As someone who has left the nest only to come back again, it was a hard decision to live at home when it came to attending Brock University. I had just had two years of freedom with no one questioning my every move, asking where I was going or who I was with. And of course the freedom of being lazy and messy without being criticized as to why my bedroom was an absolute pigsty. But there are some pros and cons of course to living at home while attending school:
For most of us who live at home, we live rent free. Imagine that not having to pay over $550 for thin walls or the fire alarms that go off in the middle of the night. If you are anything like me, and value your beauty sleep – being woken up by alarms will not end well. Living at home, nothing like that happens!
When I first started at Brock I had to endure a lengthy one hour commute but ever since being blessed with a car I can say it takes 20 minutes at the max. The only downside…I can’t just roll out of bed and onto the bus 15 minutes before class starts or roll out of bed and walk to class like someone on residence. Instead for a 9am class I have to time it perfectly or else I am stuck behind every school bus in the west end of St. Catharines, not to mention finding a parking spot on campus!
Pro: Family Support:
If you have a good relationship with your family, like I do with my Mom and Brother, then you probably know what I am talking about. Whether it is an extra ear while I go on a 20 minute rant about nothing, a shoulder to cry on, those motivation texts I receive from my mom. I constantly have that family support to come home to after a long and tiresome day.
Con: Missing out on experiences:
For those living off campus the experience can differ, in first year residence is often a place for you to explore and get involved in your interests. It is also a great way to meet new people and everyone is within close living quarters so it makes it that much easier to get together. Many schools are starting to reach out to their off-campus students to get them more involved but again the experience will be varied.
Let’s face it cooking for one can be a challenge, you want to eat healthy but that pepperoni pizza is calling your name and bonus that pizza can feed you for a couple of nights. That is probably the number one reason I don’t miss about living away from home. Let’s just say I lost quite a bit of weight when I started eating at home instead of the cafeteria – and my wallet didn’t mind either!
Con: Lack of Independence
Living at home while at Brock means abiding by the house rules such as; no boys allowed in the house, house must be kept clean, contribute to all the chores, and no wild parties. My friends who live off-campus in houses and on-campus always rant and rave about how much they love not having to “answer” to anyone especially their parents. While I still have been able to explore my life as an undergraduate, I still can feel my mother hovering.
While many people would argue otherwise, a large part of your university experience is shaped by where you live. While living at home has it’s benefits, it also has it’s downsides – but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.