Benefits of Going to College Close to Home

Benefits of Going to College Close to Home


There are three types of people that exist when deciding where they want to go to college: the "I refuse to go to school close to home" people, the "I refuse to go far away from home and need to be driving distance from my house" people, and the "I don't care it doesn't affect me" people. When I was deciding where to go to college, I realized I was the third type of person. Going to a college driving-distance from my home, or a three-hour plane ride didn't really make a huge impact on my final decision. Ultimately, I chose a school close to home. It's a mere 25 minute drive to get from my house to my campus. To some people this may seem horrible, and I understand the appeal of living somewhere completely different than where you're originally from. But attending a college close to home definitely has a lot of perks. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should consider staying close to home.

1. You can come home when you're sick.

When going to college and living in the in the dorms you're bound to get sick. If one person in on your floor chances are half your floor will get the the same sickness. Being sick at school is never fun. Your dorm room seems even smaller than usual, and the dining hall food seems even worse than usual. Living close to home is nice because you can go rest in your bed for a day or two and help to recover. Plus, your roommate will be thankful you possibly spared them from your sickness.

2. Home-cooked meals are readily available.

Almost everyone gets sick of their dining hall, but if you live close to home you can go get some of your parents' best home-cooked meals. It is nice being able to go home for dinner and bring all the left-overs back to your dorm so you can take a break from the same food over and over.

3. It is nice to go home for short periods of time.

When you go to school close to home you can go home for just a few hours and be back at school. You don't have to drive five hours and stay for the whole weekend or take a flight. You can hop in a car, drive home and have lunch with your family, and by the evening be back at school with your friends and get ready to go out. You don't have FOMO when you go home, because going home is easy and doesn't need to be a three-day ordeal.

4. No risk of feeling homesick.

When getting ready to go to college, it may seem like there is no chance you'll get homesick. And for some people it is true. They're across the country and don't miss home too much. But for most there are rough moments. Moments when you want to go home, sleep in your bed, cuddle with your dog and drive through your hometown. It is completely normal and common, especially during your first year at school. But going to college close to home eliminates that risk. Since you can go home so easily you won't ever feel alone and missing home.

5. You save time and money on travel.

Living across the country can be a major pain when attending college. It takes a six-hour flight and a whole day to travel home. Living close to home, you save a lot of money that would be spent on gas or plane tickets. It also ensures that you can go home for every holiday or family event.

6. Hometown friends can come visit you easily.

This is maybe the best part of living close to home. Your friends attending other colleges will come home for breaks or weekends when you're in school. They will be more than happy to come visit and see what your life is like at school. It is really fun when your friends from home get to meet your college friends.

7. Moving in is easy.

Moving in and out is so easy when you live close. You don't need to worry about shipping anything, and if you leave anything at home its easy to get. You never have to worry about renting a storage unit, and when you move into your first house or apartment you can just take furniture from home. Rather than buying a dresser or bed in another state, you can easily drive what you already own from your hometown to your college town.

8. Hosting your college friends at home is fun.

Since out of state students will miss home a lot, they will be very thankful to go home with you. They'll miss home-cooked meals and want to escape the dorms just as much as you do. Whether you bring them over so you have a quiet place to study or to show you around your hometown, they'll enjoy it and be forever thankful. It is also fun to host any friends who don't go home for breaks because the break is just too short and it is too much effort for them to go home.

9. You know fun things to do in the area.

Since you are familiar with the area, you know about all the fun places to go and things to do. With your expertise on the best restaurants, hiking spots, and beach hangouts, you'll be able to get off campus and see the area. You'll get a chance to explore the places you never got to see with your high school friends, and your friends from school may even do research to find places you didn't know existed. Whether you get to rediscover old places or find new adventures, it won't just seem like the same place you've lived your entire life.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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10 Pieces Of Advice From My Parents That Have Helped Me Survive This Thing Called Life

I don't like admitting that they're right, but they've helped me through more than they'll ever know.


As I've entered my 20s and have made it halfway through college, I've learned that life can be hard and challenging at times. Like many kids, when I was growing up, I could care less about what my parent's advice or opinions were. Nine times out of ten, I would do the complete opposite of what they said. Once I got older and actually started listening to their advice and put it into perceptive, I learned that they're right more often than I'd like to admit.

1. Don't take things for granted

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I've learned to cherish what I have because I might not always have it. It's easy to take life itself and many things it involves for granted. They've taught me to take a step back from this crazy life sometimes and be grateful for all that I have.

2. Don't be afraid to put your heart on your sleeve


My parents have taught me that if you feel something, don't be afraid to say it or embrace it. If you love someone, then tell them. Don't be afraid to put your heart out there just because you might get hurt.

3. Be vulnerable

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In life, in relationships, in your work. Take risks, get shot down, and then try again. Being vulnerable is scary yet so powerful.

4. You can never have too many shoes


Otherwise known as it's okay to treat yourself. Life is hard, so take care of you. If that means going on a shopping spree every once in a while, then so be it.

5. You're going to be okay

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Whatever it is you're going through, you're going through it and you're going to come out on the other side. It may seem horrible now, but you'll learn from it and be okay in the end.

6. You have to have friends in life


It's important to have people to lean on, especially on your bad days, and to celebrate with on your good ones. You can't just have you or a significant other to rely on.

7. Never be afraid to share your opinion

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Don't be afraid to put your thoughts and opinions out there because they might be wrong. They could have a huge impact on someone or something.

8. Don't stress over things you have no control over

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Everyone is on their own path, which means everything will work out the way it's supposed to, even if it doesn't make sense right now. Again, you're going to be okay.

9. Happy, healthy, wealthy, wise


My dad always says if you tell yourself every day that you're happy with yourself or your life, you're healthy and strong, you're wealthy in love and surrounded by great people, and you're knowledgable or wise, then you can achieve anything in life.

10.  S*** or get off the pot

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My all-time favorite piece of advice. Making decisions can be hard and scary, especially if the outcome could be getting hurt in the end. So, you either make a decision and roll with it no matter the outcome or you walk away.

Thanks, mom and dad for always being a phone call away when I need it! Just know that your advice and words of wisdom don't go unnoticed. For others, your parents have been on this planet much longer than you have and most likely experienced the same situations that you're dealing with. They don't have all the answers, but they are there to help.

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