How often do college students get to go back home?
I know there are breaks during semesters, but I've also heard there's "dead time" in between those breaks as well. I am going 4 hours away from my home and I have people that I want to see more often than on holidays. Do I just have to wait until breaks or will there be a time that I can go home for a weekend? #college #freshmen #moving #visiting
Great question! It's always nice to know when to plan out time to go home or go see friends and family when it isn't during a specific break or holiday period, so a couple of ways of knowing or discovering how to go home during certain periods of time are:
If you're planning on leaving during a week day or thursday-sunday long weekend, check your class calendar to see which days class won't be hosted because big chances are that professors post days that class won't happen in person and if you don't have class the next day. These days are a great opportunity to take to go home and come back in time for the next class you must attend.
Also check with professors if they excuse absences in relation to missing class due to going home; some professor's are lenient but definitely check their syllabus and reach out before hand if you have a planned trip. Things that are typically already planned are usually excused by professors, but some may only if its for emergency situations or other class obligations.
There are also classes you can take virtually so that you don't have to attend class physically, making it easier to go home and spend time with your family until you must be in physical class.
You will need to focus on stress and time management. In order to manage stress you have to manage your time wisely. <span style="background-color: transparent;">You have to set a routine for yourself and stick to it for the most part. Once you get into the groove of a routine it will be much easier for you to manage your time and have enough time for everything you need to do (including relaxing). Make yourself to-do lists on a weekly basis, use Google calendar or a planner to keep track of events, deadlines, and due dates. In addition to setting a routine and sticking to it, plan out relaxing activities into your day. Or set aside a time, after everything is done for the day, that you can have "me" time. I have also personally found it essential to not only find time for myself but also make use of that time in a way that is best for me and my holistic wellness. I have found the HeadSpace app to be an essential tool in helping me relax and generally feel more relaxed throughout the day, Guided meditation, even if you have a busy schedule, will make you feel more at ease and relaxed throughout the day as a whole (not just when you have the time to relax and focus on that "me" time).</span>
<span style="background-color: transparent;">Set a routine.Use Google Calendar.Set aside Me TimeWrite weekly to-do lists and use a planner.Find a peaceful and restful activity that will help you feel relaxed.</span>
Unless you're at boarding school or a military academy you can go home whenever you want. Some students are homesick when they first get to college so they may go home every weekend if they are close enough and can afford it. Others may go away to college in another country so they travel home less often. The point is that you're an adult and no one can force you to stay. You just need to make sure you get back to school in time for class.
As Paul said, the choice is yours, as long as you are able to manage your time and finances accordingly. However, I think you'll find that as time goes by you'll want to go home less and less.