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Students discuss the pros and cons of various living situations

By Jessica Earle
On October 10, 2018

 When it comes to freshmen in college and living there are two choices, either stay at home or live on one’s own. 

Like anything there are both pros and cons to these ideas. Freshman student Lauren Hutchinson lives at the East Village Apartments and explained her thoughts on the advantages and disadvantages of living options. “Pros of living at home are obviously that it doesn’t cost anything unless your parents are making you pay rent. Just the companionship of your family that you’ve known your whole life. But it also doesn’t teach you a whole lot about independence. To grow you have to stumble and catch yourself,” she said.  

As a student who doesn’t live at home, Hutchinson said, “I miss my parents being there in the vicinity. Their presence made me feel safe, like yes I’m home.” 

She added, “I miss my mom cooking for me. My dad coming in the door and being like ‘Hey you wanna watch a movie or play a game?’ I miss my little brother running up to me and telling me all about his day.” 

Lauren said she also missed her cat Molly because she was always a constant presence. 

“You do get a sense of independence being on your own and managing your own life,”  Hutchinson said in regard to one benefit of living on her own. “But if you get carried away you might forget to eat or fall behind on your school work cause you were goofing off.” 

Adrienne Shannon, freshman said, “Living at home the pros would be that you do have your parents for that support system”. She added that one disadvantage is, “You’re not getting that independence you need and sometimes it’s just awkward to live at home with your parents cause you’re trying to be an adult, but you’re still under their roof.” 

 Like Hutchinson, Shannon talked about missing the food at home saying, “… I miss being able to come home and have dinner prepared for me. Now I have to actually push myself to make a meal instead of just eating cereal for dinner.” 

Shannon also talked about missing her family since she lives on campus.  

One person who lives at home while attending college is freshman Jenna Wood. She said, “Pro is that I am saving a lot of money and con is that it takes a lot of gas to go to and from school”. 

Wood also said she won’t get homesick since she commutes. She added that she was glad to be saving money while living at home but sometimes would like to live on her own because she could be out as late as she wanted. 

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