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Staying close for college vs going far away

  1. tysonja

    nectarine / 2217 posts

    6/7 hours away for undergrad, cross country for MA. I loved it!

  2. SleepyMonkey

    grapefruit / 4006 posts

    Close to home. 1 hr and 15 min drive.

  3. matador84

    papaya / 10560 posts

    5-6 hour drive, 1 hour plane ride. Far, but not too far.

  4. Mrs. Pen

    blogger / wonderful cherry / 21616 posts

    I didn't do the traditional college route. I did my first year at a local community college, then moved to New York for a year - worked and took a couple online classes. Moved back home, finished my two year degree at the community college.
    Now I'm back at a local school- but I have a family now so it's different

    I AM glad I moved out of state- it was a great experience for me and I would recommend it.

    I actually have a relative who just put college on hold after her first year so she could be an au pair abroad. It's great for people like her/me who didn't really know what we wanted at the time and need some space/experience to decide

  5. coopsmama

    cantaloupe / 6059 posts

    I am from the Northwest and started out in Milwaukee, WI for college and then transferred for my last 3 years to a college in Los Angeles. It was a 25 hour drive from home or 4 hours by plane.

  6. 2littlepumpkins

    grapefruit / 4455 posts

    I stayed close to home. Parents chose the school, for financial reasons. They paid (less than my private high school!) and I graduated with no debt. Still only recently decided on a field to stick with, but it all worked out!

  7. ValentineMommy

    pomelo / 5791 posts

    I was given a 2.5 hour radius that I was "allowed" to go to. My parents paid for college out of pocket, so there wasn't much I could say about it. We also live on the East coast in a majorly populated area, and there are literally hundreds of colleges in that radius. Anyway, I chose to go to a state school that was that 2.5 hours away lol It ended up being too far for me anyway, and after I graduated, I moved back to my hometown.

  8. Mrs. Toad

    persimmon / 1095 posts

    20 minutes from home. Lived on campus all 4 years. Summer was a required class living on a ship learning to sail (container ship/tanker). I enjoyed my undergrad.

  9. BSB

    hostess / wonderful apple seed / 16729 posts

    I stayed in the state of PA. I didn't go to the main campus but satellite campuses. First year was about 2 hours from home and then I transferred to campus closer to home about an hour away. I lived on campus so it was a nice to be independent from my parents.

    I'm happy with where I went. I had smaller class sizes because I was at a smaller campus and got more individualized attention. I do wish I went to school out of state but it would have cost me more money. Since I paid for most of my education through loans and with hardly any help from my parents, I made a good decision.


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