How to Live at Home While Attending College

Students and parents often clash when the parameters for living at home have not been discussed before classes begin. Here are some suggestions for avoiding drama, sidestepping arguments and opening up communication.

Steps

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    Make the family aware of your class schedule and let them know that you plan to attend all your classes.
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    Comply with the responsibilities you are expected to handle while you are going to school. Such as helping with the laundry, keeping your room clean, helping with household chores.
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    Discuss privacy and issues about late nights. Just because you are going to college does not mean your family's values have changed. Being respectful will ensure that you have a place to stay...rent-free.
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    Share your academic calendar with your family so they will understand why you are not always free to attend family outings.
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    Establish a quiet place to do your homework undisturbed, and secure a place to organize your class papers that will not interfere with the household.
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    Know what the limits on computer use will be so you can determine what portion of your classwork must be completed on campus.
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    Determine what your financial budget will be and spend within those means.
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    Nurture your independence, but when troubling issues come up, feel free to ask for support from your mom and dad. Remember, students who go away to college also consult their parents if they need to sort out a crisis or make a difficult decision. Don't feel like you always have to resolve these burdens by yourself.
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    If there is a problem, or you have done something you wish you hadn't, apologize. Communicating regularly with your family in a calm tone gives them proof that you are maturing and deserve respect.
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    Express your appreciation to your parents for the opportunity to go to school and live in comfortable surroundings at the same time. Making your family feel like part of your success will only encourage them to do whatever they can to help you.
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    If you feel as though your room is a bit "high school", ask your parents to help you change it around. Get new furniture, carpets, decorations, etc.

Tips

  • Carve out a place and scheduled time to study, letting everyone know you are serious about succeeding.
  • Respect your family's values.
  • Communicate often.
  • Think with your rational brain, not emotions.

Warnings

  • Parents may try to monitor your activities, friends and obligations.
  • Family members may be an interruption with your studying.
  • Privacy is limited.

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Categories: Campus Life