Why It's Okay To Go To College Close To Home

Why It's Okay To Go To College Close To Home

You don't have to travel far to get the most out of your college experience.

Searching for colleges is an exciting time. The plethora of schools out there are your oyster, and you can choose to go almost anywhere you please. For a lot of people, they want to ‘get away from their home town’ and experience a new life. They want to go to school hours away, far enough to live life on their own, leaving their life prior to school miles away. I wanted to be one of those people when I looked for colleges. I was looking at schools that were three, four, and even six hours away. I wanted to start new, get away from my small town and find a new, better version of myself.

Once May 1st came around and I decided where to spend the next four years of my life, I chose a school 30 minutes away from my house, where at least 20 out of the 250 kids in my graduating class chose to go as well.

When it came down to the last few weeks before decision day, I started to put my life and future into perspective. Is it worth paying that out of state tuition to go for a degree that will take years to pay off the loans? Does it make sense for me, for my career, to go to a school in another state or hours away, when I’ll most likely end up back in my home county to work? Would I be able to handle being hours away from my family? For a lot of people, it’s well worth it for them going out of state or far away, whether it’s for their career or for themselves. I think people that travel far to begin the next step of their lives are incredible, and I applaud their confidence! But for me, going far away just didn’t make sense.

Going to school close to home doesn’t make you a loser, it doesn’t mean you don’t get the “college experience”, and it doesn’t mean that you’re going to be home 24/7. There’s people that live as close as 15 minutes to school and only travel home once or twice before holiday breaks, and there’s some that choose to go home every weekend to see friends and family. The thought of not being near my family scared me, and I love that I can go home to see them or have dinner with them almost whenever I want. I don't know what I would do if I couldn't run home to see them without having to take a jump, hop and a skip coming from hours away.

Through the college I chose, I have been able to become the new, better version of myself that I desired to discover two years ago during my search. You can go to college 30 minutes away or you could go three hours away, what you make of your college experience is what you’ll take from it. The most important thing is whether you are happy where you are.

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25 Things About Me

On My 25th Birthday

Since my birthday is on Sunday, I decided to write an article all about me!

1. I love to cook for my husband. Actually, I like to cook period. I even have my on cooking blog titled "If You Want To Eat You Have To Cook". My favorite thing to make is anything with noodles because I love Asian food.

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2. I have a degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations.

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3. My favorite food to eat while I am out and about is sushi.


4. Cats are my favorite animal.


5. My favorite thing to drink is a margarita.


6. My favorite season is summer.

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7. I love making treats for my husband, such as cakes and love notes.

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8. My favorite artist is Lady Gaga.


9. My favorite movie genre is a crime drama, such as Lifetime Movies.

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10. I love wrapping presents for other people.


11. My favorite outfit is a long summer dress.


12. My favorite color is pink.


13. My most prized possession are my engagement and wedding rings.


14. I love taking black and white pictures.


15. My favorite dessert is coconut or red velvet cake.

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16. I love my parents and husband.


17. One of my guilty pleasures is binge watching the Bachelor and Bachelorette.


18. My favorite show on TV right now is Nashville.


19. I love to watch Disney movies.

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20. I love cooking with my husband.

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21. My favorite meal is steaks and gnocchi.


22. I love bingewatching TV shows on Netflix.

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23. I love taking road trips on the weekend with my husband.


24. I love getting things done early, and hate procrastination.


25. I love myself and I love being me.

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6 Signs You're Experiencing The Infamous Sophomore Slump

Stress goes up, excitement goes down.

As the end of my sophomore year in college is now in sight, I've begun to take a look back on this year and how utterly strange it has been. I've recently found a term that perfectly describes everything I've felt from this year in just two words: Sophomore Slump. This term has been coined to describe a,

"Period of developmental confusion where students may face difficulties in academic, social, and personal development. In addition, after the novelties of college social life have worn off, nothing seems quite as special."

I've definitely experienced this feeling this year, and although I find myself still enjoying college, the stresses have seemed to increase while the excitement has simultaneously worn off. If you're suffering through the Sophomore Slump as well, you might be able to relate to these tell-tale signs.

1. You went from going out every weekend to adopting a sleep schedule similar to your grandparents.

Freshman year, every weekend was full of constant opportunities for parties. You waited your whole life for the true college experience, and last year you went a little too hard. Now, you're making up for it by spending your weekends reading, sleeping and most importantly, binging the latest Netflix original special.

2. Frat parties are yesterday’s news.

I still remember the excitement leading up to frat parties during my freshman year, especially for tailgates. Now, if I ever even do go out, I prefer a house party with people I actually enjoy being around.

3. You begin questioning whether your major is right for you…and is it too late now?

Is my major the right one for me? I'm already too far in! I can't back out now! Sophomore year is basically a giant ball of stress and quarter-life crises.

4. You enjoy feeling more like an adult, but you miss the innocence of being a freshman.

As a freshman, you were still naive to adult life, and while that had its own problems, sometimes you miss being the new kid on campus with a whole world of opportunities ahead of you.

5. Somehow, if it’s even possible, your procrastination has gotten even worse.

If you thought last year was bad...

6. And you still find yourself in a constant state of denial.

It's fine, I'm fine, everything's fine.

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