I've been accepted to a few colleges already, a couple of which are very affordable, but also very far away. My family and one set of cousins live in Houston, and one of these colleges is in Oregon.
Now, my cousin, whom I dearly love, is VERY uneasy about me going away. She's begging me to stay in state and always tells me how she wishes I'd listen to her when we talk about colleges, insisting that I go to her alma mater in San Antonio, which is still affordable, but I wasn't too impressed when I visited. Though we love each other to death, I've been wanting to see new places and travel because my family can't most of the time, so going out of my state is something I've been dreaming about for quite a while. She says she doesn't get it because I'm still young, and while that's true, I want to make and get the most out of my college experience, which is, quite honestly, possibly the last time I get to keep any degree of carefree-ness before I go to grad/med school. Plus, even if I do stay in state, it's not like I can visit her every weekend; she was in San Antonio and she visited only during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring Break.
So is there any way in convincing her or at least putting her mind at ease about this? While this isn't my finalized decision, there's a good chance it will be. Plus, wherever I go, I promised my family to visit every Christmas and summer, and maybe Thanksgiving if I can.