The Perfect Distance

Why stay in-state for college?

If you were like me junior and senior year of high school, you wanted to get out of your high school bubble and the everyday routine of life at the age of 17. Yes, I truly loved my family, my friends, and my hometown in the Charleston area, but I wanted to go experience something unfamiliar and become challenged in my studies, as well as grow somewhere in a new environment when it came to applying to colleges.

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Carrying a piece of Furman wherever I go.

Prior to coming to college, I was a homebody. With my family and friends meaning the world to me, I didn’t want to leave home. Yet, at the same time, I was ready for college.

As an extremely indecisive individual, I had no idea where to begin to apply to college. After innumerable long hours completing and submitting sixteen applications to schools in South Carolina, New York, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Indiana, and many more states, I could not make up my mind.

After crossing schools off of my list, it came down to 2 colleges: Furman and College of Charleston. Both in state, but I had to make the ultimate decision.

Furman University captured my heart. Not only did it offer me a multitude of things that the College of Charleston didn’t, but it was the perfect distance.

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Traveling home to watch Furman football at the Citadel for a weekend with the family.

Going to school in-state means going home for a weekend, bringing Furman friends home for a beach trip, which includes home-cooked meals, and not having to worry about a catching a plane home for long breaks. Not only did staying in South Carolina for college keep me closer to the things that mean the most to me, but it saved my parents thousands upon thousands of dollars with in-state tuition.

I didn’t have to worry about my parents driving to campus and checking in on me every week, nor was I tempted to drive home to sleep in my own bed for a night. The distance gave me the ability to grow some independence. It also made trips home to see the family extra special and highly memorable.

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Having the parents have the ability to visit for a game weekend is always a plus.

Not only am I just a four hour drive from my house, but it’s nice to know that if I ever need my family they can come up to see me, or I can get away if I need a nice break. The separation made me step outside of my comfort zone, granting me the ability to mature and gain a sense of self.

There’s no place like home. That being said, Furman is my home away from home. 

Don’t forget, #imyourPALauren.

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