Almost three years ago I made the decision to move fifteen hours away from home, and it has been the best decision I’ve made. Deciding on a college is a stressful situation for anyone, especially when you are sixteen. Often times, it is the first adult decision you will make, and the first big step towards your future. It is difficult trying to decide where you want to spend the next two-four years of your life, and deciding on which career path to take. It is important to consider all of your options, and to stay open-minded. Everything will work out, and you will figure it out.
I left my small farm town in Alden, NY when I was seventeen, and I headed South to The University of Alabama. Leaving family and friends back was difficult at first, but so many doors have opened up for me since then. I have made more best friends, found my passion while learning, and on top of that; the past two years have been the best of my life. It is scary changing, but change is necessary and will help you develop skills that will help you be successful in the workforce and in life.
I still do get homesick, but my closest friends and family are just a phone call away. My advice to anyone deciding between a college close to home, or far from home, consider some things. First, your education. Will that school help you obtain your degree, and push you closer to goals in life? Secondly, What are the downfalls of the school, and make sure the distance is not one. Do not limit yourself, push yourself to take the leap. Experiencing a new culture has opened my eyes, and truly has made me a better person. Moving fifteen hours away has been the best decision of my life, and I now feel that I can do anything I set my mind to.