Although you love your friends from high school, the thought of making more friends from other states excites you. Going to an out-of-state college without any of your close friends forces you to step outside of your comfort zone. Many people tend to only hang out with the people they went to high school with, but doing this only builds a wall between you and new experiences! Having a fresh start will let you make connections with people from all over the world. You might attend college 8 hours away, but you'll still come across someone who lives 10 minutes away from your hometown! The world gets smaller and smaller as we meet more and more people. Plus, when you finally get to see your friends from high school on school breaks, there will be so much more to talk about because you’ll all have different college experiences!
Everyone in high school claims that they can’t wait to leave their parent’s house and be on their own. You probably think it’s awesome that your parents won’t be around every day to force you to do chores, tell you to clean your room, or stop you from eating pizza three times a day. Being in college means you get to make your own decisions, and hopefully take the initiative and make good ones. Trust me, after a month of living in a dorm room with another girl, you’ll understand why your mother made you clean your room once a week. Being out-of-state also means that you can’t go home every weekend like other kids at your school. This has its perks, however, because the weekends are where the best memories are made.
Your home town can become boring after living there your entire life, which is why attending school in a new state is a life-changing experience! The beauty of being in a different state is that you can see how other people live. If you’re from the Chicago-area like me, you’ll miss the deep dish pizzas and the hot dogs from Portillo’s. But you’ll also get to try some restaurants that you never even knew existed! Adjusting to a new place is a life skill that you’ll be able to take away with you after college.
You’ll appreciate your home and your school more
Being away from your family will make you appreciate them a lot more. You’ll start seeing that the “lame” advice your parents have given you in the past is actually useful and when days get tough at school, you’ll miss having your parents around to give you guidance. When school breaks finally come around, you’ll be thrilled to go home. But once you’re home for a few days, you’ll begin to miss the college life and the new people you now call your best friends.
“You will never be completely at home again because part of your heart will always be somewhere else. That’s the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people I more than one place.”