Good evening ladies, For my first blog post I want to talk about something that has changed my life forever–picking everything up and moving away for college with a few friends. In high school, we are faced with decisions that pave the way for the rest of your life. I know it is not fair that at only 18 we have to choose what we want to do for the rest of our lives, when we are only starting to come of age. I for one, will be the first to admit that my future plans are a bit uncertain, since I still have a lot of self discovery to do. However, one thing I will never regret is taking the risk of choosing a school 400 miles away, rather than playing it safe and staying at home with my parents.
If you are considering moving away, you have to first think about who your roommates will be because it is the one thing that will determine your college experience. Moving away into your own apartment with your best friends seems like all fun and games, but it really is all fun and games! I would not trade the memories and experiences that I had with my roommates (which are more like my sisters) for anything in this world. When you live with 3 girls for a year, cook with them, party with them, and cry over boys with them, the bond that forms is better than any friendship I have ever known! I love coming home after a bad day and knowing that they are there, ready with music and cookies to have our own dance party until 3:00AM on a random tuesday!
Another factor that makes me realize I totally made the right decision is the independence, and how much that amount of freedom makes you mature as a person. I always think of this: If I were home, I would not be able to go to a club on a Wednesday night when I have a big test the next day, because even though I’m 19 (lets face it), my parents would not let me. But when you live alone, you have no one there to tell you what to do. So whenever I get a text saying “lets go out”, and I know I shouldn’t because I have a test the next day, I have to stop myself and say no because it’s not a good idea. That is what makes you mature; when you have the freedom to make your own decisions and still do the right thing!
A con about moving away for college is having to budget yourself, but a pro is the lessons it brings. Even if you have a job, you never know the true value of a dollar when you live with your parents. This is because you most likely don’t shop for things like spoons, detergent, soap, cleaning supplies, and pots and pans right? It is only when you start shopping for these things that you truly value and appreciate money– and most importantly you see your parents in a whole new light, appreciating them 100x more.
In essence, I know it can be difficult to pick up and leave everyone you love, and the life you’re used to behind, but the experiences (no matter if some of them are tough) are ones that will mold you into just the type of person you want to be !