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For me, I always did my worst academically when I lived at home. I excelled when away from home, living in a dorm, having independence. I've never been able to figure out why some students see their academic performance go in the wrong direction when they get away from home and hearth and the old neighborhood. For me it was just the opposite. And I had a fairly good sample size: Two undergraduate colleges, two graduate schools, one professional school. When I was away, I did great; when I lived at home around a familiar environment and commuted I didn't do as well. And it wasn't because I hung around with buddies at home or partied. As strange as it sounds, I never partied, home or away, and the only time I drank alcohol was away. I played golf away and never played golf at home. One would think being away would be more not less difficult. It seems most people on CC are the opposite.