Pro: Time to leave

Progress is not made through inactivity. Students can make a transformative change by moving out of state.

Students should move out of state to become independent, immerse themselves in other ways of life and take advantage of more academic and career opportunities.

The comfort of being in state can foster dependent behaviors.

On the other hand, going out of state forces a student to learn to be on their own.

It allows people to become self-sufficient quickly because of the immediate need to know how to cook, clean and work.

Some students need to be pushed out of their comfort zones to succeed.

An object at rest stays at rest. A student complacent with living at home stays at home.

A change in environment exposes people to other cultures and ways of life.

Moving to a different state can connect students with people they never would have met in their home state, expanding their cross-cultural communication abilities. 

In this way, moving does not keep people apart. It brings them closer together.

Being away from home also gives students more freedom for self-expression.

When put into a new environment where few people know them, students may be more willing to experiment with their looks, interests and lifestyle choices.

There are more options to choose from if students cast a wider net when applying to colleges or looking for jobs.

For example, programs like marine biology are more likely to be taught in schools or places located along the coast. 

A student living in a landlocked state who wants to explore marine biology should not deny themselves a better learning or career opportunity by remaining in their state.

Moving out of state also lets students take advantage of scholarships and grants that are only available for out-of-state students.

According to The Sacramento Bee, the University of California spent $32 million on financial aid for out-of-state and international students in 2014.

Based on a study done by researchers from the University of New Hampshire, the process of moving can even have a positive effect on people’s memory.

The research found that people are more likely to recall a memory that occurred around the time they moved to a new house. This effect, called the “relocation bump.”

Students evolve as people when they move out of state to find opportunities that aren’t there for them in their home town because they learn to rely on themselves, grow with others and explore different paths.

They become the change they wish to see in themselves.