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7 Reasons Why Moving Back Home Can Actually Be a *Good* Thing

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The thought of moving back home after graduating from college may seem like you are turning in your keys of independence, but many recent graduates who have made their way home say it’s the perfect place to start their next chapter or work on their plan B. Sure, there’s the stress of abiding by your parents’ rules and having to take down all of those N’Sync posters from your bedroom walls, but once the initial adjustments are made, living under your parents’ roof can be just the recharge you need—both financially and emotionally. Just ask these seven Millennials:

It can help you save tons of money. “I moved back to Detroit with my mother because I received a job offer in my hometown. I’m really close with my family and I had about the same amount of freedom as I did as a college student living on my own. However, I did have to change my lifestyle because I left Washington, D.C., a metropolis to a fledgling Midwestern city. I did my best to stay connected with fellow alum and other recent college grads to overcome those challenges. My advice for living at home is to save, save and save. That was my plan. Save enough money until I could afford to live comfortably on my own. If you aren’t able to wait that long to save up for a place of your own, try looking for jobs out-of-state that offer relocation packages.” —Lauren, 26, marketing analyst

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It can help you navigate personal milestones. “I got pregnant during my last year of grad school, so my family and I decided that it would be better for me and my baby to return to Las Vegas and live with them. While living in New York, I could do whatever I wanted. Clean the way I wanted and leave my items wherever I wanted. I was away from home for 5 years, and I forgot that moving home meant those rules no longer mattered, because my parents’ rules trumped my age and feelings. However, I love that I was able to have my mom consistently with me for the first year of me being a mother. She really helped me transition into motherhood. My daughter is one year old now and I am ready to move back to New York. I have made a timeline of small attainable goals to make this move happen. My best advice is to not allow yourself to feel bad for having to move back home. Giving yourself the ability to regroup and get things straightened without the pressures of rent is a great thing. Life isn’t perfect so allow for the missteps, setbacks and re-dos. Being forgiving, gracious and compassionate to yourself is the most important thing you can do.” —Sasha, 26, fourth grade teacher

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It can help you sharpen your skills. “Most of the battles and struggles you deal with during this tough time period are internal. Try your best to remain positive and be optimistic about your future. It’s definitely not an easy thing to do, but it was essential when I moved back home with my parents in Raleigh, N.C. I wanted to move to New York and my job hunt was very difficult. My biggest challenge was that I didn’t already live in the city, so even though I was landing some great interviews, I believe that I was passed over for a number of jobs due to my location at the time. My advice would be to find ways to hone your craft and your skills as they relate to the career that you are pursuing. Whatever it is that will help you fine-tune your abilities, will give you something to talk about in interviews when asked what you’ve been doing since graduating. Make yourself an expert in your field. The time off while living home and searching for the right opportunity affords you the chance to dig even more deeply into the field you want to be in.” —Michael, 24, music industry professional

It can help you think outside the box. “Trust that your parents realize that you’re an adult, who has to make your own decisions and is capable of doing so. I sat down with my parents and had an open conversation with them on what my expectations were for myself after college. I moved in with my parents to give myself time to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. When I told my parents that I was going to move to France to teach English, I was surprised that I didn’t get more resistance. I had a plan and that made my mom more comfortable with that idea. She also knew that this was one of my dreams and she supported me. The best way to earn your parents’ respect and trust is to show them that you have a plan. They want to see that you’ve thought through things and are aware of reality. When I moved to France, I found a program called Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF). It paid a modest wage and it allowed me to travel and experience a different culture. Most importantly, it allowed me to have some independence.” —Calla, 25, law school student

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It can help you focus on your long-term goals. “I returned home after finishing undergrad in Baltimore to pursue my Master’s degree. It was much more cost effective to attend grad school in my hometown. Living at home also gives me the chance to save money for a down payment on a house that my fiancé want to own. My advice is to remain dedicated. It can be easy to focus on the fact that you aren’t where you feel like you should be, especially when you see the amazing things that your peers are doing while you are in some sort of career limbo. Remain dedicated to your goals in spite of how discouraged you may feel.” —Briana, 24, mental health associate

It can give you a place to store your stuff! “Try not to be frustrated that you had to move back home. Although I missed staying out late with my friends, moving back to New Orleans helped me save money for my ultimate goal of independence. The biggest challenge I faced moving back was graduating into a recession in 2009. Even jobs that required no high school diploma would not even interview me with a college degree. I knew that for what I wanted to do, I needed to move. It ended up being perfect. I had a place to store my things and prepare for my next move. I eventually sold my furniture and I applied to at least 10 jobs a day until I was able to leave home. I’m not sure if it would have been possible to move without taking that intermediate step.” —Gina, 27, senior sales manager

It can bring you closer to your family. “I returned to my mother’s home for personal and financial reasons. What I love most about being home is that I was able to enjoy quality time with my family while I had it. I had no difficult time transitioning back home but my job search was very tiring. I would spend all day and all night in my room submitting job applications, but it’s important to step outside and socialize with other people. Give yourself a break and don’t stress out about the job hunt.” —Cheryl, 26, PR assistant account executive

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