It's a bit early to be worrying about this, but I am, so I thought I'd ask. I'm more than likely going to be going to UGA next fall and am wondering whether I should commute to Athens daily or not. I'd be commuting from Lawrenceville (probably an hour door to door), where my mother, who works in Atlanta, has offered to move if I go to UGA. I'd be able to live with her for free and save all that money for three years. I'd also have someone to help me with my dog, who might be a little neglected if it was just me taking care of her. So that's my dillemma.
I guess the big question is this: is the free rent/utilities and help with the dog worth losing opportunities to socialize, network, and run to the library at a moment's notice? And also, am I going to end up needing to stay on campus all day anyway in my first year? Seeing my dog is important to me and if I am not going to be able to leave school till late in the evening most nights anyway, I might as well just move there so I can go home for lunch and save those two hours of commuting time for studying and playing with the dog.
Thanks for all advice!