CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It is that time of year for seniors. Most of us are freaking out about what we are going to do with the rest of our lives. (I know I am.) There are so many factors to consider, not the least of which is choosing which college to attend.
When it comes to making your college decision, here are some things to consider:
Location, location, location. This is probably the number one thing on a college-bound senior's mind. Do I want to move far away or stay close to home?
Most kids will choose a school about two or three hours away from Mommy and Daddy. This is just far enough to finally be adult but close enough that if you get homesick, you can still go home.
However, some kids go completely outside the lines -- the state lines, that is. Some seniors move hundreds or even thousands of miles away.
In my opinion, moving very far away is a good thing, even though the idea probably scares most of you. If you move far away, you absolutely cannot lean on your parents whenever you find yourself in a jam; you actually have to begin your adult life. Also, in moving to a different state, you see a whole new world and meet completely new people.
If you end up going to Marshall or WVU like most local seniors do, then you are going to know most of the freshmen class and are going to cling to your old high school buddies. It's hard to grow up if you can't get past your high school days.
So when picking your school's location, ask yourself this: am I ready to grow up just yet? Your answer will determine where you go.