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Students home for Christmas are confused by the experience

Are you a guest, or just back for chores?

Tomasz Frymorgen

If you’re a student and you’re reading this, then congratulations - you’ve survived the first term of the academic year.

Your body has somehow endured a diet of quad-vods and instant noodles, while your heart and mind have carried you forth through all-night essay marathons and grandma-themed bar crawls.

So you’re probably feeling liked you’ve earned this break. But how long will it take for the creature comforts of your old-life-before-uni to be outweighed by the terms and conditions your parents attached (and still attach) to you living in their house?

Yep, coming home for Christmas can feel a lot like coming home to your old life.

Just a look at the mixed feelings being expressed on Twitter by students back home for Christmas.

There’s a lot of love for all things tasty, clean and pure.

It’s fair to say that for students, feeling homesick is basically 90% about missing a fridge that contains more than just bread and pesto. The sight of a fridge that can nurse you back to health is enough to bring a tear to the bloodshot student eye.

A functioning bathroom that’s free of rot, mould and mushrooms is another symbol of utter luxury when you’ve become used to the Matilda-style chokeys of student halls and houses.

Coming home for Christmas offers a number of excellent perks in this department.

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And amongst all the familiar amenities in your home, you can of course find your parents.

After months of failing to be a proper adult, it feels pretty sweet to let yourself be their kid for a bit again.

However. Parents will always be parents, and it can take a while to readjust your ways to avoid getting your 20-year-old self grounded.

You might also find that someone has kindly taken the liberty of enrolling you in a few household chores.

This can be a shock to the system when you’re used to leaving your dirty laundry in a huge pile on the floor until it's almost ready to walk to the laundrette itself.

Suffice to say then that once you fly the nest, ‘home’ will probably never be the same again.

Oh the dilemmas of student life.