10 Reasons You Should Go To College Out of State

10 Reasons You Should Go To College Out of State

2. You get to experience different traditions and cultures.

College can be a terrifying transition and change, but it can also be the best change of your life. When I decided to go to college out of state I was really scared. In fact, a few weeks before I left for college I began regretting my decision and highly contemplating whether or not I should actually go. Now that I am a junior in college I can safely say that leaving my home state for college was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

1. You get to meet new people.

The great thing about being away from home is getting to meet completely new people and start fresh after living with the same circle of people for the last 18 years. You get to meet people you may have never met if you never went away for school!

2. You get to experience different traditions and cultures.

No two places in the United States are the same, and the customs and norms differ from place to place. College is a great time to experience some different societal norms than back at home. It may be a bit of a culture shock at first, but it is worth it.

3. You always have something to bring up in "small talk".

When you go to college and start meeting new people, small talk is inevitable. Being outside of your home state for college is a perfect topic of conversation.

4. You get to try new foods.

One of my favorite things about being away from home is getting to try new restaurants and new foods. Now, I have a list of favorite restaurants at college and at home.

5. It makes going home more special.

Distance makes the heart grow stronger, and boy is that true when you're away at college. Going home for the holidays is so much more special when you can't drive home every couple of weekends.

6. You become more independent.

College is a great time to exercise your new found independence, but when you're on your own, living in a new place you have no choice but to grow up quickly.

7. You become a more well-rounded person.

Being exposed to new traditions, customs, languages, populations and social norms increases your knowledge and experience, even if you're just one state over.

8. You get to learn new slang.

Every part of the country speaks a little differently, and you're bound to pick up some new terms in your vocabulary when you're away from home. Ever since I moved from California to Texas for college, I haven't been able to stop saying "Y'all," and I'm not mad about it.

9. You get to experience climate change.

If you're from Southern California like me, then you pretty much only have one season. Now, I get to experience all four seasons and some (stupid) humidity, as well. But the humidity is definitely worth it when fall comes around and I get to see the changing colors of the leaves.

10. You get to show off your hometown when your friends come to visit.

The coolest thing about meeting friends from other places is having them visit and showing them around all of your favorite spots and restaurants.

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A Open Letter To The Best Friend I Miss

I miss you, in case you forgot.

Dear best friend,

I miss getting in trouble with you.

I miss getting into something crazy with you. I miss our crazy plans and things we say to each other. It is genuinely true that we would be put in a mental hospital if other people heard what we said to each other. I miss writing to each other in class instead of writing notes. I miss our fast food runs after school instead of studying together. I miss falling asleep on your couch and you in the chair instead of hanging out with other friends we had plans with. I miss going past a cop and turning your bass and volume up all the way.

I miss irritating you.

I miss running wild and embarrassing you in Walmart. I miss opening up the car door as we go down the street to freak you out. I miss stealing your phone and wreaking havoc on your Snapchat and texts. I miss taking pictures to hold over you. I miss that "I'm going to kill you" look in your eyes.

I miss your family.

I miss seeing your sisters grow up in front of both of us. I miss your dog even though she tries to eat me alive. I miss hearing your parents talk about work when they get home. I miss helping you babysit after work when it has been a long day.

I miss your boyfriend.

I miss hearing you talk about him. I miss seeing you happy around him. I miss him and I don't even like him half the time.

I miss you complaining.

I miss our rants. I miss your rage about being grounded. I miss you complaining about work. I miss you complaining about biology. I miss you complaining about how incredibly impossible math is. I miss you complaining about anything and everything.

I miss you.

I miss your presence. I miss not having you by my side everyday. I miss hearing you laugh uncontrollably. I miss our beach dates. I miss your messy car. I miss your notes every day after study hall. I miss you with all of my being.

I miss my person.

I miss my almost sister.

I miss my best friend.

I miss you.

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14 Signs You Go To A Small School No One Has Ever Heard Of

"Your class size is what?!?"


When most people are in high school, they look at all of the big schools that are known around the country. Schools like Rutgers, Ohio State, UCLA, University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University are often at the top of peoples' lists. Believe it or not, some people don't want to attend a huge college. If you're like me, you like having small class sizes where your professors get to know you and you always see someone you know when you're walking on campus.

Once you decide where you're going and become a student there, you constantly hear the same comments from people, whether they be good or bad- but you wouldn't want it any other way. Here are signs that you go to a small school that no one has ever heard of:

1. People always mess up your mascot

Rider University

"Broncs? Like the Denver Broncos?"

"No. Just the Broncs."

2. "Oh I've never heard of that. Where is it?"

3. "Wouldn't you rather go to *insert huge state school here*?"

The answer is always the same — nope.

4. You find people all the time who know or is related to someone who went to your school

"Oh, my cousin's friend went there!"

5. "Your class size is what?!?"

6. You've never had class in a lecture hall

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Or class with more than 50 students.

7. When people come to visit, they can't believe how small your campus is compared to theirs

Well, at least we can get up 10 minutes before class starts instead of an hour to catch a bus.

8. Dining options are limited

Rider University

But you joke around and make the most of it, secretly hoping your campus will open a Panera or Chipotle like every other school.

9. People are amazed that you actually get to know your professors and the people in your classes, and that they get to know you

Not to mention that professors are a great reference for getting a job after graduation.

10. If you went to a big high school, your college isn't much bigger

Rider University

There are about 1,000 students per class, so only around 300-400 more students than you graduated high school with.

11. Your school doesn't have all of the big sports, like football

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But hey, at least we're still undefeated!

12. When you get into your major classes, you always have the same people in them

13. You can't find anything with your school's logo on it, so constantly buy more apparel from the bookstore

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You walk out of there $100 poorer with a new sweatshirt, mug, and sweatpants that you didn't need.

14. You get really excited when someone has actually heard of your school


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