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Get a taste of freedom before leaving your mammy for good

COLLEGE is a dramatic enough transition, without all the extra changes of uprooting your life, becoming independent and moving away from mammy and daddy.

But maybe it's for the best; that is the way the world works after all.

As one of those lucky (or not so lucky) students who lived close enough to college that I could commute from the family home, I can hardly begin to understand the scary prospect of fending for yourself.

However, many of my fellow students will move into campus accommodation and not fully understand the trials of becoming a college student and continuing to live at home.

The country mouse has had no choice but to move, and so adapts naturally. They do take the new freedoms they have received for granted in exchange for missing the simplicity of being taken care of by mammy when at home.


The city mouse doesn't really have a choice, either. Crippled by the finances of moving out, particularly when it is so unnecessary, they are forced to stay at home in the comforts, or rather confines, of their parents' house.

Which is better for a college student? If you live there, it's certainly easier to get work done (in theory), attend club and society meetings, attend general events and go out at night.

It's also easier to doss with other students, have too many nights out and eat appallingly out of laziness. If you live at home you face dreaded public transport, commuting in and out several times, and then coming home to a lack of peace and quiet. But you also face hot, homemade meals, an easy way to get out of commitments and a life separate from college.

It's always a case of looking over the fence and finding the grass greener.


Many students who don't live at home are only too delighted to get back to washing, ironing and cooking, convinced that they wouldn't want anything more than to live at home and go to college.

The rest spend all their time wishing they could live on their own, prepared to fend for themselves just to get their own space and not spend their lives on buses.

A lot of Dublin-based students fall into the latter category and my only suggestion as a fellow commuter is to suggest to them to live on campus for just one year; just to get a taste and prepare for the real world. That's the best of both worlds.