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Summer Break | How to Get Through the Hometown Blues

By: Nicole Milliman

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Packing up my things and leaving my college town was one of the saddest feelings I’ve ever experienced. Saying goodbye to your friends and fast-paced routine is never easy, especially when you feel you’ve outgrown your hometown. If you are feeling the hometown blues this summer, missing your life at school, or struggling with lots of extra free time, know that you are not alone. Keep reading for tips to make the most of your summer – even in your hometown.


1. STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOUR FRIENDS FROM SCHOOL


I’ve really struggled with the transition from college to home. Going from the constant company, noise, and chaos to the simplicity of being home is so strange. As much as I love the break, I miss being able to walk into my roommate’s rooms and hang out at any time of the day. If you are missing your long-distance friends from school, make it a priority to stay in touch. Go on a walk or drive, and keep each other up to date with everything going on in your lives. I also love to send Snapchat vlogs back and forth with my friends. Find little ways to stay close, even though you might be many miles apart.


2. SPEND TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY


Summer is one of the only times of year when you have your family near you for an extended period of time! Even though you might think it’s lame to hang out with your mom, dad, or siblings over friends — it’s actually the opposite. Having close relationships with your family members is so rewarding, so take time this summer to strengthen those bonds with lots of quality time!


3. TAKE DAY TRIPS


If you’re feeling trapped in your hometown and want to get out for the day, research local towns/cities driving distance from you and take a day trip! This is such a fun activity that you could do accompanied by friends, family, or even solo! If you need inspo for what to research when planning your day trip, think about coffee shops, vintage stores, fun restaurants, and scenic views!


4. PLAN A VISIT TO SEE YOUR FRIENDS


It’s inevitable that sometime during the summer you’re going to wish you were back with your friends from school. To fight this feeling, plan a trip to visit them in their hometown for the weekend! College is such a great way of creating friendships with people from all over the world, so take advantage and travel! This is also a perfect way of setting something for yourself to look forward to!


5. KEEP YOURSELF BUSY - TAKE A SUMMER CLASS


If you crave structure in your day, maybe you would enjoy taking a summer class! This could be for school credits, or even a fun class for your everyday life like cooking or ceramics. Taking a summer class is a great way to add some productivity and routine into your weekdays during the summer, and it also helps your future self by opening up some space in your class schedule!

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