Pro vs. Con: Living at home after graduation

Pro: Living at home offers support, saves money

By Paige Clark

As a little kid, you never want to leave home. And your parents are the world.

When you reach middle school, you never want to be home and your parents are totes the lamest and worse human specimens to ever exist.

And as a college student, you get homesick and kicked down by a life a little bit when you try to be independent for the first time.

But upon graduation, society has such a negative connotation on moving back in with the folks. And I don’t really understand why.

Obviously, you have to give up some freedoms you were accustomed to in college. You will probably have to help do the dishes and do your own laundry, which you should have been doing the last four years of college anyway.

But you don’t have to pay rent. Rent is expensive. Rent is really expensive when you’re broke and starting a new low-level job for 8 dollars an hour, if you’re lucky.

Also, because your parents have got this whole surviving in the real world thing down, they have food in the house. Guess what else is expensive. Yup, food.

It may be an adjustment to revert back to your kid bedroom and Scooby Doo sheets along with your parent’s watchful eye, but with the money you’re saving, I think you can deal for a little while.

And the real world is hard, way harder than MTV’s “Real World” makes it look. What’s so wrong with having your biggest support system there for you while you take your first real strides being a big kid?


Con: Leaving home saves parental relationships

By Caitlin Soard

For most of us, going away to college is the first real taste of freedom from our parents: You can eat what you want, sleep when you want, watch what you want and go out when you want.

My first semester living alone was weird. I remember thinking, “Oh, I need to tell somebody that I’m going to Wal-Mart.” It probably took me the whole semester to get out of that mindset.

So, going back home now is weird. It’s like getting into a time capsule that takes me back to being 16 again: my teenage bedroom, the town I went to high school in and the rules that haven’t changed for me since I first got my driver’s license.

I’m going to be 22 when I graduate, not 16, and I personally don’t think any amount of money I’m saving could convince me to go back to that setting.

I love my parents, but we can’t, and shouldn’t live together with me as an adult. There’s an important divide that happens when you go away to college that allows you to finally start becoming friend with your parents and moving back in would effectively ruin that.

It’ll be a financial strain, but ultimately, I think not moving back in with my parents when I graduate next year will help keep our relationship healthy.

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Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations.

When she isn’t staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and drinking as much vanilla Coke as possible.

This is Ashley’s third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

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