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Stay at Home or Live on Campus?

There are a lot of things you’ll have to consider when you’re getting ready to start your first year of college: what classes to take, whether or not you want to participate in a work study, when to schedule your classes, and whether or not to live on campus. This is a big thing to consider. Some colleges have a requirement that you live on campus; at least for part of the time you are enrolled. If that’s the case it’s a no-brainer, but if you have the option to live at home there are a lot of things to consider. This article is from a student about to start college; take a look at what they thought about this question…

Weighing the Options
As a future college student I’m faced with the decision of living at home with my parents or moving on campus. It’s a decision that requires a lot of thinking. Personally, I want to be able to have the full college experience and move out of my parents’ house. I want to live on my own, cook my own food, and set my own curfew. The thing is, I can’t exactly imagine myself living in a place without my family by my side. I’ve become so used to living with them that it’s difficult to picture myself elsewhere. I’m leaning towards moving on campus, but I know that no matter what my decision is, my parents are going to support it.

Personally, I want to be able to have the full college experience and move out of my parents’ house. I want to live on my own, cook my own food, and set my own curfew.

If your parents are anything like mine, you can understand why it’s so hard for them to let go. At school, we’re told that we should have the full “college experience,” which means we should move out of papi and mami’s house. After all, you can’t blame us for wanting a little more independence. At the same time, at the age of eighteen some of us aren’t ready to be on our own. Or you might live right up the road from the university, in which case it makes more sense to stay at home rather than adding the expense of living on campus.

Time to Make a Decision…
At this point, I think I’ll live on campus. Even though it’ll be sad to leave my parents, I‘m sure that moving out and becoming independent will help me grow. At one point or another, I’ll have to eventually move out. My parents will probably be upset, but they know I need to experience what the real world is like! Not to mention learn what it’s like to earn money on my own and support myself. We’ll all make mistakes and learn from them, and if being on our own doesn’t turn out to be a good thing, our parents can have their “I told you so’s” ready.

Parents: If your son or daughter prefers to stay at home, be happy that you are able to spend more time with them. If they decide to live on campus, show them that you believe in their ability to succeed!

Most importantly, talk to your kids about the different options they have, like becoming a Resident Advisor, and allow them to choose what’s right for them!

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