re at home all the time, your parents probably won’t care (no offense).

Now, let’s say you are living on your own, and you come home from college for the weekend, or you come over for dinner some night. Your parents are going to want to spoil you and make your favorite meal.

If you’re home all the time, they are going to feed you whatever they want. Maybe even meatloaf. (Insert a Jimmy Fallon-esque “ew” here.)

In all seriousness, though, your parents raise you to become responsible young adults. When you’re living with your parents, you probably don’t have all of the responsibilities that you would have as an adult.

Living on your own forces you to balance your budget, feed yourself and, hopefully, clean up after yourself. You may not have to pay rent when living with your parents, but writing those rent checks every month holds you accountable.

Living with your parents may have some benefits, but the benefits of living on your own definitely outweigh those of being under your parents’ roof.

Living on your own is one of the first steps to becoming a real adult. Scary.


Carly Uthe is a senior journalism and communications major from Sioux Falls, S.D.


Build relationships at home


After doing my own laundry, eating Commons food and waking up to a phone alarm for the whole year, I think I am ready for a break.

College has made me independent, but I miss being taken care of by my parents. I miss waking up to a homemade breakfast, having clean shirts and underwear everyday and being woken up when it’s socially unacceptable to still be in bed.

Summer break allows college students like me to finally be reunited with their parents, especially when they live far away and aren’t able to visit frequently.

The main benefit of living with your parents during the summer is that they make sure that you feel comfortable at home. Along with the perks that I have mentioned before, they also don’t ask you to pay rent.

Think about all the money you can save.

It’s not only a chance for students to indulge in the luxuries of being home, though—it’s also a time for parents to catch up on what they have been missing. It is a great time to share stories and experiences with each other.

Parents are always worried about their children; that’s just their nature. So being around parents during the summer also allows them to know that you are always safe.

Sure, it can get annoying if your parents constantly ask you what time you’re coming home or where you are. You’re an adult, you have friends and you want to have fun during the summer. But this is an opportunity to address the issue and to have better communication with your parents.

You just need to have a discussion with them about what you expect to do and what they expect from you during the summer. Your parents will respect you as long as you respect them. Communication like this creates an improved parent-child relationship.

By the end of the summer, you will remember all of the things they do to help you, and going back to college will not be easy.

You will appreciate your parents more, and they will appreciate you for staying with them, as well. But you know that, even during school year, your parents will do their best to help, even when you are miles away.

Naras Prameswari is a sophomore journalism major from Jakarta, Indonesia.