LETTER: Venturing afar to matureTo the Telegram: There comes a time in most young people’s life when he or she graduates high school and moves on to the next chapter is his or her life, college.
To the Telegram:
There comes a time in most young people’s life when he or she graduates high school and moves on to the next chapter is his or her life, college.
As a college freshman at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a former Superior resident, I am a firm believer that teenagers need to move out of Mom and Dad’s house and go away for college. Going away to college teaches teenagers to be an independent person, which ultimately leads to their maturation and growth into adults.
Going to college away from home forced me to stop relying on my parents for everything and for the first time I was completely responsible for myself and my actions. All young adults my age need to learn how to survive in the real world and living on his or her own in college provides that opportunity. Being away from home, as much as I miss my family and Superior, has taught me that there is so much more out there than the constraints of my hometown. By staying in the same place, a person is limited to what he or she has always known or done.
In order to broaden horizons and become their own person, he or she needs to be away from their past influences.
I have grown up by having to take control of my academics, honing social skills to meet new people, and realizing all of my decisions have consequences that I need to own up to.
Moving away has also given me a new perspective about life and has shown me a new appreciation for my family and parents, and all they have done for me.
And nothing says mature adult more than finally learning how to do my own laundry.
La Crosse, Wis.