5 Reasons Why You Should Move Away For College

5 Reasons Why You Should Move Away For College

Moving out may be the best decision you cold make.

College, the transition into adulthood that every kid dreams of. Being a college freshman I can tell you that it isn't all sunshine and rainbows, but here are 5 reasons why you should move away for college.

1. Experiences

Going to college is nothing short of 4 years worth of amazing memories. To say that moving three states away from my entire family wasn't completely terrifying is an understatement. Living away from home, especially if it's for the first time is wild. I grew up in a small town, where there were less than 15 stoplights and everyone hangs out in a parking lot on Friday nights. Here, there are endless things to do every night of the week and there are more than 15 stoplights between here and Target. Even on campus, every time you step foot out of your room is an experience.

2. Education

Going to college for most means going to get an education, with dreams of becoming something amazing. Although you're attending classes like biology, chemistry, and calculus some of the best education you will receive comes from outside of the classroom. You have to learn to do everything on your own like; trying not to tun your laundry every color under the sun, grocery shopping, how to find your way around a new city, and maybe discovering your new favorite place.

3. Freedom

Where do I even begin? You've officially moved out of the house, you're on your own in an unfamiliar city and you have 4 years ahead of you. Your parents aren't there to tell you not to get Chick-Fil-A at 11:30 every night, or to not go to your 8 AM class in your pajamas. Initially, this seems like the best thing to ever happen to you, but soon you'll miss your moms nagging advice, or your dads special Saturday morning doughnut runs.

4. Football

Maybe it's just me, but college football is the epitome of college sports. From the hype cheers, to the tailgates, to the cute players no one wants to miss a football Saturday. Football in high school may seem like the be-all end-all of social interaction, but nothing can compare to those afternoons in the student section freezing, getting a sunburn, and razzing the opposing team every chance you get.

5. Friendships

Not only is college the time of YOUR life, it is the time when you make your friends for life. It could be sorority, athletics, study groups, university organizations, or leadership programs. Wherever you find your niche there will be people for you. I'm just beginning my journey through college, and I already know the friends I am making will be some of my friends for life.

So whether you end up at a school an hour away or twelve, moving away from home will be the best decision you can make.

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Everything really does happen for a reason.


When something does not work out as planned, our immediate thoughts are overwhelming. I have sat up many nights, staring at the ceiling, wondering why things did not work out as planned. I know sometimes you feel as if the whole world is coming down on you. I know you are frustrated at the mystery of events that could take place.

Trust me, it will get better and work out in a way you never would've imagined.

When you wallow in self-pity after things not working out, you are only hindering your success. You know when everything will get better? It will get better when you start believing in yourself. It will get better when you start to love yourself for who you are and push yourself to your fullest potential.

Life has many different paths and obstacles that we, as human beings, are faced with every day.

When we do not have a choice on the outcome of particular situations, it is hard to see the positive side.

Take a minute to close your eyes and think about the last time something did not work out as planned. Were you optimistic and positive? If not, take this advice from me.

To my 6th grade relationship where I acted out the "Romeo and Juliet" scene for my first kiss, thank you. To the immature middle-school drama, thank you. To dance auditions, thank you. To falling in love with one specific college, thank you. To having a crazy freshman year experience, thank you.

Now, these are just a handful of events that did not go as planned for me personally. I can truthfully say, with all of these "losses," I gained so much more. Sometimes we do not even realize that the plans we are making for our lives may not be the best. The plans that are meant to work out always do.

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To the guy that is frustrated about his career path, say thank you.

To the child that is left out in a friend group, say thank you.

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So, to all the things that did not work out, thank you.

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