Since I haven’t really done anything thus far this summer worth blogging about, I have decided to talk about something I have very briefly touched upon in the past, but is something that I wished I had really known about before deciding on a school. This is the decision to go to school halfway across the country.
There are a few qualms and worries that play a big part in the whole experience and, let’s face it, cost. Although this depends on state and scholarship, the difference was notable between Illinois and Delaware. That is a pretty obvious one that people know a lot about, but there is also the cost and effort of commuting every break. I personally cannot bring myself to miss out on thanksgiving dinner and by spring break I NEED TO GO HOME! Sadly it is around this time of year that the airlines can ask a huge amount of money and people will pay it so a two way ticket can run up to $500. Unless you plan on taking really long road trips, you also have the plain ol’ hassle of flying (and fitting your entire wardrobe into two care-on size bags.) There is also the little issue of what to do with all of the stuff over summer break. Luckily, there are tons of storage places around that will gladly give you student discounts in exchange for business (recommendation: shop around and start early! The end of the year creeps up on you.)
The biggest thing for me isn’t about the money or the inconvenience. It’s about the fact that I can’t just jump into my car and go home when I need to get away. On a day that I really want a good home-cooked meal instead of the usual dinning hall salad, I can’t just call up my mom and jump over for a bite.
…It really is all about the food for me. I’m not ashamed.
Anyways, I know a lot of people, and fellow UD bloggers, that would agree that it takes a special amount of energy and effort to go to school out of state and across the country, but if you make the decision to go someplace that is perfect for you and has everything you really want in a school, it is worth it. I don’t regret it one bit and I would make this decision over again in a heartbeat!