3 Reasons Why You Should Go Away To College

3 Reasons Why You Should Go Away To College

Choosing to go away to college can be tough, but it'll be one of the best decisions you ever make.

Your Senior year of High School can be one of the most exciting, confusing, exhilarating and terrifying years of your life. Not only are you closing an incredibly important chapter of your life, but you are also making huge decisions about where your future will take you, and that can lead to some intense decision making.

It feels like forever ago that I graduated high school, but when I did I had a solid plan in place. After a missions trip to Kenya, my heart changed and I decided to alter all my plans at the last minute, but I am so grateful I did! I chose to move a thousand miles away from home and go to college in a place where I literally knew nobody, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

Since then, a lot of high schoolers have asked my advice on going out of state for school, so I wanted to share the top three reasons I believe you should go away to college.

1. You can truly start fresh.

A lot of teenagers tend to think that you really figure out who you’re going to be while in high school, but that couldn’t be more false. College is the place where you try new things, learn new things and meet new and different people. When you decide to attend college close to home, or somewhere you know a lot of people from high school, it can feel difficult to break out of your high school persona. People will know you, so they will assume you are the same old girl or guy. When you go away to college, you can be a different person, and truly figure out who you want to become. You have a genuine chance to be different and let that shape who you will become.

2. You will gain a different kind of independence.

Personally, I felt like I was a pretty independent person when I graduated high school, but going over a thousand miles away from home, made me realize just how much learning I still had to do. My Mom had always been the type of parent who made me figure things out for myself, but was always there if I needed help or had questions. I am forever grateful that she did that, because it made me try to figure things out on my own before running to her. When you go away to college, not only will you start becoming the person you want to be, but you will start becoming more and more independent. Your parents and family won’t be there to do things for you, so you’ll have to figure them out. You will truly begin to step into adulthood, which can be a good and bad thing!

3. You make lifelong friends.

Going to a school where I knew nobody, and my family was so far away was honestly terrifying. When I dropped my Mom off at the airport, the day before orientation started, I was overcome with a sense of fear, but then almost immediately it settled and became excitement. College is most often the place where you will make lifelong friends. When you go away to school and your old friends aren’t there to fall back on, you become more genuine in the way you make friends. I made some of my very best friends in college, and I don’t believe I would have made those same kind of friendships if I had stayed close to home. I couldn’t go home very often, so I started to form my own little family at school, and it was the best thing.

There are so many other reasons to go away to college, those are just a few that I believe truly stand out. Don’t get me wrong, going away to college is not for everyone, but if you are even thinking about it I would encourage you to try it out for at least one semester. I’m not going to lie and say it was easy, there were times where I was so homesick I would just curl up in a ball and cry, but I never let it stop me. After four years, and countless classes, I came out of that place with the sweetest friendships, a growth in myself that I don’t believe would have happened without that school, a great education and an incredibly hot husband.

Go away to college, try something new, be a different person, and don’t let fear hold you back from anything!

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Mom, This One Is For You As I Leave For College

Thanks for being my best friend.

Dear Mom,

it feels like yesterday that we were jumping up and down in the kitchen while tears of joy ran down our faces as the college acceptances started rolling in. You tagged along on my campus tours and wrote the pros and cons while I listed them off as I paced back and forth trying to make the decision of where my home would be the next four years. As six months till move in day has now turned into less than two weeks I just have a few things to say:

First, I'm going to miss you! Yes, I reminded you every couple of days how close we were to move in day and I've said several times that I can't wait to start this new chapter in my life but, I'm a lot sadder than I let on. In the midst of my excitement I have ignored the thought of not being able to see you everyday, being able to sing in the car with you to the songs we know we can kill, eating popcorn while watching Grey's Anatomy on Thursday nights, or even something as simple as sharing a meal with you.

Secondly, I want you to know how much I appreciate you. Mom, I appreciate everything you have done for me thus far in life. I appreciate you dealing with the stressful side of me that came out while dorm shopping, when I know I didn't make it easy. Thank you loving me and encouraging me these past several years that made me into the person I am today. I am grateful for the sacrifices you have made and will probably make in the future with my best interest in mind. I feel so blessed that you are my sunshine on my cloudy days.

Third, I want to apologize in advance. I know there will be times I'm too busy to come home some weekends or even talk for an hour, despite really wanting to. There will be days filled with stress when I don't want you to know about the test I failed earlier that day or about the argument I had my boyfriend or roommate. Don't take any sass or delayed texts to heart, because you know I'll always call you back, I'll always break down and need your direction, and I'll always need to hear your voice.

One last thing, you will always be my best friend. You are the person who I get all of my advice from and the one who can make me laugh when all I want to do is cry. You turn my bad days into great ones. I can't wait to make you proud as I continue my education and start this new chapter in my life but, I hope you know it's all because of you. Your constant love, support, mother-daughter meals, advice, jam sessions in the car, hugs while I've cried and laughs to make me smile have all made me the person I am today. A person proud to be your daughter and a person who's ready to start college. So, mom, this one is for you!

Thank you!

With love,

Your Daughter.

P.S. thank God for FaceTime, am I right?

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22 Things The URI Class Of 2022 Should Know Even Before Their First Class Begins​

I don't want you to embarrass yourself or make the mistakes everyone else has, even though most of you probably will.


I was quite the innocent and confused freshman, not to mention also super embarrassing. Everything I have here is things every URI freshman learns eventually, with much trial and error. I'm blessing you with 22 pieces of essential info you need to know coming into URI.

I don't want you to embarrass yourself or make the mistakes everyone else has, even though most of you will probably make some of those mistakes regardless. I hope you learn something!

1. "Caroline" by Aminé will be played far too many times at parties

2. There are no frat parties at the frat houses, don't look a fool and line up outside of them thinking there's going to be any parties at the beginning of the year

3. Don't smoke in your room, be smart and go somewhere else

4. Go to Hope for good salads and Butt for good nugs and omelets

5. DO NOT SKIP CLASS! You'll be setting yourself up for failure

6. Don't blow your Ram Card money all in one month, be savvy with your spending

7. You'll either love your roommate or hate them, and if the problem can't be solved, Housing can move you out fast AF

8. URI is hella cliquey, it's almost like you never left high school sometimes

9. The second floor of the library is straight up Greek Life and you'll never get work done. SO if you want to get work done, try the first floor if you like noise or the third, which is no noise

10. Football games suck (sorry), basketball games are where it's at so invest in Rhody Ruckus

11. Order On-The-Go or get to Dunks during off-times in the morning, like while everyone is in class, or you'll be stuck in line for an eternity

12. Hillside is overrated, it's got nice lounges but that's really it

13. Avoid the "I don't want a relationship right now but I want you to do relationship things with me anyway" guys and gals. You're worth someone who wants to commit to you and I learned that far too late

14. Don't seclude yourself in your dorm because you have a significant other and want to talk to them 24/7. You'll end up with a very small pool of people willing to chill with you

15. Don't be the roommate who sexiles your other roomate(s) all the time, it's rude and annoying

16. I rushed as a sophomore and I don't regret it, but I highly recommend both guys and girls to do it as freshmen. Be involved as much as you can in your fraternity or sorority and in Greek 101 (which sucks to go to but it's not that bad)

17. Please don't be a disgusting slob in the bathrooms. Your fellow hallmates, not to mention the janitorial staff who work their butts off to clean after you, would really appreciate it

18. University Spirit at the top of campus in the Emporium has super cute URI and Greek Life apparel and it's not as expensive as getting it from the Bookstore

19. They're also adding Insomnia Cookies to the Emporium. You're welcome.

20. Don't stand around in the middle of where people walk in the dining halls, it makes the upperclassmen very triggered

21. Be thankful for freshmen dorms and elevators... next year if you're stuck in the Sophomore Slums, you'll regret saying your dorm sucked

22. GA concert tickets aren't the best, you're honestly better off sitting because you can actually go pee and not worry about losing a spot (go to as many concerts as you can, just saying)

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