So it’s getting close to being a halfway through the term now, and it’s about the kind of time that people might spend a bit of time at home, or indeed have the family come visit them. I generally find that if people do see their family, it comes around this time of year (so halfway between leaving home after summer, particularly if it’s for the first time, and going home for several weeks at Christmas). It’s getting towards the end of the year now. The clocks have changed. Starbuck’s are beginning to roll out the red cups (i.e. it’s almost time for Christmas drinks).
I had my trip home last weekend for my mum’s birthday. It’s always pretty surreal setting off after labs on a Friday afternoon, and sitting down for dinner with my family that same evening (especially in the knowledge that I’ll be back in Leicester a couple of days later).
When some people go to university, I sometimes hear them planning to visit home every other weekend or something like that. Unless you live really close, though, I find that this isn’t really the best idea. It takes me 5-6 hours as a round trip in a weekend when I visit home, and unless it’s a special occasion, it really doesn’t seem worth it. In fact, I’m still catching up on work from last week that I wasn’t able to do over the weekend. Coming to university is a lot about growing up, and visiting home too often can negatively impact that.
Just a thought.