Are you going to college and living on your own for the first time? Whether you choose a college near or far from home (or somewhere in between), distance is likely to be a key factor in your college choice.
Some people crave independence and have the desire to not only travel to far off destinations but to truly experience four years (or more) of life far from home. Others deeply rely on family and community support to thrive and succeed in new situations, such as going to college.
Either way, living and learning in a new place (whether near or far) is an adjustment. Here are some thoughts and advice from current college students on different aspects of living on your own!
Prepare over the summer months
I am a momma’s boy and didn’t realize how much it would affect me until my mom left on move-in day. To prepare, spend time with your family now so you won’t be as homesick, but also start doing things on your own and with the help of your friends to gain some independence. – Darius B.
Take advantage of campus staff and resources
Living away from home was different at first, but that’s expected. Once you’re there, you figure out how to manage your time, organize your things and make it your new home. The best advice I could give is to use the resources available on campus. If you are struggling, reach out! Counselors, staff, coaches and friends are there to help you have the best experience possible. – Jackson C.
Talk to your roommate before move in
The transition from living at home to living on campus is a big change. The biggest struggle I had was having to live with a roommate for the first time. Advice that I would give is to reach out to your roommate before you move in to talk about your schedules and boundaries to reduce any conflicts or issues that you may have. You take on many responsibilities and you find out who you are during this time. You make many friends and gain a sense of independence. You also find out what works and what doesn’t work for you. Also, check out what to bring on your university’s website. Once you’re there, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and make new friends! – Emily B.
Set a schedule
Not living at home is very different. There is no one telling you what to do or looking over your shoulder. Try and find a schedule and stick to it to stay on task and accomplish all college asks of you. – Nathan D.
There will be nerves
It was hard at first not to be at home, but it is an amazing opportunity that helps you grow so much! There will be a lot of nerves and excitement, but then you get used to it and learn to live on your own. Remember, your family will support you when you truly need them. It can be tough to have a schedule, but once you get a routine it can help you from being home sick. There are so many opportunities! I strongly believe living independently can be hard, but it is also one of the most rewarding things that you will do. – Alexa C.
Other thoughts on going to college and living on your own!
You will face challenges and frustrations when you leave home for college. If you live in a residence hall, you may not be able to have a car due to restrictions on campus parking, have a pet on campus to comfort you or have a private bathroom. However, there are a lot of positive aspects of residence life to focus on. You will always be near future friends and study partners, campus staff and fellow students regularly offer programming to keep you entertained, and you’ll be just a walk or quick bus ride to class, the gym and athletics facilities.
At Bluffton University…
Community extends far beyond the classroom. With more than 50 student organization, 18 athletic teams, and dozens of ways to experience the arts and spiritual life, you will find your place .
Written by Tricia Bell, content manager