Why It’s Better to Go to a University Far From Home
It’s adulting and university life all in one go.
1. For one, you won’t be able to depend on your parents (as much).
Which is a good thing, right? That’s half the reason you came to uni, wasn’t it? To grow into your own person? No more money handouts or having your own personalised late-night taxi service. You’re going to be your own person now. No more being spoon-fed. You’ll be strong and independent. Or you could just get them to send food parcels every couple of weeks, order your shopping for you and do all your laundry for you once you get back home. It’s your call.
2. You’re less likely to get homesick.
Bear with me. You won’t be able to nip back for tea and a chat everyday with your family or hang out with your “home friends” (get used to calling them that now) so you’re really being thrown in at the deep end here. But this can actually help reduce homesickness; if you were to live close to home but were too busy to visit it could feel like life’s just teasing you. If you’re far from home the temptation to rely on old networks for company is pulled out from under you, giving you much more motivation to make new friends and connections, in turn distracting you from your homesickness.
3. You get to experience more of the UK’s many famous regional subcultures.
Who knew such a tiny island could hold so many different cultures? North to South, East to West, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; all have their own distinct regional flavours and histories.
4. Not to mention the range of accents and lilts you’ll hear.
You may even pick up a few yourself along the way.
5. You’ll get to meet all sorts of people you never would have if you’d stay at home.
And that’s a good thing… mostly. You’re going to make a whole host of new acquaintances, some of whom may well be your new bestie-in-waiting. The bad news is you’re going to have to sift through a whole host of other people too.
6. You’ll seem well-travelled once you get back home to your friends.
This must have been how Columbus felt, taking credit for discovering things that had already been found and bragging about it to all his friends.
7. Although your family may not welcome your changes.
The accent divide is a real thing. Ignore the fact that there’s no such thing as a singular British accent, your one from home is the right one and don’t bother questioning it. And definitely don’t bring your new-found lilt and slang back home, people will think you’re weird.
8. Still, at least you’ll get to confirm or dispel some popular stereotypes for them.
“Yes, curry sauce is an acceptable condiment for chips further up north, no they don’t all wear flat caps, yes the weather is equally shit wherever you are in the country”.
9. Although you’ll spend a small fortune on train tickets and petrol.
It’s nice to go to new places, but irritatingly you have to actually go to them.
10. And there’ll be times you’ll have to choose between your home friends and your new uni mates.
Careful now. This balancing act isn’t easy, and if you miss big events like birthdays or graduations they’ll judge you for it. Flitting back and forth across the country just so everyone can bask in your presence isn’t easy, but hey, you gotta give the people what they want.
11. You’ll get to see areas around the country you normally wouldn’t bother.
I mean, when was the last time you travelled halfway across the country just to see the Lakes or the dales?
12. And by the end of uni, you’ll have a plethora of new mates from up and down the country.
It feels like collecting Pokémon really…
13. Which will remain useful post-graduation.
You’re never far from a place to stay wherever you are.
14. Or you could just go outside of the UK entirely.
Uni fees and cost of living can be a whole lot cheaper in other countries, so they’re always an enticing prospect. If you’re willing to brave the language barrier and the culture shock, you may come out a better-rounded person. After all, travel broadens the mind or so they say.
15. In the end, its all good life experience.
The little bird’s got to fly the nest someday, and let’s face it, you didn’t want to stay at home forever, did you? Moving around is all part of being a *gulp* adult, so you’re just getting the experience in a little earlier. In the end that’s no bad thing.