Why Living at Home for College isn’t the End of the World

By Holly Bailey

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By Holly Bailey | Staff Writer

March 21, 2014

I recently received my acceptance to the University of California Santa Barbara.

I was pretty excited, but not nearly as ecstatic as my parents.

Why?

Because this acceptance seals the deal of my feet staying firmly planted at home for the next four years.

My parents have always counted on me attending UCSB in order to save tens of thousands of dollars in room and board costs. College is notorious for being astronomically expensive, and it makes sense to be financially prudent.

Frankly, I’m thankful I have the opportunity to attend a respectable and renowned university that just so happens to be in the town I call home.

Higher education is higher education, and the degree I receive is more important than the place I acquire it from.

That’s not to say I only had my sights set on UCSB, but I am content with where I am heading next semester.

Besides, there are many benefits to living at home for undergraduate education:

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As mentioned before, living at home can save a ton of money. Tuition at UCSB, including room and board, is about $30,000. Living at home cuts this cost in half.

Living at home means the home cooked meals will stay home cooked meals. Everyone’s heard of the “freshman 15,” where students gain weight during their first year of college. Eating from home keeps diets consistent and more nutritious than cafeteria food (hopefully).

Residing at home means not having to share a cramped room with a roommate you just met. That’s not to say dorm life isn’t a great experience, but for the more reserved students or people who just want their own space, their own room is a lot more accommodating.

Family — This can be the reason why newly minted adults want to leave the house, but it can also be why some desire to stay home. Personally, I’m thankful to have a good relationship with my parents and two sisters. My family members are by far the main people in my life, and I’m not quite ready to pack up and leave them. Sure, I’d visit on Thanksgiving, but our close dynamic would inevitably be different.

Additionally, being a commuter student doesn’t translate to being left out of everything or failing to make friends. Students are surrounded by peers in class, and can join clubs and participate in activities in order to both have fun and meet new people.

Leaving the nest right out of high school may be too soon, in my opinion. There are many people who can’t wait to go forth on their own for the first time, and it’s a respectable decision. However, undergraduate college doesn’t have to be a drastic change if you don’t want it to be.

Besides, depending on career goals, there’s always graduate school!

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