As a senior in high school you may be choosing a college because of its closeness to your home. When I was choosing schools I considered schools both close to home as well as far away. I am from Michigan so it is not that far away but not to close either. I know everyone thinks it is very hard to be away from everyone and everything you know. I’m not saying it is not hard but I am saying that the experience of going to a school out of your state can be eye opening. At Lewis only five percent of the students are out of state residents, and if you are from another state and are considering Lewis as a college you should really take the time to visit and look at Lewis. Lewis would love to have more out of state students because it offers other students to learn about different places and cultures. Every region of the country is different so they have opinions and life styles that differ. For example I have met some friends from California, Georgia and of course Illinois, but they all have different beliefs and backgrounds which I find really intersting.
If you are out of state you are very likely to live on campus. My encounter as a resident student has really given me the college experience. The dorm life is great, and you will meet lots of new people. Everyone says you will live in a tiny room with a roommate you may not like. That is not true…well maybe the small room part but that is something that you have to do to fully get the college experience. Having a roommate is one of the greatest things you can have because you may become great friends with someone you normally wouldn’t befriend. Living on campus can also help you be really involved in campus events and meet lots of other students. I have learned a lot since living away from my family. I have had to become more self dependent and responsible, which in the long run will only help me. Lewis has made me feel like I am at home and is a great second family for me.