It is often said that home is where the heart is. So how could someone leave their family and friends to move away? Why move when you are comfortable, stable, and settled at home? You have the benefits of parental support, free housing, and free food. You’d be crazy to move. So why do people choose to leave home for college?
The truth of the matter is that there is something special gained from the experience of living on your own while in college. It's cliche, but you get a chance to spread your wings and broaden your horizons. You become familiar with lifestyles you have never seen before. You learn to forge your own path and become an independent adult.
Many teens fear that if they move away to college, they sever all ties with their “old” life. That is only the case if you want it to be. I still keep in touch with several of my good friends from high school and speak with my parents almost every day. I made moving away to school an opportunity for me to broaden my horizons, not to relocate them.
I was born and raised in a small suburb of Orange County, California. Before moving to Boston to attend Boston University, I had no idea what it was like to be fully responsible for my actions. I had to learn how to manage my own money, stay on top of my homework without pressure from my parents or teachers, and ultimately how to prioritize. I can safely say that this experience has helped me grow noticeably as a student and contributor to society.
Boston is a city rich in culture, history, and diversity and I would never have experienced this richness if I didn’t press the limits of my comfort zone. I could have easily stayed in California and attended a college where I could have continued my high school friendships. But, because I chose to move to Boston, I have developed a sense of independence, a taste for adventure, and I now have friends from all over the world.
Moving away for college is definitely not for everybody. But no one should let distance keep them away from their perfect college fit. It could be your best opportunity to become a strong, independent person and competent student. Seize the opportunity and make a new home for yourself.
Chelsea Merget, a junior at Boston University is
pursuing a degree in Communications
with a minor in Psychology. She is spending the summer as a public
relations intern with Smart College Visit, Inc. For other articles about
college life, visit our Heading to College