Deciding Whether To Go Away Or Stay Home For College
The transition into college will go down as one of the most integral turning points of your life. These next four years will be home to many of your life’s best and worst memories. You will develop as a student, a friend, and a member of society. You will carry the social and academic tools you gain in your time at university for years to come. Needless to say, the decision of which university you choose to attend is a big one. Moreover, the proximity that the university you choose has to your parents and whether you plan to move away is also quite important.
It is a cultural norm particularly in the United States for high school graduates to pack their bags and set off on a journey to a college on the other side of the country. Many parents, teachers, and teenagers see it as a time to find oneself. It’s like a rite of passage in America. But sometimes we have to step back and examine whether the cultural norm is right for you. Not everyone agrees that college is the right time to leave the house. Here are some pros and cons to each school of thought.
A Case For Staying Home
Life in a dormitory is tumultuous. Constant noise, distraction and a lack of boundaries are the norm. At the expense of privacy and personal space, you have the task of balancing a social life that impends itself onto you at all hours of the day with a heavier workload than you’d ever had in high school. College is the point in many people’s lives when adult life begins to come into focus. So it stands to reason that now would be an appropriate time to start taking your classes seriously. The most effective way to do so would be for you to remain in an environment that doesn’t distract you. Presumably, staying home provides you that environment.
The Case For Going Away
At the same time, adult life is hectic and often times unforgiving. College is a time in which you have the opportunity to adapt to an environment in which you have the responsibility of balancing the various responsibilities of life on your own. It is your first step into becoming an independent member of society. Learning to find a way to manage your classes in a hectic environment is instrumental towards your organization skills. Not to mention that dorm life is usually just plain fun. And it’s the kind of atmosphere that you will likely not have the opportunity to live in at any other point in your life.
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