The Thing About Not Going Home for the Summer
At some point in your college career, you may have to decide whether you want to go home for the summer or stay away at school. This decision could be based on a lot of things.
Maybe you just started a new job and don’t want to leave so soon after getting hired or maybe you are taking summer classes here at Angelo State University and, like me, you don’t like online classes.
Staying in town has some benefits as well as flaws. A big drawback is that nearly everyone else is gone in the summer, so the campus can seem pretty dead. It can be hard being active and social when a lot of your friends go home.
Working ALLLL Summer
It also might seem like a bummer because when you were a kid summertime meant nothing but ice cream trucks, swimming, sports, video games and staying up all night watching TV.
But now you have responsibilities, that may include but not be limited to phone bills, rent and car notes. If you can’t take months off from working, you either have to stay in San Angelo or go home and find a job.
They say that once you get out of college, you are officially in the real world. If you think about it, you are already are in the real world. You don’t have the parentals here with you (unless you are from San Angelo) to stock the fridge with food and pay for all the things you need. They can send you money but it isn’t the same thing.
On the other hand, staying at school means not having to ask for permission to go out or having to tell your parents where you are. Wherever you are or whatever you want to do is all up to you.
Most students have to find a job, and working and going to school at the same time can be hard. If you don’t have to take summer classes, then you also don’t have to worry about assignments and tests.
I know it’s not the most entertaining thing to do with your summer, but the work you put in will reflect in your bank account and during tax season. I promise.
Being in class and imagining all your friends somewhere on a beach or enjoying the beautiful day outside while you are heading to the library to study can be a little tough.
It is worth it in a lot of cases because those hours that you are taking are going to count toward your total credit hours. That can push up your GPA and might help you graduate early or, in some cases, catch up.
College summer sessions don’t last that long, about four weeks per session, so you may still enjoy part of your summer with the rest of your friends.
Not going home for the summer isn’t that bad, all in all. This summer will be the second summer for me in San Angelo. Last year, I worked a lot and made enough money to pay all my bills and even shop a lot for new clothes.
The worst part, I would have to say, is not seeing all of my friends on a regular basis. In college, you get used to seeing your group of friends almost every day. Then, to add to your summer friend withdrawals, you go on social media and see your friends in other cities or on beaches having the time of their lives while you just watch TV.
It’s also a little hard getting active without them, but that is why I suggest you get involved in anything that seems fun.
One day, I was driving back to my room and found out that San Angelo has city league flag football. This is something that got me through that summer. I traveled to different cities and played there. I’m not saying you have to play flag football to be entertained but it is good to find something to do while you’re here.
Making your own fun isn’t hard, especially during the summer. Finding something fun shouldn’t be that hard either, because who wants to be sad and bored during the summer?