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This weekend I found myself extremely frustrated with a lot of the people I met. I recently started a new job as a hostess at a local restaurant. As I began meeting people and going through the basic introductory questions, I realized many people became confused and upset when I mentioned I attended school out of town. Many people asked, "Well whats in Austin?", or "What, you can't study English here?".

I could feel my face burning, as I got asked those questions. Going away for college is NOT for everyone, I understand that. However, it IS for me. When I made the decision to leave my home, family, friends, job and car, I knew exactly what I was doing. Yes, leaving home was a big step and it was probably the hardest thing I have ever done, but I always sort of knew I would leave home for college. Had I not taken the wonderful opportunity to go to UT Austin I know I wouldn't be able to live with myself.

Many people see me as a snob for not being content with what El Paso has to offer. A lot of other people think I am ridiculous for attending a school that will leave me in a great amount of debt. Some people think the homesickness and loneliness is not worth it. In the end though, I made this decision with one person in mind, and that is myself. Starting over away from home has allowed me to have many new experiences that have greatly matured me. I have met wonderful people and learned so many new things about myself and my place in the world. Never once have I had a real regret about my decision to leave.

Leaving home for college does not mean you are running away from something, it means you are moving towards something amazing. It is important to find beauty and comfort in our home, but we also need to realize there is a huge world out there waiting for us to explore. Cutting that umbilical cord from everything you have ever known is a very big decision. In the end though, I truly believe it is a decision worth making.

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Comment by Marisol Guzman on June 23, 2011 at 10:42am
Well said Dom! It seems to be that our culture is very hesitant toward change and stepping away from our comfort zone apparently means we are crazy instead of brave! Lol!




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