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.

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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22 Girl Names Your Random College Roommate Will Have, And The Type Of Roommate They Are

Will she be your BFF?

Every roommate situation in college is going to be different.

All you can do is hope and pray that they'll just leave you alone for the most part. A lot of the time, you can get a hint about what kind of roommate they'll be just knowing their first name.

1. Hailey

Her dad pays her rent. She can't cook. Litters the kitchen with take out boxes from the local vegan joint.

2. Beth

Totally wants you to go to SoulCycle with her at 6 a.m. on a Saturday. Room is littered with leggings and sneakers.

3. Michelle

Comes home at 3 a.m. after a night of heavy drinking. Loudly makes some sort of frozen meal. Sleeps through her noon alarm.

4. Victoria

Probably has dark hair and an acoustic guitar. Keeps pretty much to herself. Does homework in the living room at obscure hours.

5. Madison

Was on the dance team in high school and has not stopped telling you about how great it was. Does work out videos on the TV in the living room.

6. Kim

Brings her boyfriend over every night of the week. Brings different boys home on the weekends.

7. Megan

Actively avoids cleaning the bathroom. Leaves her dishes in the sink. You haven't seen her shower in four days.

8. Erica

Normal. Quiet. Wants to be a high school English teacher.

9. Erika

Wild. Emotionally distraught always. Is always hosting the pre-game. Never comes home with all of the clothes she left wearing.

10. Sarah

"Definitely should have got into Harvard, but I ended up here instead." Too into trying to get a 4.0 to pay attention to you.

11. Julia

Studies music performance. Screams expletives at her keyboard. Cannot play the trumpet, but still tries really hard.

12. Hannah

So tall she almost hits her head on the doorways. Plays basketball. Raps to old Kanye in the shower.

13. Jenny

Should not be allowed to go out. Goes out every weekend anyway. Throws up in your bathtub and doesn't always address it in the morning.

14. Heather

Stressing about her internship. Is currently failing all of her classes. Will somehow still get a 3.5 GPA this semester.

15. Grace

You never see her, only the hairballs she leaves all around your place.

16. Emma

Only has guy friends because "it's easier." Guy friends who leave empty beer cans out after every sporting event on TV.

17. Caitlyn

Has a 4.0 as a biology major. Is going to med school. Sterilizes her room, the bathroom and the kitchen sink every four hours.

18. Sam

Always has a paper about feminism to write. Rosie the Riveter poster in her room.

19. Alex

Is probably dating her boss. Has straight Ds in all her classes.

20. Taylor

Is somehow always home when you're home. You know nothing about her other than where she's from.

21. Alyssa

Trying to become the next big YouTuber. Has lighting equipment all over the place. You constantly hear the phrase, "Hey guys, welcome to my channel!" She squealed because yesterday she hit 25 subscribers.

22. Jesse

Is probably plotting your murder. Lurks around like a cat.

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Don't Let Anybody Shame You For Being A Community College Student

Community college is not a bad thing. In the end, you will save money and will probably be much happier.

It's your senior year of high school and all around you, your classmates are buzzing with excitement. What is the excitement about? College acceptances! Your friends, athletes, and classmates all around you are announcing the big name universities they have applied and been accepted to. In all the commotion you can't help but feel excited for them as well. But what happens when you go home and family and friends start asking you where you are going? What happens when you have known since the beginning of junior year that you are going to a community college or the "13th grade" as others call it?

I'll tell you what happens, people around you smile and change the subject. Or they ask "why?" and say that it is a terrible idea. They tell you that you are making a mistake and that if you don't go straight off to a university, you will never have a degree or a good job as other people that went straight to a university. I'm here to tell you that they are wrong.

There is no shame in going to community college for two years. In fact, if you are not quite sure what you want to major in or do when you graduate then it is the perfect time to find out. Community college gives you 2 extra years to find out what you like to learn about, what you like to do, and what you see yourself doing in the future.

Not to mention, community college gives you the chance to save up money for two years. That way when you graduate, you can go off to a big name university and not have to take as many loans out had you went straight there. The best part of going to a community college is that after your two years there you complete all your prerequisite classes, you also graduate with an associates degree.

After you can find a "big university" that accepts your college credits that you have already completed and transfer right over. You complete your junior and senior year there and graduate with a bachelors degree. The best part is no one ever has to know you went to a community college if you don't want them to.

Community college is not a bad thing. In the end, you will save money and will probably be much happier. Let's throw away the stigma. Let's start giving kids that are confused about where they should go and what they should do, the option of going to community college.

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