Moving away from home is a big deal for any college freshman.
It’s the first real taste of freedom from parents and teachers mandating what you have to do.
But, with this new-found freedom comes a lot of responsibility.
In order to be successful in college, you’ll want to make sure you exercise discipline, attend classes and stay on top of your goals to excel in your classes to finish in four years.
One of the most common decisions regarding your future educational endeavors involves location. While there are some students that want to stay close to the nest, there are many more that would like to get as far away as possible. Before you book your flight and accept the admissions offer to attend school out-of-state, consider these four components.
1. Relocation Expenses
Depending on the distance, relocating can be expensive. If you currently live on the east coast, but your school is on the west coast, you’ll need to save as much money as possible. Think about whether or not you’d like to bring your car with you. Having a car is very convenient in college. Consider the cost of shipping a car versus driving it.
2. Support System & Lifestyle
When you move to another state, there’s going to be a lot that’s unfamiliar to you. If you’re in a situation where you’re moving and don’t know anyone at the college, find out if there are any family members or friends of the family that can look out for you. It’s always great to have someone who lives off-campus who can cook you a meal when you’re hungry.
If you have friends that will be attending the same college, ask them if they’d like to be roommates. This is a great way to have people who will look out for you and you can do the same for them. The last thing you want to do is enroll in a college and feel incredibly lonely. If you don’t know anyone, start looking up campus organizations you’d like to be involved in. Also, it’s great to join a local church that has a college ministry. This is a great way to build a support system away from home.
If you don’t like snow, it’s probably a terrible idea to go to a school in Michigan or Alaska. You don’t want to be miserable. If you don’t mind the snow, but you currently live in Miami, Florida, it’s time to go shopping. Purchase thick, heavy boots for areas that are colder. If a regular coat doesn’t seem to do the trick for you, consider finding a heated jacket to keep you nice and toasty. Those heated jackets can be especially awesome during those early morning commutes to class during the colder months.
4. Traveling Back Home
It’s important to consider how often you’ll want to travel back home. If you want to go away for school, but still want regular contact with your family, you’ll want to begin looking up flights. Look for great deals on flights when you’re traveling during the holidays and for extra special occasions back home. There may be times when you just need a breather and want to fly home for the weekend. Make sure to have this conversation with the parents to create a budget around your travel dates.
If these factors don’t bother you and you’re ready to experience another world, move forward with an out-of-state school. There’s nothing like the college experience and having these components taken care of will only enhance it. While you may be excited about going far away from home, your parents and loved ones might be sad about it. Don’t forget to check in with a call, letter or email to let them know you’re in love with college!