The 16 Most Prominent Differences Between 'Living At Home' And 'Living At College'

The 16 Most Prominent Differences Between 'Living At Home' And 'Living At College'

Sometimes one is better than the other.
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I have been able to experience living on-campus in a dorm and apartment, as well as living at home while attending college, and there is definitely a different dynamic between the two.

Sometimes I think living at home is better, and other times I miss being on campus. There are pros and cons to either situation.

1. Roommates

Living with your family vs. living with your friends is very different. With your friends you can stay up until two in the morning, but at home you don't have anyone your age that is working on assignments or is still hyped up on caffeine. Family on the other hand have early mornings, so they don't usually stay up past eleven.

2. Food Budget

I don't have to go out and buy my own groceries now that I am commuting from home, but when I lived an hour away I had to make sure to take the time to make it over to the store in order to stock up for the week. It saves a bit of time and money living at home, but without going to the store yourself there can also be the problem of not having foods you like.

3. Diet

Home cooked meals? Yes please! It's nice not having to make food sometimes. It's also nice not to have to eat Ramen all the time because you're too busy doing everything else. Being at home also gives you the opportunity to cook whenever you want. Feel like making cupcakes? Good thing you're home where there are mixing bowls, mixers, and all the necessary baking supplies.

4. Bills

This takes a substantial cost off of your tuition bill. Not having to pay for housing means that you can spend that money on other classes and necessary things throughout the year.

5. Parking

On campus you need to have a parking pass, but at home you can park for free. The only thing you need as a commuter is a pass to park on campus for part of the day or to go to a ramp, rather than having to pay to keep your car there for a whole semester.

6. Curfew

Being on your own, even if it is with a couple roommates, means you can come and go as you please. At home your parents want to know where you're going and when you'll be back. It makes it difficult to stay out later since you don't want to wake them up, and you also can't have anyone over late/early to avoid grumpy adults in the morning.

7. Household Dynamic

With friends you figure out a schedule. You know how busy life is, and if someone can't get to cleaning the living room that day you aren't going to kick them out. At home, however, they expect whatever they ask you to do to be done pronto. They don't seem to understand that homework can't always wait, especially if it has already been waiting until the day before to be completed.

8. Study Environment

Studying at home isn't always the easiest, especially when you are trying to take an online quiz and people keep knocking on your door to ask you questions. Going to a coffee shop or another location where you can work uninterrupted is good in either of these living situations, however while living on campus, walking to the library is always a good option.

9. Sleeping

Since parents go to bed early, it makes staying up late difficult. Living on campus on the other hand, there is usually someone interested in staying up to finish another assignment or just talk with you.

10. Friends

You are a room away versus being a ten minute drive from someone to hang out with. This is good and bad when it's three in the morning and your next-door neighbor wants to go get burgers, and you would rather have food than finish your paper due later that day.

11. Personal Space

Having your own room at home is great, but sometimes it's nice to have the company. Who are you supposed to have movie night with when there isn't someone sleeping five feet away?

12. On-Campus Activities

Walking out the door and going over to the cafe or the academic buildings is much easier when you live closer to them. Having to go back and forth becomes a chore at times, especially if there isn't anything do for the couple hour break between classes or events.

13. Clothing

Having your whole wardrobe and your siblings at your disposal is nice. You don't have to worry about forgetting something at home on your way back to school after a long weekend. Living with other people who aren't family is also nice because their wardrobes can also be at your disposal.

14. Appointments/Getting Sick

Trying to find a doctor in a different city or keeping the one from home and setting up appointments can prove to be difficult. Getting sick also isn't fun, because no one wants to be too far away from home when you need someone to make you a can of chicken noodle soup while you're lying in bed with a fever.

15. Work

For me, going to work is less difficult from home. The commute is ten minutes shorter here than it was while I was in Grand Rapids, which gives me more time to focus on studies and sleep in if I have to work early.

16. Pets

On campus housing doesn't let you have pets without a good reason (unless it is a fish), but living at home, you get to have all the furry companions you want, or rather, as many as you can talk your parents into letting you get.


There are things you will like and not like about any living situation, and each person prefers something different. I don't know which I would choose half the time. I think that the best thing to do is just do what you need to do, and what will be most beneficial in your situation. There isn't a bad choice, just one that may be more appealing than the other.

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Second Half Of The Semester Problems, As Told By Michael Scott

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The second half of spring semester is so bittersweet. The fun of spring break is sadly behind us, but we have the promise of summer to keep us going. We all know this struggle, and apparently, so does Michael Scott from "The Office."

You have absolutely no motivation to do your schoolwork after tasting the freedom of spring break.

Spring break has left you broke as a joke for the rest of the semester.

Your professors expect you to memorize an entire textbook before final exams.

You thought the semester was going extremely well until all of your professors decided to bombard you with assignments all at once.

You pull multiple all-nighters and practically overdose on caffeine just to get your homework done.

You just pretend your homework doesn't exist until you literally can't anymore.

All of your friends are getting into serious relationships but you are still single.

Your professors tell you that there won't be any extra credit opportunities before the semester ends.

All your friends are out having fun and partying when you have a morning class the next day.



When you do finally get to go out, you go a little too hard to make up for lost time.

You and your friends are supposed to be in a study group but you end up just goofing off the whole time instead.

That one annoying student in class reminds the professor that there was homework.

When your professor is still trying to lecture even after your class is supposed to be over.

You realize you only have a few short weeks left until final exams start.

You get a bad grade on an assignment you thought you did well on.

You are almost asleep, but then remember that you had homework due the next morning.

Your classes drag on for what feels like hours when in reality it's only been a few minutes.

You have multiple assignments and projects that start to all blur together by the end of the semester.

You have essays that you have to completely BS because you have no idea what to write about.

Your parents, family members or advisors ask you about your future plans even though you have no idea what to do.

Your professors lecture you on topics that you won't be tested on.

You procrastinate on your homework until the very last minute in hopes of finishing it the day before.

You realize you've been studying for so long you haven't left your house all day.

When exams finally come and you feel totally unprepared.

You start to think of extreme methods to pass your exams instead of just actually studying.

Keep your head up, fellow student. I know it's long and hard, but you will definitely make it through the rest of this semester!

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Quiet on the set.

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So you've decided that you want to be a Broadcast Journalist?

Many different thoughts go through you're while trying to first off figure out what story you want to pursue. After that, it's just a matter of getting everything that is needed for it and then putting it together.

For all clarity and purposes, I have already turned in my first news story, however as I was completing it, some (if not all) of these thoughts (or a variation of them) came across my mind at some point during the process.

1. Ok, so what are the important parts to my story?

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And how do I convey those things to my viewers?

2. What b-roll should I get?

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3. Do I have all the interviews I need?

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Who are the essential figures in this story?

4. What's my angle? How do I stick to it?

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Who do I need to interview for it?

5. What questions should I ask in my interview?

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6. What are the important facts?

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Should they all be included?

7. Do my voice overs cover everything that my interviews don't?

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What else is needed for this story?

8. Agh, my video is over the 1 minute and 30 seconds allowed time.

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Do I reduce it or do I leave it as is? I guess it depends on how much its over.

9. How should I say my tageline at the end of the video?

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The tagline is when the reporter says their name and their station affiliation at the end of their story.

10. Should I include a standup? Where should it be?

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What do I want to say?

11. Should I include a graphic?

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Is there something that can be said in a list form that the viewers need to see? Is it symptoms of a disease? Event details?

12. How do I make my interviews connect with my voice overs?

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Does what I am saying make sense?

13. What does my script need to look like?

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Should I add a NAT pop here? What SOT (Sound on Tape) do I want to use?

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