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Life After College

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…yes, it does exist!

By BookRenter Business Development Associate, Elizabeth Schwandt
Elizabeth has a BA in International Studies and Environmental Science and a minor in French from Miami University of Ohio where she graduated in 2010. Elizabeth recently moved from Chicago and currently lives in San Mateo, CA. She enjoys the Bar Method, spinning, speaking French and reading.

This blog post is the first in a series of posts about post-grad life. Check back here soon for part 2.





by Cindy Schultz




After graduating from college, I moved home for 8 months. It wasn’t the most ideal situation, especially after having lived 2,500 miles from home on my own for 4 years. However, as long as you get along with your parents and they give you a little bit of privacy, it’s not a bad deal. You get free shelter, free food, access to your old family car, and time to reconnect with family pets. All in all, it’s a pretty sweet deal! So the question is, why not move home after graduation?

My first month living back at home after college graduation was, to be honest, a bit depressing. Not only was I sad that my college days were over, but my friends no longer lived close by. I could no longer stop by a friend’s house on my way home from class, nor could I bump into a friend in the pizza line at the dining hall. It took me a month to comprehend that my college years were over. I also realized that I could be excited for my post-grad years. As much as I miss college, I believe that it was time to move on and discover something new. So, don’t let the graduation blues get the best of you – you are still young and have an exciting life ahead of you!

After living with my parents, I eventually moved to Chicago, an exciting and wonderful city. I moved in with my college roommate, and loved being close (geographically) to my college friends again.  Although I missed the perks of living at home, I was enjoying my time with college friends while exploring a new place.

Here are some tips to avoid the graduation blues:

  1. Get a job: even if it isn’t a job you see yourself doing forever, it is important to get out of the house, do something and meet new people
  2. Plan a trip to visit your college friends: just for a day or two, it is something to look forward to!
  3. Attend alumni events: you can join your college’s alumni groups via Facebook and LinkedIn and bond about your college years!
  4. Don’t be afraid to venture to a new city, and discover a new place!
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So. You’re Living at Home This Summer.

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Don’t chafe at having a few rules and regulations – benefits abound.

by Guest Blogger Keith Kaplan I ALBION COLLEGE: Brains (double-major honors student, Mortar Board, College Fellow) and brawn (swim team captain and an avid outdoorsman who most days can be seen paddling on the river that runs through his campus). Regular blogger. Co-founder of the eponymous DK Cookies (on Facebook!).

So, you’ve been back home from school this summer, have you? Back under your parents’ roof, in your old room? No matter how great your relationship with your parents is, it’s never easy to go from living on your own at school back to the scene of your growing up years, where on some level you’re still seen as needing close supervision and expected to abide by the house rules.

I have to admit that there are benefits to a temporary move back home (feel free to add to my list and share your own experiences).

by Robyn Lee

  • Home-cooked meals: Although it can be a struggle to cook for a family when everyone is fussy about what they eat, I do put my culinary skills to work fixing a meal now and then. But most nights I don’t actually have to shop for groceries or make a full dinner. My parents do it.
  • Laundry “service”: As much as we all love doing laundry…just kidding. My mom is nice enough to still do my laundry, even though I’ve been on my own for a few years now.
  • Friends who are back in town: When I came back home after graduation, it felt a little weird at first. But I found that a few old friends from high school were also back in town, and it’s been fun re-establishing those connections. Another plus: I have some place to go when my parents are driving me crazy (or the other way around).

There are also some potential challenges:

  • Striking a balance: I’ve been home for about two months, and it’s been tough getting used to how things go down in the house and finding a balance between the things I want to do – it’s my summer break, after all – and contributing to the life of the household (even the little things like loading and unloading the dishwasher, doing yard work, or washing the cars are appreciated).
  • Having a curfew: Depending on your parents, you might have a curfew. Even if you’re 21, remember that you’re living under your parents’ roof and need to live by their rules. Once you’ve been home awhile and established a routine, your ‘rents are likely to get more reasonable about when you need to be in at night, especially when they see how mature you’ve become (you are more mature now, right?).
  • Boredom: Chilling at home all day might sound good, but trust me, you’re going to get bored. If you don’t have a job, an internship, or some regularly scheduled activities, you’ll go crazy (I mean this in the least offensive way). Don’t let it happen! Make it a point to have a plan each day.

When you come back home, your parents need to realize that you’ve been off on your own for the past year, and your lifestyle is quite different. On the other hand, you need to realize that you’re not at college anymore. Come to a compromise on rules and activities that happen while you’re at home. It’s better to talk it out sooner than later because depending on your parents, they might still want to ground you.

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