8 Reasons To Go To An In-State College

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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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10 Things To Look For In Order To Find True Happiness, Besides A Relationship

True happiness needs to come from yourself.


Okay, I have been single for a while and I'm perfectly okay with that. I enjoy casual dating and I'm at a point in my life where a lot is changing and I don't want to subject someone else to those rapid changes. I also focus a lot on work, so that also becomes a factor. However, recently I was feeling a little down because a lot my friends are currently in happy relationships and sometimes being alone can suck. I won't lie, it isn't always easy, but at the end of the day I prefer it and I have even contemplated trying to get into a relationship, but I know that getting into a relationship just for the sake of having one is completely immature and unhealthy.

True happiness needs to come from yourself. So of course, I had to remind myself why I prefer single life and I composed this very blunt list and thought even harder about senseless relationships. You know, the kind of people who get into relationships during "cuffing season"? So I thought I'd share this little reminder for all those looking to get into a relationship out of loneliness, not out of genuine affection for another person!

1. Your independence

Couldn't have said it better myself!

2. Your family

Probably the best thing about being single. I know a healthy relationship allows you to have a good amount of time with family, but being single has definitely given me a lot of time with my mom. Additionally, I've gotten a lot of great relationship advice from her since being single. This is my momma, I bear no resemblance.

3. Your friends

At the end of the day, they have you like nobody else. They'll be the ones picking you up when you're down and that's not something to be taken for granted. This is my best friend Sara, basically my sister for the last almost 14 years.

4. A job

I'm a workaholic, so this is me always. I can't stand not working, it makes me feel unproductive, and money is the motive, ladies!

5. A hobby

I personally love to read. I go through at least two books a month, I love coloring during the summer months, I like to write, and I actually can sketch a little, but I need to pick that up again! Whatever sparks your interest, do it; trust me, you will be so much happier.

6. A pet

I have a pup; his name is Coco, no, not like chocolate, like Coca-Cola. One day I'll explain that name when I tell the story of how he came into my life. In the meantime, here's a picture of my little munchkin! I promise you, pets are great listeners and awesome cuddle buddies!

7. A vacation

Vacay! I'm going to Orlando, FL for my birthday weekend and then I'm going to spend three and a half weeks in Europe during the month of July. I've honestly never been more excited because I never vacation. My birthday weekend I have a group of friends going and then Alexia and I are going to Europe. Quality time with friends make things great and at the end of the day, they'll have your back always!

8. A lifestyle change

Now, I'm not advocating for dieting alone, maybe workout, take a yoga class, meditate, do a juice cleanse, or try out some vegan recipes. Make yourself feel good I know when I need something new in life, I try being vegan for a few weeks. It gives me something to focus on and I genuinely enjoy eating that way.

9. New restaurants

Kinda of the opposite of the last one, but who cares! TABLE FOR ONE, Y'ALL! In all seriousness, I enjoy going out to brunch with my friends and we love looking for new places. It'ss good to focus on that versus just thinking about dining alone. Also, this is my friend Emily and she is amazing and I love her a brunch.

10. Yourself

This is key; at the end of the day, it's you. You're the one that has to pick yourself up when your down and you're the one who has to rise. No person, no relationship, and no need to be loved should ever come between your ability to love yourself.

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Jamie Stockwell On Life, Learning, And News

The story of a woman who usually tells the stories herself.


Jamie Stockwell, Deputy National Editor of the New York Times, shared both her story and her experiences as a storyteller to a public policy and leadership class at the University of Maryland on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

Originally from southern Texas, Stockwell received a degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where she worked at their on-campus publication, the Daily Texan. After graduating, she spent 8 years working at the Washington Post, before heading back to Texas to work in San Antonio.

It was in the newsroom in San Antonio that she credits her learning of how to be an editor, and it was there that she was thrown into coverage of issues such as border security and environmental concerns.

After being in San Antonio for eleven years, Stockwell accepted a position at The New York Times.

"I really admire local newspapers, they're doing a bang-up job," Stockwell said. However, when New York came calling, Stockwell took the call, leading her to where she is today.

Currently, Stockwell serves as the deputy national editor at the Times, and while she has only been there for about 8 months, she is already aspiring to make her mark.

"I have like 25 years left to do this, and that makes me really sad," Stockwell said. As an industry, Stockwell has seen journalism evolve, with its embrace of the digital age bringing new platforms and new challenges to the concept of news reporting.

This evolution has broadened news, making it now accessible to anyone and everyone, making it difficult to remain objective. When asked about this, Stockwell said that the best thing she can do in terms of objectivity is not to let any of her opinions seep into her coverage and to make sure that when gathering information, all sides of the story are considered. Stockwell spoke of the importance of quoting both men and women, liberals and conservatives, and all sides of every spectrum of a story.

When it comes to sources, Stockwell said that the best way to decide whether or not the source is credible to consider what the motives of the source are.

"If your mom says she loves you, check it out," Stockwell said, proving that in the world of journalism, no words can be taken as they are, and all statements, even "I love you's," require thorough investigation.

For the students, Stockwell did offer some advice on how to make it in a newsroom, saying that the number one thing she looks for in an employee is curiosity.

"Work your butt off when you're young," Stockwell said, showing students that in the world of writing stories, a success story for oneself comes through interest, desire, and the drive to always do better, and to always work hard.

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