8 Reasons You Should Go To College In State

8 Reasons To Go To An In-State College

As much as out-of-state sounds really fantastic, in-state is just so much better.

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When applying to colleges, a lot of high schoolers dream of going somewhere far away and new, somewhere they can start over, somewhere their parents won't be breathing down their necks. Honestly though, all of that is overrated. Going to a state school is the most thrilling college experience, and here are just some of the reasons why.

1. School spirit

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Although private universities have a lot of school spirit, no one loves their university more than state school students. They're proud of their respective schools because college, to them, represents more than just a certain demographic of academics, sports, or other activities. State schools are a diverse cross section of their states, and the diversity that they encourage is what people are so enthusiastic to convey.

2. Easy laundry access

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You were probably really excited to move away from home and start living the life of a free ,independent adult. What you didn't expect was just how much laundry costs would add up on your journey to "adulthood." There's something really convenient and amazing about living close enough to home that laundry costs are never an issue.

3. You're used to the (probably terrible) weather

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No one likes change, and whether you're more used to the clear blue skies of California or the shifting seasons of Maryland, you probably prefer your own state's weather to that of others. You know what to expect, and you've got a whole wardrobe to suit your university needs.

4. Forgetting stuff at home is no problem

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Move in day is stressful enough, but adding on the possibility of forgetting something key that you have no way of getting is even worse. Going out-of-state means a long road trip or plane ride to and from campus, and you have to fit everything in either one car, or worse, a couple suitcases. Attending an in-state school means you've got constant access to all of the belongings you left behind at home, no matter if you've got room for them on the very first trip to college.

5. Easy grocery access

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Once you're living in your own apartment in college, you may realize that grocery shopping in college sucks. You probably don't have a car, so you have to carry your groceries yourself, and you don't have money, so you don't have anything to actually by groceries with as it is. Instead, as an in-state student, you get the luxury of going home, buying cheaper, better groceries, and transporting them back to your apartment with ease. How great is that?

6. You may already know some people at school before it even starts

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Sure, high school kind of sucked, I know. Still, college is scary, and it might be nice to know a friendly face or two. That's in no way an excuse to sit in your room and avoid new experiences, but it is a reassurance that everything will ultimately be okay.

7. In-state tuition

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This one speaks for itself. Who doesn't love lower prices? Out-of-state may be exciting in some ways, but the money you'll save going in-state is ultimately going to help you if you want to study abroad, take a gap year, or go to grad/law/med school.

8. Home is always close-by

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As much as no one wants to admit it, we miss home. College is fun, but nothing compares to the feel of your own bed, your own family, your own pets. There are some things that your poster-studded dorm room will never replace, and those things are never far when you go to school in-state.

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The Struggles Of Finding The Perfect Apartment In Chicago

Apartment hunting can be fun, but it can also be incredibly stressful.

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I believe that there are many factors that contribute to overall happiness. In my personal experience, I have found that happiness starts at home - wherever home may be. Yet, the most difficult aspect of my life in recent times has been searching to find a new home. Deciding to move halfway through my college career has been a difficult choice, but an ultimately exciting experience to say the least. Naturally, the greatest challenge has been in the attempts to find a place that I want to be proud to call my new home. After roughly three months of my roommate and I searching for the perfect Chicago apartment, I am relieved to say that our mission has finally come to an end. As we finally agreed upon what seems to be the perfect apartment, this decision is a testament to our struggles along the way.

At the beginning of our apartment hunting journey, my roommate and I were beyond excited to find our new home. We imagined taking on the city together, as well as all of the perks and amenities our potential home may have to offer us. Yet, after going on a multitude of tours, we began to fear that there would be no end in sight. As there are seemingly limitless options of apartments in Chicago, it became rather overwhelming to decide upon which neighborhood we wanted to live in, as well as what we hoped would be included in our apartment. Between pricing, viewings and everything else in between, the "fun" of searching for an apartment began to take a toll on us.

Luckily, our struggles came to an end this past week after finding an apartment that suits us perfectly. After our feelings of stress regarding the activity, we are more than excited to move into our new home this summer. I have truly learned that the "fun" of apartment hunting in Chicago is not in the activity itself - to be honest, it's most likely found within the interior decorating, which we have been planning before we even decided on an apartment.

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.

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1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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