For a long time, going to college really meant going to college—as in packing your stuff, loading the car, waving goodbye to your hometown, family, and friends, and making your way to a more academic locale.
Well, times changed. In most cities, you can find solid options for beginning your college education or completing your whole degree. Opportunities abound in local community colleges, regional campuses, and even flagship universities. It’s an educational cornucopia just waiting for you to explore.
Let’s look at three of the top reasons students choose to attend a local college campus instead of bidding farewell to their hometown and “going away” to school.
Living at Home
Goodness knows, attending college brings a whole wave of expenses. The cost of books, classes, labs, supplies, parking, rent, and food (can’t forget food!) adds up more quickly than you realize.
By attending a local university, you knock out a lot of those costs in one stroke by living at home. Your parents might ask you to pitch in a little for room and board, but they might also consider it a contribution to your educational success.
Living at home also gives you all of the amenities you know and love along with the support of family and friends. And as a first-year college student, that support will be worth more than you realize right now. (Trust us on that one.)
Smaller Class Sizes
Attending one of those big, out-of-town universities might sound like a great idea at some point, but it’s easy to get lost in the crowd when thousands of students pack the campus.
Staying with a local school typically gives you smaller class sizes, which translates into more personal attention from your professors and instructors. Why be one face among 500 in a massive lecture hall when you can get to know a professor personally in a room of 20 students?
Better connections with your faculty members can also lead to cool internships, co-op positions, or maybe even an insider lead on the perfect job after graduation.
Easier to Find a Job
If you plan to work while you attend college, doing a job hunt in your hometown can be a lot easier than fighting your way through the crowds at distant schools.
Did you work somewhere during high school? That makes a great place to start when looking for a part-time college gig. Perhaps your existing experience and new status as a high school grad will open the doors to a better-paying, higher-level position—and if you’re really lucky, the company might cover some of your college costs.
Ready to find something a little different? Try connecting with the school’s career services office. Local employers seeking college student help usually register their positions so students can find them easily.
Many campuses host job and internship fairs shortly after fall semester starts. This gives you a good way to meet new employers and perhaps pick up a position related to what you want to study. Check it out when you get to campus.
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