Transitioning from the bustling life of college back to the rhythms of home for the summer can be both a refreshing and challenging experience for many students (and parents!). Freedom, routines and social connections are changed overnight.

After months of independence and self-reliance, returning to a family setting often involves renegotiating boundaries and responsibilities. Students might find themselves juggling the freedom they’ve grown accustomed to with the expectations and rules set by their parents.

Additionally, the change in daily routine can be significant. College life typically involves a dynamic schedule filled with classes, social activities, and perhaps part-time jobs, whereas home life might feel slower-paced and more predictable.

Social dynamics also play a crucial role in adjusting to life back home. Reconnecting with high school friends who might have had different experiences can be both exciting and daunting. It’s important to be open to change and to cherish the growth that everyone has undergone.

As a former college counselor, I know that support provides a huge benefit to make the most of college years. The transitions in college lead students to feel overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, and isolated. I’ve taught students how to cope with their emotions to meet academic pressures, and work, and family demands. I’ve assisted students in their future career success with personal, professional, academic, and financial guidance. Together, with students, we’ve set goals and celebrated progress with regular check-ins to stay on track.

Here are some tips to use at home, while transitioning from the college campus back home for summer.

  • Communicate Expectations: Discuss with your family what you plan to do over the summer and any expectations they might have. Clear communication can prevent misunderstandings. Open communication is key during this time; discussing mutual expectations can help prevent misunderstandings and ensure a smooth transition.
  • Reconnect with Family: Spend quality time with your loved ones. Pitch in with chores responsibilities around the house. It shows appreciation for your family and eases the transition home. Bonus perk, you won’t hear many complaints at home if you’re helping out and adding value!
  • Maintain Independence: While it’s important to spend time with family, also make sure to maintain some independence. Plan outings with friends or pursue hobbies you enjoy.
  • Reflect on Your College Experience: Use the summer break as an opportunity to reflect on your college experience so far. What have you learned? What goals do you have for the upcoming year? What is something new you’d like to try? What will you do different? What will you continue to do when you return?
  • Plan for the Future: If possible, use the summer to gain work experience, intern, or take summer classes. It can help you stay productive and prepare for your future career. Maintaining a balance between relaxation and productivity can help make the most of your summer break. Students can use this time to relax and recharge, but it’s also an excellent opportunity to pursue summer jobs, internships, or volunteer work to gain practical experience.
  • Stay Connected with College Friends: Stay in touch with friends from college through social media, texting, or planning visits. It can ease the transition back to campus in the fall and help you stay connected.

I understand–personally and professionally–the importance of social life and how overwhelming it can be. I offer a wide variety of support with attachment styles, hookup culture, healthy communication, toxic relationships, and overcoming breakups. As Director of Sisterhood in my University’s chapter, and therapist over the years, I know friendship struggles can actually hurt as much, if not, more than relationship struggles. Dating and relationship conflicts or insecurities are a vital part of growth, self-reflection and confidence for emerging adults. I’ve been a nationally certified Sexual Health Educator since 2016. I’ve directed medically adequate comprehensive sexual health education seminars for numerous sororities on romantic and friend relationships.


If you’d like support over your summer home, Megan is accepting new clients in the Evanston and Kenilworth offices. To book a session, call (847) 919-9096 x 1 or [email protected]

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