Why I Chose Not To Live On My College Campus

Why I Chose Not To Live On My College Campus

Although many other students are living on their college campuses, I am not for a couple of specific reasons.
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A lot of times, college is seen as a fresh start for many high school graduates each year. Most of the time, people assume students will move out of their parent's homes and live at the institution they are enrolled in. However, this does not include every college student, including myself, for a multitude of reasons. Today I will explain why I chose to continue living at home, and why so far it's been a good experience for me.

A major factor in any college-related decision is finances and determining how the student and/or family will pay each year for college. Living on campus is a large expense for any college student who chooses to live on campus, as it greatly increases the tuition rate as a whole. Personally, this larger debt was a major reason why I chose not to live on campus. The general off-campus tuition is pretty expensive, and I don't want to drown in debt and have to continue paying it for years. Although the experience is great for all who choose to live on campus, the value of saving money outweighs the value of this experience for me personally.

Although money was a large factor in shaping my residential decision, there is another equally important reason why I chose to live at home. I am a person who values the things that are familiar to me, such as old friends and family. Although in college I am looking for a new experience in shaping my future career path, there are some things I feel don't need to change in my life. I feel very comfortable living with my father right now and maintaining a close relationship with him and my grandparents. Although I will meet great new friends on campus, I feel as though I don't want to leave behind the friends of mine who have stayed in my home town. I like to maintain the best of both worlds in a sense, by keeping the friends I have gained in high school as well as making new friends at college. I still spend time with some of these old friends, and have decided that they are worth keeping around. Essentially, I chose to stay at home to maintain the strong relationships I have with old friends and family.

In conclusion, although I am only experiencing half of what most students in college do, I feel very comfortable with my decision to live at home. Not only do I feel as though I am saving a large amount of money, but that I am keeping my good friends and family close while attending college. I understand why students who move out make that decision, but I am not someone who wants such a major change in my life right now. Maybe I will change my mind next year, who knows. But for now, I am very pleased with the choice I have made in regards to college and being a commuter.

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10 Questions I Have For The "Busy" People Who Don't Have A Job In College

How can your parents keep funneling you money, no questions asked?
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College is a rough time for most people. It's fast, stressful, and most of the time you're not really sure what's going on. While college gets the best of all of us, there is a select group of people that seem to complain the most about school, AND THEY DON'T HAVE JOBS.

Here are 10 questions I have for people who don't have a job in college.

1. How are you so "busy?"

ALL YOU DO IS GO TO CLASS.

2. How do you keep going out and going shopping?

How do you have money? Does it fall from the sky only for you?

3. How can you pretend money isn't an issue?

If you don't have a job, how are you paying for your loans and books and food and rent? Oh, your parents pay your bills? Must be nice.

4. How can your parents keep funneling you money, no questions asked?

How do they not ask where all of your money is going? You bought Uggs last week and now you're buying a $70 eye shadow pallet you'll only use twice. Is your dad Donald Trump??

5. How do you expect to be employed after graduation?

You don't have any work experience AT ALL.

6. What do you do with your free time?

Do you skydive? Take up dog photography? Your possibilities are endless.

7. Do you actually get eight hours of sleep every night?

Really though, is that real?

8. Why don't you have a job?

Don't you get bored, just "doing homework" all the time?

9. Do you plan on getting a job?

Or do you plan on draining your parents' savings completely?

10. Are you actually going to be a functioning member of society after college or are you banking on marrying rich?

It's an honest question, I'm dying to know.

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7 Spooky Things That You Had To Endure This Halloween

Halloween is over but the spook is not.

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Halloween marks the first major holiday of the fall and it never fails to get everyone excited. Everyone prepares for spooky season in a different way. Some dedicate all of their time to costumes, others to decorations, and some to baking. The part we forget, however, is the true spookiness we only realize after the season is over. We love to trick or treat but sometimes making it to Halloween is the hardest part. Here are a few things you probably survived this Halloween:

Pulling together a costume last minute

With classes and work there is no way you put a lot of thought into your costume. The party you're supposed to go to is in 2 hours and you have no costume. All of your friends have fun and creative costumes and you are struggling to decide between a grocery store costume and a failed DIY. That's as spooky as it gets

Deciding what candy to buy with your last $5

Let's admit it, you're broke. You want to get spooky with everyone else and decorate your home with candy (for you). The problem is, you can't decide whether to spend your last $5 on a bag of assorted candy or 1/5 of a tank of gas.

Celebrating Halloween WAY too early 

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Experiencing anxiety about not yet being able to listen to Christmas music

Everyone knows that listening to Christmas music before Halloween is strictly prohibited. Listening to Christmas music during the purgatory period of Halloween-Thanksgiving is generally accepted. It is almost overwhelming how hard it can be not to listen to All I Want For Christmas Is You.

Getting rude comments on your costume

As women, you can get seriously criticized for your costume. Either it's to revealing or not revealing enough. For men, they can often be called too unoriginal for their costumes. How about we just appreciate the effort and move along?

Finding someone with the same costume 

So maybe your costume finally came together. You are wearing something semi-original and you see someone in the exact same thing. You will absolutely have to avoid this person for fear of getting mistaken for being part of a group costume.

Not having pockets to hold your house key

The greatest struggle is getting completely ready and realizing that there are no pockets for your keys. You can't possibly modify your costume in any way but it isn't a safe time of year to leave your door unlocked. The eternal struggle (of the night) has begun.

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