11 Reasons Why You Should Move Away For College

11 Reasons Why You Should Move Away For College

It's so worth it.

When making the major decision on what school you want to attend for the next four or more years, you have to take many things into consideration. You might be completely ready to get as far away from your family as possible, or you might be a homebody and moving away scares you more than anything. Either way, I completely agree with the fact that moving away for college is the best way to go.

1. You get a fresh start.

You are no longer with the same group of people since kindergarten. You are able to get away from any unwanted labels you gained throughout the past 18 years. You are starting over and giving yourself the image that you want.

2. You appreciate your home more.

You appreciate everything about your home so much more. Your bed is the best place on earth. The size of your room is so much bigger now. You take advantage of free laundry when you can. The sound of your dog’s footsteps coming at you when you open the front door is the best. The meals made at home even taste better. But most importantly, you love not wearing flip flops every time you shower or use the bathroom.

3. You appreciate your family more.

Remember when you hated sitting at home on a Friday night? Well, now it’s your favorite. Whether you are watching the game with dad, or watching Fixer Upper with mom, you are so content. And you also get a little upset when you are home and your siblings make plans without you.

4. Local restaurants become more special.

You know that one Mexican restaurant that you only have in your hometown? A visit every time you are home is absolutely required. You’ve tried those those Mexican restaurants around campus and they just aren’t the same.

5. You are exposed to a new environment.

You might pick up a southern accent. You might use “y’all” in your everyday vocabulary. Your family and hometown homies might make fun of you but you just need to embrace it. Saying “you all” just doesn’t feel right anymore.

6. You are more likely to branch out to try to make new friends.

Maybe you came to college with a few friends and maybe you came with none. Either way, are forced to branch out. You get to make friends with people from all over and learn about their hometowns and what the past 18 years have been like for them.

7. The independence.

If you choose to go out, stay out as long as your heart desires. No one here can stop you.

8. You gain responsiblity.

Responsibility comes along with the independence.You plan your own schedule. Your make sure you go to class and get everything done. Your mom isn't right there to tell you to get things taken care of.

9. You have a better sense of direction.

That two hour drive is a piece of cake now. You don’t even need Siri anymore. Now that you have found your way around your hometown and your college campus, you feel like you can take on anything.

10. You learn more about yourself.

This also comes with the independence and the responsibility. You learn from what you choose to do when you aren’t being told what to do. You learn from the good and the bad choices. You learn how to mature and be yourself.

11. You get the full college experience.

You will never get to experience life like this ever again. So, why wouldn't you want to get the full experience?

Whether you are moving one hour away or 15 hours away, you will still get these experiences. Don't let being scared or nervous stop you from the best four years of your life. Everyone is a little afraid at first, but trust me, it's so worth it.

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How Can An Acting Class Prepare You For Medical School?

Acting is the secret to the "Art of Doctoring"!

When you enter college with the dreams of one day becoming a doctor, there are so many classes that you have to take. You're told to take Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and every other science class on earth. Then you're told to take your required Physics class, that one random English class, and a Psychology class to fill some schedule gaps. At the end of your college career, you may be prepared for medical school from an academic standpoint, but you've failed to learn the skills that will allow you to master what I like to call "the art of doctoring."

Is there any class that will help you learn the "art of doctoring"? Yes, there is!

Acting classes!

An extremely important aspect of being a doctor that several students tend to forget about is the art of connecting with your patients. Doctors have to be effective communicators in order to get the most out of their patients and make their patients understand what is happening to them. Doctors must be emotionally available for their patients. They must help their patients overcome the vulnerability or embarrassment they might feel exposing intimate parts of themselves and their lives to their doctors.

In my opinion, the best way to learn how to connect to people, how to understand other's perspectives, and how to properly access situations and react accordingly is by learning how to act. You may not be the best actor in the world; As a first-year medical student that minored in theatre, I can assure you that I was far from the label of "Best Actress". Yet, my experiences in acting class and on the stage truly helped me when we started having patient interactions. I was better able to understand others' emotions because I had learned how to, essentially, become other people and tell others' stories.

I believe that every student studying something science or mathematics based such as Biology, Computer Science, or Engineering will benefit from finding some time to take an acting class. You will improve your communication skills, relieve some stress, learn new skills, and make new friends.

I understand that the 3, 4, 5 or more years spent in college can actually go by very quickly making us feel like we don't have time. I know that there are so many other classes to take and requirements we must fill, but just one acting class can be such an amazing experience. If you still have the chance to, I suggest trying out an acting class or minoring in theatre, like I did. It's actually quite interesting to see how a set of skills seemingly unrelated to your "major" or "career plans" can make you a better student and professional in the future.

And if nothing like that happens for you, at least you experienced something new!

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7 Ways To Cope With The Stress Of College Midterms

With class, clubs, and your social life, you barely have time to breathe.

Professors are pounding you with homework, midterm paper due dates are drawing way to close for comfort, and you’re probably swamped with everything else in your life. It can get pretty stressful, especially with daydreams of spring break keep you from paying attention to important information in class. With all the work you have to do, it’s important to take a few breaks now and then, for sanity’s sake. Here are some ways that you can do that in a healthy and relaxing way.

1. Go for a walk and crank some music.

Sometimes just giving your brain a break is helpful. Trying to plow through can keep you from doing your best work. So go for a walk outside if it's nice, put some headphones in and jam out for a little bit.

2. Take a nap (we all know you don't get enough sleep).

Get some gosh darn sleep! Taking a 20-minute power nap can and will reenergize you. Lay down and set the alarm so you don't sleep for hours and then you can get right back to studying or writing that paper. Never underestimate the wonders of a nap, it's truly magical.

3. Exercise!

Not everyone likes to go for a 4-mile run, but even just going for a mile can be really good for your mental stability. It's been proven to relieve stress, and it's good for your body. Just grab a buddy and hit the gym!

4. Hang out with friends.

Sometimes you get caught up in all the papers you have to write that you forget to interact with other human beings. Go get coffee or let off some steam with some of your buds. Watch a movie, play some games, or even just talk to them, being around people you enjoy will always make your stress disappear.

5. Online shop, but don't buy anything.

Fill up that cart, look at the most expensive things, look at every single pair of shoes that a store has on their website. I don't know about you, but looking at a really cute pair of sneakers always puts me in a good mood. Then you can always get a good laugh when you look at your cart and look at the price. It's always fun to think about what it would be like to be rich. Maybe it'll give you the motivation to do your homework so you can get a job that allows you to buy all the things.

6. Reflect on your day/week.

Take a few minutes just to talk to yourself and reflect on your life. Allow yourself to worry for a few minutes, then give yourself a pep talk. Think about what you are grateful for and what you want to do within the next month or year. Sometimes just taking a minute to think can be beneficial. You never know, you might just figure a few things out along the way.

7. Do some laundry or clean your room.

A clean space to study in is very important. It's hard to get things done when your room is a mess, and everything that could possibly distract you is just lying right in front of you waiting for you to give in. And having clean clothes is always a plus. I've found folding laundry to be very relaxing. Not only are you giving yourself a break, but you're getting other important things done too!

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