6 Reasons Why Moving Out Of Your Parent’s House Is Both The Best And Worst Thing Ever

6 Reasons Why Moving Out Of Your Parent’s House Is Both The Best And Worst Thing Ever

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That day comes for all of us: the day we move away from home.

It's the first time in your entire life when you are completely alone and dependent on yourself. This may seem like an exciting new thing, but it quickly becomes clear that it can be quite a difficult task. Maybe you’re going to college, you started a new job in a new town, or you're moving just because you turned 18. No matter what, being alone for the first time in your life is an adventure.

Moving into your own house means a lot of new experiences. So here is a list that I came up with of the six best and worst things that come along with moving out of your parent’s house.

1. Full and complete freedom; you are your own boss!

Best - This means you can do anything you want, literally anything!

Worst - This also means there’s no parents available to keep you on track, cook you dinner, give you $20 for gas, and so forth, and so on.

2. A job.

Best - MONEY. And, well, did I mention the MONEY?

Worst – Well, it is work, so that isn’t the greatest thing ever. It takes up all of your time and somehow manages to tire you out every single day.

3. Paying for things on your own.

Best - You get to feel like a responsible adult. You finally feel as though you are in charge of your life and a part of the working society.

Worst - Well, let me just tell you that my rent is $550 to share a room, and last month alone my water bill was $120.

4. New friends.

Best – It is a new town and you are surrounded by lots of new people; you are bound to make many new long-lasting relationships.

Worst - You lose sight of your hometown friends, and those relationships seem hard to keep.

5. Exploration and adventure!

Best – There are finally no parents or anyone telling you what to do, and you’re allowed to do things which you enjoy and which make you happy.

Worst – Well, I couldn’t actually think of a downside to this, because we live in such an exciting time, and I believe everyone should explore this beautiful world we live in.

6. Finding yourself.

Best - Being vulnerable and on your own makes you examine who you are as person. You discover your hobbies, who you enjoy spending your time with, and what is important to you.

Worst – Being alone can be scary and tough at times, especially when trying to balance it with starting a new school or career. Sometimes, trying to figure out who you are is an exhausting task.

Although I was faced with many challenges this summer, in the end, I am glad I spent the summer before my sophomore year of college alone. I was able to learn about this new town I call home as well as myself, but more importantly, this experience taught me how to properly prepare for the future.

I hope this challenges you in some way to go out and be on your own, because at the end of my summer, I realized that although it can be frightening and uncertain, the positives outweigh the negatives. I wouldn’t have wanted to spend my summer any other way. I feel grateful for the experience and for all the lessons I learned in such a short time. Cheers to ending my freshman year of college on such great terms.

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Dear Shondaland, You Made A Mistake Because April Kepner Deserves Better

"April Kepner... you're not average"
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I'll admit from the first time we were introduced to April in Season 6, I didn't like her so much. I mean we hated the "Mercy Westers" in the first place, so how could we see the potential in the annoying, know-it-all resident that was trying to compete with our beloved Lexie Grey.

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Notice how none of these stories had anything to do with Jackson Avery. Not that we didn't love her with Jackson, but for whatever reason you've chosen to end their very popular relationship. Suddenly, you think that April is not worth further exploration but you've forgotten one simple thing. We fell in love with her before "Japril" was ever in the picture.

We love her because her story was unlike the others and she had one of the best character developments on the show. She wasn't damaged like Meredith Grey or Alex Karev who have been on their journey to become all whole and healed, but she still had to fight hard to be taken seriously. Her story has so much potential for future development, but you've decided to throw it all away for "creative reasons."

I'm sorry, but there's nothing creative about doing the exact same thing you've done to all the other characters who have left the show. We've endured the loss of many beloved characters when you chose to write off George, Henry, Mark, and Lexie. We even took it when you did the unthinkable and wrote McDreamy out of the show - killing off one half of the leading couple. (WHO DOES THAT???)

But April Kepner? Are you kidding me?

She may no longer be with Jackson, but she was so much more than half of Japril. While most of us hate that Jackson and April are over, we probably could have dealt with it if April was still on the show. Now they're done and you think there aren't any more stories to tell about her character. Why? Because she'll just get in the way of Jackson and Maggie?

How could you not see that she was way more than Jackson's love interest?

She's so much more than you imagined her to be. April is the headstrong, talented trauma surgeon no one saw coming. The farmer's daughter started off an ugly duckling who became a soldier because she needed to be one and turned into one big beautiful swan who constantly has to fight for her coworkers and family to see her as such.

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Yet, you - the ones who created her - still see her as the ugly duckling of a character because she always had to take the backseat to everyone else's story and was never allowed to really be seen.

But we see her.

She's the youngest of her sisters who still think of her as the embarrassing little Ducky no matter how much she's grown.

This swan of a resident got fired for one mistake but came back fighting to prove she belongs. Not only did April Kepner belong there, but it was her talent, her kindness, her strength that made her Chief Resident. This simply wasn't enough for Dr. Bailey or her other residents so she fought harder.

She endured the pressure but always ended up being a joke to the others. When she was fired yet again, your girl came back a little shaken. She doubted herself, but how could she not when everyone was against her.

Despite everyone telling her she couldn't, she did rise and no one saw her coming because she remained in the background. She went off to Jordan broken and came back a pretty risky trauma surgeon.

We've watched for years as she was handed promising stories that we never got to see fully develop because she was in the background. We never got to see her rise. We get the beginning and the end, but hardly ever the middle.

I thought we were finally going to have an amazing story arc in season 11 when she loses Samuel, but what did we really get? Two or three episodes of her coming to terms with the loss of her baby and then April's disappearance from the show while she's grieving off screen so that Dr. Amelia Shepherd can shine her first season on the show. Where is April's life-changing surgeries? What does April get? She's background music.

Now what?

It's season 14 and we finally get the story we've been waiting 9 years for! We get Dark April and her crisis of faith. A story arc all Christians can appreciate. Here's the chance for real character development in the foreground, but wait...

Before her story is even wrapped up, you announce that this season will be her last. So we're forced to realize that the only reason we're getting this story now is that you're writing her off.

No matter how you end it, it's not going to do her story justice. If you kill her off to end her crisis of faith story, you're not reaching the many Christians who watch the show. If you have her leaving Seattle and taking Harriet with her, you didn't know April. If you have her leaving Seattle and abandoning Harriet, you really didn't know April. So anyway you choose to end her story, you lost out on one great character.

You messed up.

Both April Kepner and Sarah Drew deserved better.

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Why You Should Read 'Snotgirl' By Brian Lee O'Malley and Leslie Hung

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