11 Reasons Why You Should Move Away For College

11 Reasons Why You Should Move Away For College

It's so worth it.
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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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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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Coping With The Loss Of A Passion

It's hard to get it back once you lose it.

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In college, time to focus on passions seems limited. The homework, essays, group projects, and exams are never-ending.

In high school, I took my free time for granted. I was dancing four hours four nights a week, but I wasn't constantly stressed. I had time to focus on my passion, which is dance.

In college, I am a part of an amazing dance club. But I don't get to compete, take technique classes, or be with the team I was with since I was 8 years old. Now, I receive videos of my team from home's amazing performances, and it aches a bit. I am so proud and happy for their growth but jealous that they have more years than I do. It is nearly impossible to find technique classes at college to take with no car, little free time, and barely any money. I miss my team, I miss my dance teachers and choreographers, and I miss competitions, but most of all, I miss the person I was when I had the opportunity to pursue my passion several hours a week.

My passion will always be there, and I do get to pursue dance on a smaller scale with some amazing dancers in college, but I am coping with the fact that I will never do another competition with my team again, I will never be able to dance with them again, and I will never be able to learn from my dance teachers again. It's a hard loss, one that I think about every day.

To anyone who still has the opportunities to pursue their passions to the fullest extent, you are lucky. Not everyone gets the chance to keep up with their sport, passion, or activity that they dedicated all of their time to in high school. Don't take a single second of it for granted, and remember why you are doing what you are doing. Take time to reflect on why you love it so much, how it makes you feel, and how you can express yourself during it. Whatever this passion or activity is, make every second count.

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