Ask Nancy – The College Blues


Advice box located in library.

Nancy, Box Organizer

What is a good way of telling your parents you want to go to college far away from home”


This a tough one, especially if your parents are not open to the idea of you moving away from home, even temporarily. When breaking the news you need to think about how they will react.

If your parents aren’t open to the idea of their little bird flying the nest and going to a college or university that’s far away from home, one of the best things you can do is bring up a few good points that will help solidify your argument. Here are a few that might work for you:

Bring up the idea that one of the most beneficial aspects of going to college away from home is learning responsibility, independence, and time management skills without as much help as you would get if you were closer to home.

Some colleges have programs specially engineered for the career path you are pursuing and can have better educational opportunities than colleges closer to you.

Going to college far away would also be a fun new experience. You could have the chance to learn about a new culture, meet new and different people, and see the natural and industrial beauty of a city you are not accustomed to.

When breaking the news to your parents you want to do it at the right moment. In the car or after they have had a long day are not good ideas. Wait until you’re sitting down, in no rush to go anywhere, and all in good moods to rip off the Band-Aid.

If all else fails, there are plenty of great colleges that are in Texas,  just a few cities away. Wherever you attend college, we’re sure you’ll be great at whatever you do.