The Secret Benefits of Leaving Your Hometown for College

Tanner Hauck
7 min readJul 24, 2022

The importance of getting comfortable with being uncomfortable

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Deciding where to attend college is no easy task. There are countless factors to consider:

  • Program of Study
  • Public or Private School
  • Cost of Attendance
  • Roommate Situation
  • On Campus Resources
  • Post Grad Job Opportunities

To make matters worse, you’re forced to make this life-altering decision at 17 or 18 years old with limited guidance. It can be an overwhelming decision with considerable external pressure — it certainly was for me.

I’m here to shed some light on one of the many variables you may be considering as you or someone you know begins the college hunt, attending school in-state versus out-of-state.

It’s a decision that often boils down to convenience and cost. In the coming weeks, I will be writing a post about how to mitigate these hurdles but today, let’s assume cost is not prohibiting you from attending school out of state.

Attending school out-of-state can be scary and intimidating. It’s not for everybody and many who do make the leap end up transferring back home. As an out-of-state student myself I began the transfer process after my first semester. I was exhausted and discouraged.

Thankfully I was given some encouraging advice and stuck out the year and am forever grateful for that choice and the friendships and experiences that happened as a result. I hope that this list can serve as the light at the end of a long tunnel for anyone going through a similar struggle.

It gets better, in fact, you’ll become unrecognizable by the time it’s all said and done. So without further ado, here are a few of the many benefits of attending school out-of-state:

Forces You To Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Attending out-of-state college forces you out of your comfort zone and helps you build greater adaptability and resilience. With no parents to rely on and the lack of familiar, friendly faces — you’re left on your own to navigate an important life transition.

Tanner Hauck

Learning as I go. Business, tech, travel, food, design, music, and self-mastery.