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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20 Signs You Are In Tri Sigma

"Hey look at us! We are Tri Sigma girls!"

Tri Sigma has been my best decision in college. I have met so many friends I normally would not have met. It is crazy how different we all are but we really are not that different at all. I love these girls, and if you are a Tri Sigma, I bet you love them too.

If you are a Tri Sigma., you totally get this. We can all relate to these things being part of the best sorority (in my opinion!):

1. Pearls are a staple in your wardrobe.

2. Since our symbol is the boat, you have a new love for that beach theme.

3. If purple wasn't your favorite color, it is now!

4. Glitter is your second favorite color.

5. You cringe every time someone calls you a "Tri Sig." We are Tri SigMA!

6. You get a little emotional when you watch your Little get initiated because she finally gets to share this sisterhood with you.

7. You value Wisdom, Power, Faith, Hope, and Love.

8. No matter the years or miles apart, you know your sisters will be close at heart.

9. You give Sigma snaps everytime Carrie Underwood is on the radio or TV.

10. You know the struggle to find the perfect white dress.

11. April 20th means something different to you compare to other college students.

12. You have gained a new confidence in yourself as a woman.

13. You know Robbie Page was an inspiration, but also pretty cool kid with a loving momma.

14. You have a whole wall or bookshelf dedicated to your Sigma treasures.

15. You have come to realize that as a part of Tri Sigma, you are a part of something bigger than yourself.

16. You have been referred to as the sorority with the 3 Es.

17. You know the secret about the OG Harmony CareBear.

18. Violets are one of your favorite flowers.

19. Your favorite holiday is Bid Day.

20. You can't help but throw what you know where ever you go.

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Being in A Rush to Grow Up

Reminiscing On The Past

Remember when you were younger and you used to look at college students and think, "Wow, I can not wait to be an adult." WRONG! Now that we are in college and "adulting," we realize we do not have our lives together one bit. We struggle to wake up in the morning and get to class, and if we do get to class we are lucky if we don't look like a homeless person who just crawled out of a dumpster.

I remember being so excited to grow up because I would be able to do all sorts of things that I couldn't do when I was little. It all starts with getting your permit, rushing to be 15 and not realizing what we were leaving behind. Quickly after comes 16, getting your license, hopefully a car and feeling a whole new sense of independence. That feeling of being able to go anywhere and on your own time.

After the excitement of having your driver's license wears off, then comes the big 18. The time of being completely legally allowed to be independent. Your parents can kick you out, so play your cards right, am I right. At this point the excitement sets in of heading off to college and becoming your own person. Some may not go off to continue their education though, some may go other paths which can be equally exciting.

Once you get into your first couple years of college you realize at this point that you really don't have yourself together. You get fat, you go to class, and you probably cry more than you should. It's okay, it's normal, there could be worse things happening to you, right? All you are doing now is sitting around and waiting to turn 21 so you can legally do all the things you have already been doing.

But then what? You're 21, you are legally allowed to do everything you always looked forward to. But you look back on how simple things used to be before all the hoopla of growing up happened. Do you ever wish you could just turn back time for awhile and take things slower? Enjoy the times when your mom had to drive you to practice, and your dad gave you hell on not dating until you were 30.

Part of life is growing up, but sometimes it is about looking back and wishing it didn't go by too fast. Now all we can do is sit here, fat and in debt, and look back on the times when things were simpler and we thought growing up was this ideal to be had. Enjoy now, because you are just going to get older and older and wish you were back in the days that you are currently living in.

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