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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Son of a nutcracker, not another final exam.


Christmas is so close, yet so far away. But what better way to spread Christmas cheer than singing loud for all to hear?

1. Music


"The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear."

2. Pre-Law


"You sit on a throne of lies!"

3. Health Sciences


"We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup."

4. Theatre

"I am a cotton-headed piggy-muggins!"

5. Studio Art


"Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?"

6. Business


"I planned out our whole day: First, we'll make snow angels for two hours, and then we'll go ice skating, and then we'll eat a whole roll of Toll-House cookie dough as fast as we can, and then to finish, we'll snuggle."

7. Photography


"I just like to smile; smiling's my favorite."

8. Public Relations


"Son of a nutcracker!"

9. Graphic Design

"You have such a pretty face. You should be on a Christmas card."

10. Education


"You did it! Congratulations! World's best cup of coffee! Great job, everybody! It's great to be here."

11. Psychology


"Does somebody need a hug?"

12. Political Science


"You stink. You smell like beef and cheese. You don't smell like Santa."

13. English

"I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly-twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel."

14. Engineering

"Have you seen these toilets? They're ginormous!"

15. Journalism


"Good news, I saw a dog today."

16. History

"I'm sorry I ruined your lives and crammed cookies into the VCR."

17. Communications


"Santa! Oh my God! I know him!"

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GCU Told Me To Find My Purpose, I Don't Know If I Did, But I Definitely Found My People

I'm going to miss this school WAY more than I thought I would.


Alright, alright, alright.

I am sure you could already tell by this headline that we are in for the sappiest of all articles.

Look, people, I really am a fan of my school.

Personally, I am not the most school spirited person to ever walk Lopes Way and I can count the number of basketball games I have attended on one hand (PLEASE DON'T HURT ME, I PROMISE I WILL GO TO MORE THIS YEAR, OK).

However, everyone in my life knows that Grand Canyon University was nearing the bottom of my list of "schools to attend."

I didn't end up here by my own doing.

I didn't think I would actually really love it here.

I really didn't expect to meet people that actually made me feel seen, loved, and heard for the first time in my life.

I really didn't expect to find people that would point me to Christ time after time.

I really didn't expect to fall in love with a place that is 30 degrees hotter than most of the country.

College is a crazy time of transition.

It's a time of learning more about who you are.

It's a time of learning what you are really passionate about.

It's a time of leaning into those around you and a time of being away from your family for the first time ever.

You learn everything from how to avoid setting off fire alarms when you burn popcorn for the 87th time to how to write a thousand word paper in 3 hours.

Yet, the most important thing you learn is that we are all just trying to find our way. You learn that your major might change 6 times, but your friends you meet here are going to stick around for the long run.

Going from somewhere hot to somewhere even hotter was NOT something I wanted to do (I don't think anyone really knows how much I hated the heat), YET, somehow even that has grown on me (WHO AM I?)

The point is, if you haven't found "your people" yet, they are out there and they do exist.

Sometimes these are friendships that require hard work and long distances when you aren't on campus.

Sometimes these friendships require even more work after you walk the stage at graduation (I could imagine at least).

I am grateful that GCU was the place where I found some grand people that just so happened to live right down the hall.

This is the place that taught me who my people are at home too because HOLY MOLY friendships that stand a distance are the ones that you KNOW will last.

This is the place that stretched me far out of my comfort zone, caused me to wait in endless Chick-Fil-A lines, and led me to a community of human beings that changed my life.

This might be the most sappy article I have yet to write, but I'm grateful to call this place home for now.

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