Why I Want to Go To College: Spilling the Universi-TEA

I'm Excited For The Next 4 Years Of My College Life Because Of These 9 Reasons

Let's spill the universi-TEA.

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Co- Written by Meghna Kamath and Sahiti Gellala

When you reach the final years of high school, the thought of going to college is an exciting prospect that sheds light on tons of new opportunities that one can pursue. Here's a compilation of some things we're looking forward to doing when we finally make the transition.

1. Discovering new interests

Colleges have so many extracurricular clubs and courses that one can take to widen their horizons. My cousin took African Jazz dance and Sailing in her freshman year at Boston University, and I can't wait to take similar unique classes when I join college! Although you do have to take classes that are mostly focused on your major, there is a lot of flexibility when it comes to choosing electives. Also, usually one does not have classes everyday in college, making it easier to explore different activities and passions in one's free time.

2. Meeting unique people


Unlike in high school, where most of the students are those you grew up with, college is filled with people from different cities, states or even countries! Having the opportunity to interact with people from different backgrounds and cultures helps to expand your own perspectives and create new memories together.

3. Studying abroad

In addition to just studying in your own country, you can also go abroad and explore new areas of study and cultures. You can finally experience what's it's like to live independently outside of your hometown. Most schools offer study abroad programs that transfer credit and financial aid, so you can travel debt-free. Studying abroad also give you the option to intern at international companies and sightsee on the weekends!

4. Interning with companies

The best way to get involved in your future field of study is to intern at a company that specializes in your field. If you didn't have the opportunity to do so in high school, you can be sure to find your dream internship at college! Colleges provide a great database of these companies and will get you started with your internship. Most internships are also paid, which allows you to spend your hard-earned money on fun college events like concerts and football games (but can also pay for textbooks)!

5. Discovering a sense of freedom

Sometimes, parents can be restrictive and have a say on where you go and what you do. But living in a dorm or an apartment at college gives you a different sense of freedom. You learn how to use your new privileges wisely and can make full use of all of your free time!

6. Exploring a different city

If you choose to study out of state, you will have the opportunity to explore a completely different city than the one you lived in. Every city has its own culture, a variety of restaurants, exciting events and a distinct vibe. Even moving to a different city in your own state can allow you to discover things you had never experienced before and make the college experience more enjoyable.

7. Learning how to take care of yourself

Let's face it. You don't really do much at home. But when you finally make the leap to college, you're pushed into the real world. Learning how to cook, clean and look after yourself really helps make that transition into adulthood. It gives you responsibility and helps you understand what it truly means to be independent.

8. Travelling with friends

College is officially when you're an adult. As part of the independence, you can travel wherever you want without constant supervision. In the company of your closest friends, travelling will be some of the highlights of college life.

9. Participating in college events

Some events like football games, parties, dance recitals and a-cappella performances are unique to the college experience. There's always an occasion to show your pride and have a good time watching talented people do what they do best.

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52 College Student Discounts That Are Extremely Real And TOO Easy To Use

31. Goodwill - 20% off on Tuesdays with college ID
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College is great.

But college is also expensive AF.

The cool thing about that is everyone knows that, and everyone — businesses included — knows college kids can't afford to spend *too* much money that they do NOT have. So you know that student ID you have?

It gets you college student discounts. Lots of them.


Entertainment

1. AMC Theaters

Discounted tickets on Thursdays

2. Apple Music

50% off.

3. Cinemark

Discounted tickets.

4. Regal Cinemas

Exclusive deals!

5. Spotify

Spotify Premium for $4.99/month!

6. New York Mets

$10 tickets with college ID.

Technology

8. Apple

Free pair of Beats with Mac purchase!

9. Best Buy

Exclusive deals!

Exclusive deals

10. FedEx

20-30% off shipping!

11. Microsoft

Multiple discounts!

12. Sprint

Multiple discounts!

13. Verizon

Exclusive deals!

Insurance

14. Allstate

20% off.

15. Geico

15% off.

16. Nationwide

Exclusive deals!

17. State Farm

25% off!

Travel

18. Amtrak

10% off and bonus points!

19. Chevrolet

Preferred pricing

20. Choice Hotels

15% off!

21. Greyhound

20-40% off!

22. Jiffy Lube

$10 or 10% off with college ID!

Education

23. Barnes & Noble

Multiple discounts!

24. Inkjet Willy

10% off with coupon!

25. Wall Street Journal

$1/week for 15 weeks!

Clothes

26. Aerie

10% off!

27. Billabong

10% off!

28. Champ Sports

10% off $50 purchase!

29. Charlotte Russe

10% off total purchase!

30. Forever 21

10% off full-price online purchase!

31. Goodwill

20% off on Tuesdays with college ID!

32. JCrew

15% off with college ID!

33. Kate Spade

15% off with college ID!

34. ModCloth

10% off!

35. Toms

Free shipping!

36. Topshop

10% off!

37. Urban Outfitters

10% off with college ID

38. Vinyard Vines

15% off with college ID!

Food

39. Arby's

10% off!

40. bd's Mongolian Grill

Student Night - $9.99 bowl of stir fry!

41. Buffalo Wild Wings

10% off!

42. Burger King

10% off!

43. Chik-fil-A

Free drink with a meal!

44. Chipotle

Free drink with a meal!

45. Dairy Queen

Student Meal Deal!

46. Dunkin Donuts

10% off!

47. McDonald's

10% off!

48. Subway

10% off!

49. Taco Bell

10% off!

50. Waffle House

Other

51. 1800Flowers.com

20% off!

52. Sam's Club

Discounts vary by location!

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Coming Home From College For The Summer Is Much Needed

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Since finals week began, I believe I can say for all college students that we were ready to come back to our hometowns for the summer. We had grown tired of eating at the dining hall, spending countless hours in the library, and pulling laundry from the dryers for it to still be damp. Being home for the summer rids you of those worries and only provides a sense of comfort and security with a furnished home and bedroom to yourself. We sometimes forget how things were before college, with a fully stocked refrigerator and even a dishwasher to keep things clean. Coming home often makes life much easier.

Coming home means revisiting all of your favorite places around town — restaurants, parks, or museums — with fresh eyes. Being away from these places for months on end only causes you to develop a deeper appreciation for the little things. In my case, the first thing I did upon arriving home was take a trip to my favorite local coffee shop. Not only is the coffee delicious, but going back to the shop itself also brings back numerous memories made over the past four years.

That is one of the best things about coming home — it's as if you're rediscovering parts of yourself that you left behind.

Being back in your hometown also enables you to reconnect with only friends and classmates whom you haven't seen in months or even a full year. Whether it be going for a walk together or grabbing breakfast, being able to update one another on your year of college life makes for great connections. You oftentimes find yourself missing your old friends more than you thought, but once you all get together again, it seems like nothing has changed.

One of my favorite parts of being home is spending more time with my family. I have never felt so grateful for home-cooked meals or a real washer and dryer until I stepped into my house again. Rather than talking on the phone with my parents about our days, I can sit down with them at the kitchen table and have a conversation in person. I also never realized that I would miss my parents — or my dog — as much as I did over the past year.

Though finding activities to pass the time can sometimes get "boring" in one's hometown, spending some time away can reinstate plenty of ideas. My sister and I found ourselves making a list of things we can do throughout the summer, and though some of the things we had done before, it sounded so much more exciting after spending the school year in a different city.

In the end, coming home makes you appreciate your town even more.

Even if you didn't love it before, being home for just a few months keeps you from taking life's finer things for granted. Especially when it's summer, you can relax on your own couch without the stress of school in front of you. Enjoy your city while you can, because it is always there to welcome you back.

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