Surviving Family Weekend When Your Family Doesn’t Show

Surviving Family Weekend When Your Family Doesn’t Show
Surviving Family Weekend When Your Family Doesn’t Show
After you’ve spent half a semester living with friends and breaking all the rules your parents set for you, don’t feel embarrassed if you’re still looking forward to their visit during family weekend. A visit from the parents very often means that you don’t have to pay for anything the whole weekend, and if you ask nicely they might even bring a box of your stuff from home, and swap it out for all the crap you packed at the beginning of the year but realize you don’t really need. Plus, it’s a good chance to introduce them to new friends and boyfriends or girlfriends, and make them feel sorry for you after you share with them the dining delights in your school cafeteria. But if your family skips out on a visit when everyone else’s parents are coming, don’t feel rejected.

You’ll most likely be invited to any activities and meals if your roommate or best friend’s family is in town, but even if not, that just means you don’t have to clean up your room or attend the cheesy activities your school organizes for family weekend. You won’t have to pretend to like to go to football games if you hate sports, and you can still go out and party all night since you don’t have to be awake at a certain time on Sunday morning.

While everyone else is spending time with their visiting families, you can relish the extra quiet and alone time you’ll get, which should be a nice change. You can make your own plans for the whole weekend and may get some extra time alone in your room. Don’t mope all weekend because your family had other plans: instead, hook up with friends’ posses or plan something special to do on your own: visit a new part of town, go to a movie no one else really cares to see, or veg and catch up on sleep.
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