One week from now, I will be moving back to London, a place I had always called home until around this time 4 years ago. When I was 18, I finished up at school, packed my suitcases and moved 220 miles along the road to Leeds, another city where I’ll always feel at home. In these 4 years, I also upped and moved abroad to Italy for a year.
The experience of these places where I’ve lived, the people I’ve encountered, stories I’ve heard and friends I’ve gained has made me into a very different person than I was 4 years ago. Or maybe I’ve just grown up a little.
Either way, it feels like the right amount of time has passed jaunting about at uni, in Italy and on various holidays, and I’m ready to move back to the capital. However, while uni is eternally useful in helping you grow up, it also has a funny way of leaving (most of) us rather broke. And so when I say I’m moving back home, I really mean home, as in with my mum and dad.
And then it occurred to me that a lot of people are in the same position as me. A summer has passed since 2016 graduates finished the academic year; 3 months that thousands of students undoubtedly spent in places far and wide across the globe. But September has rolled around and reality is looming. I can’t put it off any longer without seeming unreasonable – I need to find a job.
So next week I am moving home, making it a full house as my brother recently moved home from Paris (we’re both of the jaunting type). I’ve read a few blog posts that really made me laugh about the techniques and lengths people have gone to to keep the peace at home, but I can’t say I really know what to expect.
As with everything, there are pros and cons. At this point in time I’m really looking forward to spending time with my family and friends, who I don’t feel like I’ve spent any period of extended time with for at least 4 years. And after this summer break, I feel like I’ve got the right hat on now to really search for a job, and be in an environment where I can prioritise that. The cons? I don’t know yet. I guess I’ll update you when I do 🙂
Are you a graduate who is moving back in with parents too? How are you feeling about it? Any tips for people moving back home?
Love, Chloe xx