This past Fourth of July weekend I returned home to New Jersey. Since moving to DC for college I only come home for the major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, etc.), and I generally just stay just long enough to get a home cooked meal. Initially, my college self didn’t like going home and taking time away from the new life I created in DC. Now, a 21 year old me, sees taking time away from the city as a breath of fresh air. Here are 5 things I always do when I go home:
I don’t mean run to your nearest Nordstrom, but instead go to store that’s unique to your city. While shopping at a retail giant like H&M is cool, boutique shopping is better because you can find those one-of-a-kind gems and the clothes aren’t mass produced. Always make sure you save a little extra cash for your favorite jewelry store, clothing boutique, or consignment shop.
Go to your old favorite restaurant
Every time I’m back in Jersey, I have to go get a bagel and a slice of pizza. Every. Time. Whether it’s a whole in the wall Chinese spot that you like, a breakfast place, or an authentic Mexican restaurant, always go eat your favorite foods. Believe me, it’ll taste twice as good after you haven’t had it for a while.
Catch up with old friends
Entering my 5th year in DC, I’ve realized how hard it can be to keep in touch with friends back home. It’s so easy to grow apart from old friends as you’re making new ones. This is why it’s super important to nurture these friendships. Growing apart from people as you mature is inevitable, however there are some people that are worth growing with. We all have those friends who we don’t talk to all the time, but when we do see each other things pick back up right where they left off. Make sure to reach out to them when you’re in town. Grab a drink, go to lunch, or party like you’re back in high school.
Find a new hangout
In high school, nightlife consisted of house parties and the occasional teen club. Now that I’m 21, it’s time to find a new hangout and make new memories. Not going to lie, the first time I went out in Jersey it was a culture shock. DC clubs and clubs in Jersey are quite different… but still fun nonetheless. Do some research, assemble your squad, and prepare to have a good time.
Spend time with family
This is the most important things on the list. Being around family is very grounding. As an adult your family’s job of raising and disciplining you is now complete; they are now there to be a support system. You can even look at some of your family members as friends. One time I vented to my uncle about boy troubles and it was the most refreshing thing ever. Since your family has known you all your life, they can offer a different perspective that college friends can’t. Never be afraid to open up to family!
What are some things that you always do when you’re home?