Students Weigh In on Living Back at Home over Break

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Having home-cooked meals and no classes are major pros of break. But with the good comes the bad.

Going home for Thanksgiving and then winter break is always a great feeling. Yet, whether you have finally reached that breaking point where you need your mom’s home cooking and not moving from your couch for a month simply to recuperate from a stressful semester, or you can’t wait to see high school friends, the reality is that going back to your childhood bedroom can be a lot harder than you think.

Here are some students’ thoughts on the upsides and downsides of returning home:


“No class and more time for relaxation. An obvious pro.” –Megan Fitzpatrick, ‘16

“Eating delicious home-cooked meals instead of dining hall food, pro!” –Jordan Esry, ‘18

“Seeing old friends from back home and living with pets again.” –Maya Sosa, ‘16

“Getting to sleep in your own bed.” –Payton Heiliger, ‘19

“Not having to pay for your groceries because your parents do.” –Alex Rauscher, ‘18


“I still have a curfew even though I’m 20.” –Karley Long, ‘18

“Constantly answering the ‘so how’s school?’ question from every family member. –Alex Rauscher, ‘18

“No Jalisco’s and no free gym to workout at and that my Westmo friends aren’t home with me.” –Erin Devasto, ‘16

“Missing friends is definitely a con.” –Caroline Will, ‘16

“Hearing the phrase, ‘Hey, while you’re home, can you …’ and then proceeds to list off 4,000 chores.” –Karli Dawson, ‘16

So, do the free groceries and sleeping in your own bed outweigh the chores, nagging relatives and missing Westmo? Share your thoughts in the comments.

One comment

  • Am I the only one who believes that if you’re going home, you should expect family to ask questions and help around the house? Am I the only one who thinks that if you don’t like the curfew, you should sit down and talk to your family about it? Just food for thought. I believe that these students should be grateful they get to go home and have a family that loves them and cares about them. Otherwise, just stay on campus, that way, those problems don’t exist.


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