“Frida could not stop fretting over where to live during her freshman year. Should she stay at home, move into


“Frida could not stop fretting over where to live during her freshman year. Should she stay at home, move into the dorms, or find an
off-campus apartment? The pros and cons kept swirling in her head until she felt almost sick. Maybe it wouldto make a list.
“Living at home was obviously the cheapest option. It meant she wouldn’t have to worry about cooking or cleaning, either. But
she’d still have to live by her parents’ rules. She feared she would miss too much of the college experience she yearned for if she was
only on campus for classes.
“Staying in the dorms would cost more, but her scholarship would cover some of those expenses. She’d eat in the cafeteria, so she
still wouldn’t have to bother with cooking or cleaning up. She would have to follow all those school rules about visitors and quiet
hours, though. The dorms always had a lot going on and people to hang out with, but what if they stuck her with a terrible roommate?
“An off-campus apartment would be pricey, unless she was willing to live someplace small and run-down. Frida wasn’t sure she was
ready to take care of cooking, cleaning, and bills all by herself. Then again there wouldn’t be anyone there to nag her into her doing
something she didn’t want to do. If she found a place near the school, she wouldn’t have to miss out on any of the action.
“Frida looked down at her list of pros and cons, groaned, and then tossed the paper in the trash. Maybe she’d see what her friends
were going to do and just go with the flow.”
What subjects are compared in this reading?
on and off campus experiences
making a choice or going along with the crowd
housing costs and different living situations
living at home, in a dorm, and in an apartment


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