As everyone knows, this past weekend was Family Weekend! Many students say one of the best things about college is getting away from their parents and not have to be so dependent under them. I even found myself loving the freedom and being my own person and not have to ask someone for permission to go out. Even though many college students love not having to live with their parents every day, I found that everyone was so excited to see their parents and myself included also.
Living on campus and out of state is so different that living with your parents in high school. Parents are constantly on your back about homework and your social life. However, when you get college, this completely changes. You’re on your own with no one to tell you what to do. Sometimes this is good and many times it just gets on student nerves. But even the student who fights with their parents the most can’t help to enjoy seeing their parents for one weekend. Personally, I found this weekend so much fun being with my parents. Even though it was very busy with all the activities and exams this week, I still put time aside to be with my parents.
It’s so different for me transitioning from talking with my parents and telling them about my life every day to maybe finding time to call them once a week. I love the independence, as do many college students my age, but I look forward to these phone calls and especially this parent’s weekend. It’s so strange when I have to explain everything in my life because I’m so used to them just knowing my schedule and what I’m involved in. Also, being at Penn State there are just so many traditions and phrases/words we as students understand and just know. I forget this when I speak to my parents, finding myself having to explain everything like exactly what “Canning” is. Even though I love being away from home and being on my own, I really do miss my parents and can’t wait to go to home for Thanksgiving!