Family & Finances
Location played a major factor when I applied to PA programs. Simply because I wanted to stay close to my family. I wanted to be far from them but close enough to have dinners every now and then. But instead of waking up in a quaint little apartment close to WesternU, I hear our family dogs barking and the sound of parents and sister bustling in the kitchen.
I'm 26, I'm in PA school, I moved back into my parent's house, and I love it!
I am so grateful for my parents and extended family. I live about 20 minutes away from campus and it's amazing to come home to meals, snacks, and a cozy place with all its amenities! I was initially too prideful to move back into my parent's house but I'm so glad that I did. I save so much by living at home; I was able to take out fewer loans for PA school.
Every week, we have family dinners with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins where we collaborate on a family recipe or try something new! This brings me so much joy~ I am so blessed to have valuable family time during PA school.
I am very fortunate to have this opportunity to stay at home, especially since I still have my USC loans to pay off lol. Aside from financial reasons, another bonus is the constant company :) I'm able to vent and share my daily experiences with my family.
I'll be honest, moving back home did take some getting used to. My parents were extremely gracious in opening their home back up to me. I was not used to having to tell anyone what time I would be home, where I was going and what I was doing. I agreed to keep them posted on my whereabouts so they don't worry if I'm not home at a certain time.
I know that I can live on my own if I need to, but right now I don't want to. I am very fortunate to have such loving parents, and I understand that not everyone is lucky enough to be in this same situation. So, if you have the chance to, and your program is less than 1 hour away, I highly recommend it!