Why I Am Glad I Choose A College In My Home State

You Don't Need To Go Far Away From Your Home Town To Get The Full College Experience

You don't need to go far away from your home town for college.


Choosing a college is a very difficult decision that you have to make your senior year of high school, and I feel that I made the exact right choice.

I applied to multiple colleges, and most were far away and out of state.

I am very glad I decided not to leave Oregon though because I don't think I could start an entirely new school, and be far away from my family at the same time. I really enjoy that I am a quick two-hour drive away from my home because if I have a bad week at school, I can just drive home to see my family. I could not imagine not having this option.

I feel like it is important for seniors who are picking their schools to know that college is hard, and you will get homesick, but being close to home makes it a little bit easier.

Also, there is nothing wrong with choosing a college that is close to home, because college is still a new experience and you will meet tons of new people. When coming to the University of Oregon I didn't fully realize that I would meet so many new friends, because I thought I would know a lot of people who went here. It is nice to meet new people, but at the same time have the friendly faces of people from your hometown around you.

With all this being said college has made me realize that I am now ready to grow and move away from my home state but I needed the last three years to fully be prepared.

Not everyone feels the same way about going to a college in-state, but I am glad I made that decision because I don't think I would have been as happy at any other school.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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