The Sadness of an Open Door thread got me thinking... Not to stir up anything here...I'm just curious. Why do so many parents feel the need to quite often send their kids AWAY to college? I went to a university that's local enough where I could still live at home. I mean is it more of a prestige thing so people can tell their friends & associates, "Yes, my son/daughter is away at ___" OR do parents just want their kids to be completely independent, "sew their wild oats", maybe get in a little trouble to learn their lesson, & fend for themselves, otherwise, you think they'll NEVER learn? Because I certainly don't think one needs to actually get in some trouble before they finally learn their lesson. Uh, how about already being smart enough to know not to get in any trouble in the 1st place? I also wasn't immature at all where my parents felt I needed to "grow up". My parents believe a person can learn just as much living close to home as they can away from home. In fact, kids may tend (notice I said MAY), to get into more trouble since they know they're far away & their parents may never find out (ie. experimenting w/ various situations). And it's not that my parents can't or never trusted me to go away. I never gave my parents a bit of trouble in my life. I mean when I get a good paying job, I'll know how to pay my rent/mortgage, etc. like everyone else. Hey, I have bills NOW that I stay on top of. I'm just trying to understand the whole going away to college concept, that's all.