Your First Holiday Break Home: The Family

This might just be my personal experience, but my first holiday break home I was bombarded with questions (a lot of which were "Why haven't you found yourself a nice boy to bring home yet?" from older female relatives). Some of them were easier to answer than others. I very quickly learned that there is a key to surviving this dreaded "Freshman Year Holiday Break" interrogation: keep your answers short and don’t over-share.

Disclaimer: Now if your Facebook page isn’t blocked from family, church friends, home friends, etc, then this method isn’t going to work. No, don’t bother blocking everything now, the damage is done. Just know that your grandma probably saw that picture of you passed out in a ditch or in that skirt that was a liiiiiiitle too short.

To help you out, I’ve compiled a list of questions you’re likely to encounter from your family over the break. I don’t have the exact answers to these questions, but I can tell you this: knowing they’re coming now can help you better prepare. The best way to envision these is with a slightly judgmental tone.

  • What’s your major?
  • What happened to that guy/girl you were seeing? They were a nice guy/girl.
  • How were finals? How are your grades?
  • Did you make any new friends?
  • How is your dorm?
  • Do you have a lot of free time?
  • What do you and your friends do?
  • Have you met any nice girls/guys?
  • Why are you/why didn’t you join/rush a sorority/fraternity?
  • Are you getting enough to eat? You look sickly.
  • Did you get that card I sent you two months ago? Did you like it?
  • Why don’t you have a boyfriend/girlfriend yet?
  • Now what are you majoring in again?
  • When I was in school…
  • I met a nice young man/woman at CVS the other day. I should’ve given them your number.
  • Who are you texting?
  • What are you going to do when you graduate?
  • You should really find a nice young man/woman before you’re too old.
About The Author
Brittany TempestMusic Journalism Major, Theta Phi Alpha, IUDM DGR, Marching Hundred

I am an Indiana University senior pursuing a BA in Music Journalism through the Individualized Major Program.

I am active in Theta Phi Alpha, Marching Hundred and Big Red Basketball Band. I am also a Dancer Group Represetative for IUDM this year! I aspire to one day write for a music magazine (Rolling Stone's Anthony DeCurtis, give me a call!) and live happily with a family.

I am a marketing intern for Pizza X, so if you see the van on campus, look for me! I also write for The Odyssey, Her Campus, and Uversity Life!

I am addicted to Dr. Pepper and Red Bull (I have been known to buy Polar Pops and mix the two sometimes) and I am trying to learn to eat healthier, but I'm pretty rotten at it.

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