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Shacking up with my parents: Why I decided to move back home after college, and my advice for young adults considering the same
Darian Dozier is an osteopathic medical student who lives in Houston, Texas and runs the blog Melanated and Meducated, a medical school advice and wellness hub.
After graduating college in Oklahoma and unexpectedly losing her job, Dozier decided to move back in with her parents while she prepared for grad school.
Moving home came with growing pains, she says — from not being able to go out late with friends to having to keep her music down and gatherings to a minimum.
Still, moving back home was a great decision: It allowed her to save on rent and expenses and gave her a chance to spend more quality time with her family.
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When I graduated college with a BS in psychology, I knew I wanted to go to medical school. I just had to take a couple of years off, work, and then go back to school. For the first year, I did exactly that, while living with a couple of other girls, and had a blast. But then in 2019, my job unexpectedly closed, and we were all laid off. I still had a year before grad school, and my lease was almost up. I talked with my mom about it, and moving back home made the most sense.
If you have the option to move back home, it can be a wise choice
The thing about being in your early 20s, balancing a job search and trying to continue your education, is that your life is constant chaos.
If you get a degree in the humanities, like I did, or you want a job where you can help people, then you may not have a plethora of $60,000 jobs lined up either. You're almost in a state of limbo, waiting for someone to send you that "You're accepted!" or "You're hired!" email. That was me, for a whole year.
To prepare for my acceptance and transition into medical school, the best choice was for me at that time was to move back home. Moving home had plenty of pros: no rent, no lease, free food, constant family time, and in my case, my own "apartment," i.e. the basement.
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I hadn't lived with my family for about five years, so moving back home came with some growing pains