As a sophomore I have just recently started figuring out what it is I want to do in the future. In my search I found a university with the perfect program for what I want to do. I was pretty excited so I just started reading about the program, and the college itself. I didn’t realize till I was done reading that the university was all the way in Orlando, Florida. It really got me thinking, Would it be better to be so far away from where you’ve lived your whole life, or stay close to home.
I did a couple of web searches, and it brought me to an article by Sarah Wainschel that weight the pros and cons of being close to home, and being far away. I chose a couple of each that I felt made the most sense to me.
There are definitely pros to being within driving distance of home. One is being able to see your family more often. My family spends a lot of time together, and not just my mom, dad and siblings, I mean everyone. Cousins, aunts, uncles, grandmas and Grandpas we all spend time together. It would be hard adjusting to not having them there. I think another plus for me would be food. I know for me, I’d eventually get tired of “college food” and it would be nice to come home and get a nice home cooked meal.
There are lots of advantages to staying local, but there’s also a few disadvantages. I think If I were to stay around here I’d get a lot of unannounced visits. I wouldn’t mind a few here and there but with my family I know there would be a lot of them. College is all about experiencing new things and branching out, so if I were to go to Portland State there would be little to no change in my way of life.
Some people may want to leave their town the day after they graduate, and some people might not ever want to leave. I feel like I’m in the middle, I want to get out and explore but I eventually want to come back home. One thing that’s kind of exciting is having to do lots of things that your parents usually do for you. Such as Scheduling appointments, buying groceries, and just being totally independent. You also experience a whole new culture, and being from a little country town pretty much wherever I go would be totally new.
The biggest negative would definitely be the homesickness, It be really hard to miss all the birthdays, family gatherings, sporting events, or whatever it may be. You might also have to miss a lot of holidays if you’re thousands of miles away, because plane tickets aren’t cheap.
Picking a college can be a very long and hard process or it could be quick and easy. There’s a lot of factors that can influence your choice, like cost, location, degree programs and lots of other things. I’m just glad I still have a couple years left to make a decision and lots of people in my corner to help me.