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5 Things That Happen When You Move Far Away For College

Whether you’re fighting the home sick blues or loving the freedom of being far away, there are a few things that you will definitely experience when you move to another part of the country.

It takes an adventurous soul to move more than a few hours drive from their hometown for college. Weekend trips home don’t exist, seeing friends and family from home is much more rare, and in four years you’ll earn a master’s in making road trip playlists.

1. You’ll feel like a  College Tourist. Since weekend trips home are not an option, you’ll have plenty of time to explore your new town. Take advantage of this feeling and become a true explorer of your college town. You’ll learn now how to find adventures, or simply just find the fun things to do and the best places to eat. This is great preparation for a study abroad!

2. You’ll live for holiday breaks. When you move far away, nothing is better than having a week or a month off from school so you can finally go home. It may be hard to watch your friends who live nearby go home on the weekends, but the longer breaks are much more satisfying and totally worth the wait.

3. You’ll feel like you’re studying abroad without actually studying abroad. Sometimes all it takes is a move to another region of your own country to experience culture shock. In America, moving from the north to the south is a big deal, and anyone moving from Ohio to Louisiana will have to get used to the “y’alls,” sweet tea, and of course, that southern hospitality. This is another great opportunity to be a tourist, pretend you’re studying abroad and get to know a whole new subculture. Moving far away from school is much more educational than one may think!

4. You’ll love your hometown more. There’s nothing like leaving that makes you want to go back. Students are usually ready to hit the road as soon as their eighteenth birthday rolls around, but once you’re finally out of your hometown you’ll look back on the place you grew up with a new fondness. The schools you went to, places you hung out and even the streets you drove down will have a new rosy tint to them. This sudden change of heart doesn’t mean you need to pack up your dorm room and head back home, but it is nice to feel a little bit more gratitude for the place that raised you.

5. You’ll learn independence the hard way. There’s another level of independence that students who move far away have to learn. You can’t call your dad to come fix your sink faucet or check your car engine, and you can’t haul your sack of dirty laundry to grandma’s house. You have to figure a lot of things out for yourself when you move far away, and that means taking on plenty of new responsibilities. This new independent life may be intimidating, but there’s no better way to prepare for the real world that’s waiting for you after graduation.

To all of my fellow students who moved a few hundred miles away from home for college, I applaud you. Sometimes homesickness can be hard, but the benefits of pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and entering into a whole new world outweigh the bad. Now go home and enjoy your Thanksgiving break – you deserve it.

Caroline Eaton

Lee University | 11 stories

Caroline is a full-time student, wanderer and writer that believes adventure can be found anywhere, whether you're on the other side of the world or in your own backyard. She celebrates all forms of travel and exploration, and dreams of writing her way across the entire earth. She blogs at, and you can send a tweet her way at @caro_eaton.

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