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When pursing a more demanding college major, is it best to remain close to home?

I'm a junior in high school looking at out-of-state colleges. I want to go to a 4-year college for pre-medicine/medicine, which is a demanding major. I should just remain close to home so i have a strong support system? #college #pre-med #major #out-of-state

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Jenn’s Answer

You can also have a lot of support even if you can't see family/friends in person. Skype, email, instant message, texting, phone calls - all are great ways to stay connected. I am from the Midwest and went to school on the East Coast, and I definitely had some bouts of homesickness, but I never felt that my family wasn't supportive of me. I also felt that living away from home was invaluable in helping me grow up and learn a lot about myself and about how to live on my own, as cliche as it sounds. After graduation, I've preferred to be closer to my family, but if I could go back in time, I'd still move away for college.

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EmilyAnn’s Answer

This really depends more on your personality and what kind of support you need rather than your major. I'm a physics major and go to school fairly close to home, but I'm really independent with my studies and only go home about once a month (usually for holidays or occasions, not really for support). Everyone manages stress and responsibilities differently, so I know many people who go home every weekend to be with their family and that helps them to be successful with their schoolwork. I will say though, that the benefits of going to school in-state (such as it being more affordable and close to home in case of an emergency) are something to consider as well. Even if you don't want constant support from family and friends at home, it is pretty easy to be independent even if you are in-state.
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Gary’s Answer

Hi,
Good question...I think it really depends on you and your personal preferences.
Two ways I can see to look at this, if you are close to home you have support/friends/family but also may have the desire to spend more time with family/friends and take time away from your studies. If you are out of state, you have more time to dedicate to studies and can always stay in touch with family/friends in other ways.
Good luck!

Thank you comment icon Thanks for answering my question! I feel going out of state would be a wonderful experience but I know it's very important to have some form of support. I have much to think about. Yaminah
Thank you comment icon Hi, there is a lot to think about but just remember that anything you do is not a mistake...it is a lesson learned. If you go out of state for 1 semester or your freshman year, then decide to come back closer to home, at least you will have that experience. Good luck! :) Gary Petito
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