College Ambitions

College Ambitions

So it’s your senior year of high school, and you’re making plans for college. What an exciting endeavor your about to embark upon!

So it’s your senior year of high school, and you’re making plans for college. What an exciting endeavor your about to embark upon!

Now it’s time to make a very important decision. Are you going to go away to college or stay local?

Are you the adventurous type? Do you like to explore new places, meet different kinds of people? Or would you rather stay close to home so you can see your friends and family whenever you want to?

This article is intended to help you make one of the most important decisions of your life!

Leaving high school can cause a lot of mixed emotions. You’ve just spent four years around the same people in your hometown (unless you’ve moved around, like me).

You may like your hometown. No one’s forcing you to go to college in another state or country just because your friends have decided to.

In 2003, I went to a boarding school, and nearing the end of my stay there, the subject of college came up. When I was younger, I imagined that I could go to any college I wanted, but because the boarding school was so expensive, my family could only afford to send me to a state school.

The college I ended up getting accepted to was Western Connecticut State University. I’m originally from Connecticut, so my college was only an hour from my home.

So let’s first talk about the benefits of going to college locally.  You’d be able to see your friends and family whenever you please. And if you have a close relationship with them, you may enjoy going to college locally. I know that I liked being an hour from home because I relished the chance to spend time with my best friends and loving family.

Are you going to live at home and commute or live in a college dormitory?

College can be an anxiety-provoking transition as it is, so if you decide to go to college locally, the transition may be easier. Whereas, if you decide to go away to a place you’ve never been, it may be a little bit more challenging. Now don’t be taken aback by the word challenge. All I’m saying is that YOU know you best.

I personally like adventures, and I made a big move from Connecticut to New York a few years back. Really, though, everyone’s different. Living in a new area can broaden your horizons in many ways.

Leaving the nest isn’t always easy, but say you’re from the East Coast and you’re interested in going to California. The weather will be different, maybe, from where you’re from. You may have more choices when dining out. If you’re used to living in Massachusetts, people’s accents may be different.

A recent USA Today College article sums it up nicely: “Sydney Grant, University of Michigan rising sophomore, spent her first year shivering through weather strikingly colder than the familiar Louisiana sun. However, she optimistically recounts, ‘I went to school in a state that I had never even been to before for university, which was terrifying, but this opened up an adventurous side of me to explore places and try new things I wouldn’t have if I were at a school back home.’”

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