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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11 Things 20-Year-Olds Who Look 12 Are Tired Of Hearing

No, I don't need a kids' menu, thank you very much.

I used to just laugh it off when someone thought I was 12 years old back when I was in high school, but now that I am three years deep into college getting ready to graduate, I don’t laugh anymore. If you are in the same situation as me looking like a child trying to get into a bar/club and the bouncer is questioning if your ID is fake, please read on — you may relate very much. Here are 11 things 20+ year-olds who look 12 are tired of hearing:

1. I didn’t know they let 12-year-olds work here.

Nope. They don’t.

2. What school do you go to?

Me: Florida State.

Person: University?!

3. *Tries to get a sample at Target* Is your parent nearby?

Let me FaceTime my mom really quick and ask her permission for this protein bar sample.

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4. *Server at a restaurant* Here you go, sweetie. What can I get you, darling? Hi, honey, how are you?

You are no more than three years older than me, there is no need for "sweetie."

5. It’s your birthday? Happy Birthday! How old now, fourteen/fifteen?

6. You look so much older when you wear makeup.

Is that supposed to be a compliment?

7. Wow, you're how old? You look like you are twelve.

Have you seen a twelve-year-old lately?

8. You probably just look young because you're short.

9. *Tries to flirt with a guy* You're a little too young for me I think.

I'm your age. Maybe even older.

10. Are you old enough to see this movie? Can I see your ID please?

11. You're going to be so thankful when you are in your 50's.

So I've been told. Hopefully, it's worth it.

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It Took Me 4 Years And $100K To Realize Why Poor Kids Like Me Don’t Go To College

But now that I know, I can't get it out of my mind.


I grew up poor.

There, I said it. It's out in the open now—I don't come from a family that has a bunch of money. In fact, my family doesn't have much money at all. My single mother works in fast food and does a DAMN good job trying to support herself and the rest of us. A lot of the food my family gets comes from food pantries. We have received government assistance before. I grew up poor, but I haven't let that define me.

Especially when it came to going to college.

I didn't want to let my economic background hold me back from my potential. I wanted to be the first person on both sides of my family to receive my college degree. I wanted to get a better paying job and moving up in socioeconomic status so I don't have to be the "poor" girl with the "poor" family all my life. I'm not really ashamed of coming from a poor family, but I also don't want to be poor my entire life.

For a majority of my college career, I wondered why there weren't many poor students around me at college. I go to a public university, and it's just the same price as any other state school really. Coming from a lower income home, I did receive a lot of assistance, and without it, there's no way in hell I could be here. I know that many other lower-income students can get this same assistance, which really made me wonder why there was such a lack of other poor kids around me.

I mean, everyone posts videos from their nice, upper-middle-class homes on Snapchat over holiday breaks while I go back home to the trailer park.

Everyone can call mom or dad and ask for money when things get rough while I pay for 100% of the things I own because my mother simply cannot afford it.

Everyone walks around in their name-brand clothes while I'm rocking Walmart knockoffs. It's not something I thought about for a couple years in college, but once I noticed it, I couldn't think of anything else.

It took me nearly all four years of college to realize why there's such a lack of poor students at my average, public university. Poor students are set up for failure in college. It's almost designed to be a survival of the fittest when it comes to us lower-income students, and those of us who are deemed the fittest and do make it to graduation day are typically stuck with a lot of debt that we don't have the financial intelligence or support to even think about paying off.

Poor students are in the minority in college, and when you're in a minority anywhere, surviving can be difficult. When it costs $100 just for a 5-digit code to do your homework, it can be hard to stay in school. When the cost of living on campus is $10,000 or rent for an apartment is nearly $500 a month, it can be hard to stay in school. When you don't have a car because you can't save up the money for one and your parents can't help you, it can be hard to stay in school. When you're forced to get a minimum wage, on-campus job that limits your to twenty hours a week, it can be hard to stay in school. When all of your friends don't understand why you can't go out to eat or to the bar every weekend, it can be hard to stay in school. All of these reasons add up to the main reason why poor kids don't go to college—the odds are stacked against us.

I never had shame in my socioeconomic status until I went to college. In my hometown, I wasn't much less than the norm. Now, my home life is drastically different than that of all of my friends. I know that this is something that is never going to change because when I enter the workforce in less than a year, I'll be going in as the first member of my family with a college degree. People will treat me differently when I tell them this, even if I don't want them to. People will treat me differently when they ask where my parents work and I tell them McDonald's. It's an unfortunate reality that I cannot control.

It took me nearly all four years to realize why poor kids don't go to college, but now that I know, I can't get it off my mind.

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