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How do I handle the fear of moving away to college?

I'm scared to go to college and leave my family. How do I feel better? Should I even go?

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Melody’s Answer

Greetings Jocelyn,
I feel your anxiety the decision to go to college can be a big one for many reasons. I agree with the other answer about the things that need to be considered when deciding on a university or college. The great thing about the time we're living in now is there are more options. You do not have to move away to obtain a degree in a subject that you're interested in. It will require you to research and really consider for yourself what it is you're interested in. Once you have made a fairly firm decision look very closely around you at the University and colleges that are near your home. https://www.collegesimply.com/colleges-near/pennsylvania/bangor/
We often think that we have to go far away or too far away from home to obtain the things that we need. I would suggest you look closely at these colleges and universities that are within 50 mi of your city. They could allow you to stay at home or very close to home and not move far away.
Whatever your decision know that it can be changed or modified as you get more information or experience with the area that you're looking to move or not move.
Sincerely hope this helps you lessen your anxiety about college or university. Know that many have gone to colleges and make changes and come back home,but the thing that really matters is that you realize it's not a failure and it's not the end if you do. This is a big life and learning experience and time so give yourself some patience and grace.
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Brandon’s Answer

College can be a scary prospect, especially if you are looking at leaving your friends and family behind to live on campus in a different state to continue your education. Thankfully there are a lot of options for college, including entirely online programs that are available. A lot of it will come down to what specifically you want to do or take your career. College is expensive, and unfortunately, many who go to college end up changing their major or never pursuing the career they originally intended to pursue when starting their degree. The key is finding out your why? Why do you want to go to college, what are you looking to achieve? Once you answer those questions you can see how college can fit into you for your career!

Brandon recommends the following next steps:

Research and understand the Why and What you intend to achieve in a college program
Research the Pros and Cons of on campus versus Online programs
Evaluate the costs of different programs and reviews of the college and education curriculum(it makes a big difference)
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Ann’s Answer

You should do what's right for you. Talk with your family about this decision and I'd be willing to guess that they will guide you and help you. I would never tell you what to do, but whether or not you attend college, there are always options. If you go, there are online programs as mentioned by other contributors, with flexible hours. You may be able to do it part time while you work and you may find enjoyment with that blend.

Be strong and think it through with your loved ones. I truly wish you the very best in your future!
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