As senior Breyah Richardson counts down the days to graduation, she is excited about getting to go to one of two colleges out of state. She was accepted to Loyola University in Orleans and LSU Shreveport, both on scholarship. Even though the scholarship pays for all of her expenses, she is excited to experience other cultures and/or city life.
“Well, I’ve lived in Texas for a few years. So, I think it’d be good to go to a different state; environment, and experience city life somewhere else,” Richardson said.
Other seniors may choose to go out of state to stay close to family other than immediate family.
“A lot of Johnson students came here as people who have left California several years ago when the economy started to have a downswing,” AVID teacher Addie Garcia-DuBravec said. “So, California’s a very popular one; I have more students who like to go out of state.”
But leaving what’s familiar in search of independence does not always lead to happiness, according to Garcia- Dubravec.
“I know a lot of time, seniors especially, want to get away from their parents, but homesickness is very common for students who go out of state. Especially if they’re going to a state where the culture of the state is very different from San Antonio,” Garcia-DuBravec said.
The extra money and fees that you have to pay for going out of state can also be a potential problem for some.
“The other drawback to going out of state often times for students is the price because they are going to have to pay for room and board out of state. They also have to pay for out of state tuition, so price could also be a drawback for going out of state for some students,” Garcia- DuBravec said.
Even getting accepted into an out of state college isn’t necessarily the most difficult part for students, according to Garcia-DuBravec.
“It’s not a problem as far as getting into the school out of state. A lot of times, the problems arise when they’re trying to figure out the logistics of it. You know, where am I going to live? What am I going to do if I need to come home and I’m a 1,000 miles away, 500 miles away, 200 miles away? So, it’s more logistical problems that arise then it would be acceptance problems,” Garcia-DuBravec said.