Compare and Contrast Essay - I Used to, but Now I Am

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Living with Parents and Living Alone
Living with my parents and living all by myself is like living on two totally different planets. There are considerable advantages and disadvantages with both situations. Living alone may seem like plenty of fun and freedom, but I did not realize that there were many responsibilities and roles that I had to deal with until I came to the U.S. and started living alone. When I was in Japan, I used to live with my parents, and my mom always took care of me; however, I am now living alone in the U.S. I strongly think that there are more advantages to living with parents more than living alone during the college years.

When I was living with my parents in Japan, there was always someone around me and a person I can talk to whenever I came home, so I have never felt lonely. My family is very friendly, and they always talk and share about themselves with each other all the time. I sometimes even felt annoyed because my parents kept on talking to me, asking me how my day was, what I did that day, teasing me and making fun of me every day; however, now I think it is better than being alone because there is no one to talk to in my house when I come home. Last week, I had been super busy with my school work, and when I got out of class on Thursday night, I was happy that I was done for the week. After I came home, I wanted to share my happiness with someone, but there was no one to talk to. All of my roommates were out, and they didn’t come back home that night. I was alone, and actually missed talking with my parents and having them ask about my day.

I never had to do the house chores when I was living with my parents. Since my father and mother got married, she quit her job and focused for many years on doing only house chores. I was proud of her because my mom did everything for my family by herself and kept our house very tidy all the time. I did not need to worry about anything, but now I have to take care of myself and live...
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