Campus Vs. Escape: Being an Adult
Once you leave home and don’t have Mum and Dad to take care of all your important stuff like forms, finances and everything else involved with legally (if not entirely mentally) being an adult it can be tricky to get around for a good few reasons.
With the digital age very firmly upon us, a sizable number of people now have online banking, me included. So, for those of us who do this transfers and general financial management are very easy no matter where you live provided you’ve got internet access, great! But what about those occasions when you need to go into a branch to deal with your problem? If you’re a patron of one of the banks which are situated on campus then, aside from actually having to deal with the bank, you should be able to sort out the problem easy when living on campus. I, on the other hand, don’t have accounts with these banks which makes things tricky. So when my account got flagged for fraud this year (fortunately it was me trying to purchase something on my new phone), I had to count myself lucky I was living in town because I’d have probably ended up being without cash for significantly longer than I was which was frustrating enough.
Earlier in 2016 there was a future defining vote, so to me it was very important to vote for these. Since I see my permanent residence at the other end of the country, I also vote in that region. This meant I had to use postal voting to cast it which also involved a trip to the town hall this is easy enough in town but is a bit of a trek just for one form, not that it should discourage you from voting, but it is a pain. Of course, there are plenty of other important documents you may need to contact the council for and most of the time these documents tend to be fairly time dependent so living just a few minutes from here just makes life that little bit easier.
Since, as I just mentioned, I do live hundreds of miles away from my university outside of term time I’d be incredibly lucky to be able to convince my parents to take the 9 hour round trip just to pick me up and given that I can’t afford to run and insure my own car I have to take the train home. This means that I need to drag my rather large suitcase to and from the train station at the start and end of every term which when you live close to the train station is much less of an ordeal (especially if you manage to injure yourself from drunk antics the weekend before you leave, like I did!). With moving out from campus I always had the added issue of trying to coordinate when I needed to get the bus with the train and because I’m of the ‘better safe than sorry’ mentality I once ended up getting to the station an hour early which is a definite loss in napping time if you ask me. This all means that, whilst moving is never really that fun, the best way to make it as simple as possible is to live as close to the train station as possible, at least in my case.