Make Yourself A Home
July 31, 2018
There’s no reason to leave your student apartment after you graduate.
Shut Up and Take My Money!
This is basically what you’re saying when you move out of your student apartment and into a bigger place in the city. The average moving cost for just a standard one-bedroom is over $1,500. And that’s assuming you aren’t moving out of state. If you move from a small town like Frederick or a suburb like Hyattsville into DC city center, you can expect cost-of-living increases between $10,000-$12,000 per year!
This Is Fine
You say this to yourself as a metaphorical fire destroys everything around you. You can’t find the box that had your only usable pot in it. You have a weird pain in your ankle from carrying box after box up three flights of stairs. You collapse onto the couch, silently hoping that your mother’s antique side table didn’t break on the U-Haul ride here. Is this what being old feels like? You should’ve just stayed in your beautiful ROSS student apartment.
I Will Likely Be Late Because of Who I Am as a Person
City traffic is notoriously terrible. You’d think that leaving your car at home would save some time, but foot and bike traffic can be just as bad, even dangerous. But won’t living farther away just make your commute worse? Well, only if you take that 80-hour a week, coffee-runs-for-the-first-week job in city center. Start with a smaller firm that’s local and you’ll learn more.
I don’t hate people… I just feel better when they’re not around
This famous Charles Bukowski quote perfectly captures the conflict between the millennial “Ugh, other people” attitude and our debilitating FOMO. But there is some science behind the idea that you should focus on quality rather than quantity when it comes to friends. Not only that, but the more time you spend with anyone (even people you don’t like!) the more you… end up liking them. It’s called the “mere exposure effect” and it’s yet another reason to call your current student apartment your long-term home. No new neighbors, better friendships.
All of this research warns against making a big move, to a big company, in an expensive place. But if you’re currently living in DC, moving to a suburb can decrease cost of living, reduce stress and put you in a gorgeous, affordable student apartment! Tour a ROSS student apartment in Maryland or Virginia today and make yourself a home.