From the close knit, lifelong friendships you’ll develop as a result of living with people to the content and information you’ll learn in your courses, your choice of college will carry with you until your last breath. The choice will shape your career and aide in transforming you into a responsible adult. You need not take it lightly.
A lot of times, when young adults are preparing for high stake tests, planning for graduation and exploring their college options, they get held up deciding whether or not to go to school close to home or to travel far away. There are pluses and minuses on both sides of the decision.
True cost and saving
The biggest plus of staying home and attending college is cost. You’ll save a lot of money if you don’t go away. The cost of room and board can be forgone when you live at home and eat your parents’ food. It may not seem like a big deal when you’re thinking about leaving, but student loan debt, like your choice of college, will also play a part of your life for a long time—not quite until your last breath, but it’ll haunt you until close to that day.
Aside from cost, there’s a lot more that weighs into deciding to travel far away or stay close to home. If you’re considering leaving the state in which you reside, your tuition will be higher than it is for in state residents. Couple that with the travel costs when you want to return home, and you’re racking up bills that will be a part or your budget for a lofty amount of time. That’s when priceline and other online coupon websites come in handy!
In addition to costs, there’ll be periods of time when you long for home, and home will be out of reach. You’ll stumble across nostalgic moments when you want to see an old high school friend, and planning a weekend together will be logistically impossible. You may get sick and yearn for the way mom coddles you with soup and ginger ale. That will not be an option if you’re too far from home.
The price for adventure
Conversely, traveling far away for college brings with it much adventure. You’ll be completely independent when you’re far from home. You’ll be responsible for every aspect of your life—when you eat, when you sleep, where you go out. Traveling away to school strengthens the responsibility skills you need to foster that independence.
Adventure lies around every corner when you travel away to school as well. New and exciting people, places, and things will fill your free time. These experiences will also go a long way in helping you develop into a strong, independent adult.
College is meant to be an experience. You have so many options to think about when you’re choosing a school. You can go away, you can stay home, or you can venture close enough that you can still come home affordably and comfortably.
Nevertheless, the decisions you make regarding what school to attend will be one that will be part of you for the rest of your life. Make sure you take your time and weigh your options so that you choose the best school for you!