Coming home from college was a life altering experience. I had been away on my own, living an independent lifestyle in my own dorm room. I was free from my family, except during the holidays. When I came back home after graduation, it was like I had gone back to the days before I left. I wanted to break free again, so as soon as I got back home, I looked at the apartments for Raleigh residents. I wanted to find just the right place for me to call my own without breaking the bank, because I was only working part time for the time being.

I was able to find a good deal on a single apartment. I thought about moving in with a roommate, but I liked having my own place. Being on my own means that I don’t have to share anything with anyone, and I can set the rules of the place. I can choose when to come in and when to clean up. I can even choose who I want to have over as company. The only downside of this is that I didn’t have anyone to split the cost with, but that’s a small price to pay for overall freedom.

My parents call me once in a while to make sure I’m doing fine, just like they did during my college days. No matter how old I get, they’ll still call me, because that’s what parents do. Some people don’t have parents who care enough about them to even pick up the phone, so I guess that’s something I can be thankful for having. Sometimes I invite my parents over for dinner, and they insist on bringing a dish with them. I told them that they don’t have to go through the trouble, but they want to do it anyway.