This weekend is not only the halfway point of my first semester abroad but also happens to be the weekend before my mum’s birthday. These two factors make it the perfect weekend to go home and, believe me, it is much needed. There is a whole list of things that I miss about England: my family, my dogs, proper bacon. Even if you haven’t left the country and are maybe only an hour or two from home, we all need a weekend with our family sometimes. So here are a few tips about how to make the most of the limited time that you get to spend at home.
In all likelihood, you’ll probably only get a few days at home and it can be tricky to fit in everything that you want to do. So, make plans, organise things with your family, contact old friends to see if they’re free, request your favourite meals. What you don’t want is to waste half of your weekend umming and ahhing over what to do or where to go. For me, my requests involved walking the dogs, something that I miss every time that I am away, a trip to the pub and a decent kebab. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just organised.
- Do all your work beforehand
The problem with a weekend away is that it takes you away from your usual schedule, it’s a break from university and all that entails. However, that doesn’t mean you can forget about your responsibilities. That homework still needs doing. Try to get it all done before you head home for the weekend, so it doesn’t intrude on your time with your family. Worst case scenario, you get home, realise you have a deadline on Monday and the time that you should be spending with your family then has to be dedicated to studying instead.
- Enjoy yourself
A weekend at home is a perfect time to distance yourself from anything that you might be stressed about. It’s a chance to be a child again and have your parents look after you and spoil you instead of having to look after and feed yourself. For most people, there really is no place like home. Enjoy every moment of it, do as much as you can and spend as much time with your family as possible.
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