The Truth about Going to College Close to Home

The Truth about Going to College Close to Home

Having to attend a school so close to home put a sour taste in my mouth, until I realized the sweet advantages that laid ahead.

Trust me, I know what you’re thinking—why would anyone want to go to college so close to home? Like every other teenager wanting to escape the rules of their parent’s, I was planning a new, exciting life after high school. I wanted college to be a time where I got to experience a whole new atmosphere and people. I wanted to leave. However, that all changed when I decided to go to Syracuse University.

I love the school. I love the atmosphere. I love my major. However, I had one problem: my future school was only a mere 30 minutes away. Syracuse was a part of my childhood. I was here when the Destiny Mall was called the Carousel Mall. I came up for a glam makeover at Libby Lu for a friend’s eight birthday party. I grew up next to this city. Syracuse was all too familiar to me. Therefore, having to attend a school so close to home put a sour taste in my mouth, until I realized the sweet advantages that laid ahead.

Honestly, during the first few days at Syracuse I was expecting my mom and dad to lurk in the corners of my school, watching my every move. I thought they would call multiple times a day, afraid to let me go.

But, boy was I wrong. I was surprised how the short distance to home had no effect on my life on campus. I got to make friends, stay out late, or go to class in a totally new environment, all by myself. I was actually happy I was going to school close to home. This realization changed my whole perspective.

To those hours or even 2,500 miles away from home, I am sorry. As you complain of how a pack of ten water bottles cost ten dollars, I have my caring mother throwing cases of water at me. When I am in need of more food or more school supplies, my parents are there for me. Thinking of going home for break? Stressed looking up train, airplane, or bus tickets for your journey back home? Watching my friends hustle to book tickets during the horrible winter season helped me understand how blessed I was to wake up, call my parents, and be on my way home in a flash. Not only is it amazing when my parents are there to help me with food or supplies, but I also have amazing opportunities to see my family when I miss them. That does not have to mean going home and spending every second with them. I get to see them for lunch or go out on a quick shopping trip and just spend some quality time with my family. I can even go home to play with my silly dog. Now how could that get any better?

So when you are thinking about moving away and choosing a college, just know that living close to home does not have to be a burden. It can create opportunities for you to flash some quick facts about the city to show off to your new friends or go home quickly for family events. Once a doubter, I urge you to think about the benefits of living near home, so maybe you can live the best of both worlds like me.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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