Advantages Of Living At Home For College

Advantages Of Living At Home For College

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When a freshman enters college, one of their main thoughts is, “I can finally move away from home.” Most students don’t want to think, “I’m going to live at home for college.” Whether a person moves into the dorms, an apartment, a house, or a sorority or fraternity house, they are learning what it means to be completely on their own.

Coming from Reno, I made the choice to live at home for college. Sometimes, I wish I didn’t, but when it comes down to it, I know my parents convinced me to make a good decision.

Going into my third of year of college, I have learned what is best and not best to do for myself and my future success. From where I stand, there are many benefits to living at home for school.

The food.

You have access to a well-stocked fridge 24/7.You can come home super late, and there will still be home-cooked meals waiting for you in the fridge or the counter.

No rent.

Not having to pay rent puts hundreds of dollars back into your pocket. You don’t have to worry about paying for utilities or water, or anything that comes with having to rent out a place.

Free Wifi.

Not only does living at home provide you with free Wifi but good, free Wifi. You can save up all that data to use when you’re at school and the school’s Wifi breaks down.

You have your own room and bathroom.

If you’re a private person like me, being able to have your own room gives you comfort and relief. And you can be on your own schedule to use your bathroom.

You can have pets.

Your dog or cat ,or whatever pet you have, is waiting for you to come home and you don’t have to go through the process of missing him or her. You don’t have to pay a pet deposit, or have to give away your pet if your place doesn’t allow them.

Going home to your family is a nice escape from school and the people there.

Sometimes, you just have those hard days at school and need to get away from the college environment. Going home to your family gives you the opportunity to take a breathier and allows you to have that source of support and encouragement that you need.

Save money.

The money that you save from living at home goes to a good cause -- your bank account. You also have less loans to pay off. With that extra money you have, you can occasionally go out and treat yourself to something nice.

Less stress.

You don’t have to worry about finding a new place to live, about having to stock up on food, and all the other worries that come from being away from home.

Your things are all in one place.

You don’t have to go through the process of deciding what you want to pack and what you don’t want to pack. Everything you own is in one place.

Your family.

When your family needs you or when you need them, they’re right there. When you need to just focus on family matters, you’re already there to help them out.

Living at home has given me the opportunity to give me alone time I need to figure my life out. The independency that college students wish to have is something I am still able to have.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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There Is No 'Right Way' To React To A Shooting

Everyone is different.

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After the shootings this year in New Zealand, Brazil, and close to home for some of us Aurora, people have been reacting in different ways. With some offering their thoughts and prayers, donating money to help pay for the funerals of the victims, fighting for action in regards to ending gun violence, candlelight vigils basically anything that can help them in this time of grief.

There is no right or wrong way to react to a shooting — everyone grieves in their own ways. We should not judge one another for how we grieve in a tragedy.

People have been saying that thoughts and prayers won't do anything. However, maybe it can be a comfort to some people—a way to let people know that they are thinking of them and that they care.

Sometimes people may want to donate money or blood to help out any survivors who may have suffered from blood loss or create GoFundMe accounts to either help out with medical expenses or to pay for the funerals of the victims or even start charities like Islamic Relief USA. Donating your time and money is a good way to help out because you are making a difference that is a form of action you are taking.

There is also grieving in the form of vigils. One example of a vigil is this guy who makes crosses every time there is some kind of tragedy. Vigils are often a good way to remember the victims, to pray for the healing of the survivors, to talk about what they were like as people.

Some people even want to take action by demanding that the laws change a good example of this would be March for Our Lives, which happened after the Parkland shooting last year. This march was fighting for gun control or should I say changes in the gun laws America currently has.

Some people also do acts of solidarity, for example, wearing a hijab like the prime minister of New Zealand did when she went to go visit the Christchurch shooting survivors. My community college had something a couple of years ago called Hijab Day to help show solidarity with our friends. I participated, and it was quite an experience—no one should ever be afraid to be who they are.

There is never a right or wrong way to react, and no one should ever criticize one another for how they react. It's not a test where there is a right or wrong answer—everyone is different and that is okay.

No one should ever have to be afraid to go to school, go to work, or go to their place of worship or wherever they decide to go. Whatever we decide to do to make a change, as long as we are taking some kind of action, is good enough for me.

Nothing ever gets done by sitting around and doing nothing, so whatever it is you do, get out there and do it. As long as you are showing support it doesn't matter how you show it.

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