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By Evan Wood for Columbia College
A college degree comes with a certain amount of prestige. For example, today's college graduates can expect to out-earn their high school-educated counterparts by around $17,000 a year. In addition, they're four times less likely to be unemployed. Everyone wants the best for their kid's future, but it's time to focus on the real benefit of sending a child to college: you get to do whatever you want with their room. Here are our top seven recommendations:
1. Build that study you always wanted
You know what we're envisioning: floor to ceiling bookshelves, a luxurious couch, a globe that opens along the equator to reveal a well-stocked bar. It goes without saying that you're going to impress your friends. But more than this, while your college student is off at Columbia College getting one-on-one time with their professors, you'll need to hit the books yourself to keep up.
2. Walk-in closet
College can cost an arm and a leg these days, but at Columbia College tuition is reasonable, and there are attractive scholarships available to your future graduate. Translation: you can keep supporting your shoe addiction. Grab some new clothes and hang them in your luxurious new closet.
3. Add some culture
If your student is at Columbia College, there's a good chance they'll want to take advantage of the numerous study abroad opportunities. After all the post-cards, video calls, and photos they'll be sending you, take a cue from your world-traveler and make a posh French parlor in your own home.
4. Personal gym
Throughout your child's life, they've always had one coach they could count on: you. Whether you were tossing around a football in the backyard or going on a family hike, you've always been the model of physical fitness your child looked up to. But now they're off at Columbia College, possibly playing for the school in NAIA Division I athletics or maybe just training at the school's top-notch gym facility. Either way, you'd better grab some weights or get on the treadmill so that you can hold your own at the annual Thanksgiving touch football game.
5. Invite your friends over
At a certain point in your child's life, it seems like her friends were always at your house. Now your kid is at Columbia College, where there are thirty-two clubs and organizations for her to get involved with and make even more friends. Meanwhile you've got a quiet home and a newly vacant room; use it to host a poker night, or a book club.
6. Turn the tables on your in-laws
Remember the first time you went home for the holidays with your spouse? You got stuck on the floor in the bedroom Aunt Edna was sleeping in. This year, host the holidays at your place and break out the bunk beds; your in-laws will love it.
7. Keep it just the way it is
Who are you kidding, you'll be counting down the days 'til Thanksgiving break once your little one goes off to college. Luckily for you, Columbia College is located neatly in the center of the state (and the country)—never too far away. And luckily for them, they can come back for a night in their old bed and a home-cooked meal any time because you kept their old room just like it was … only a little cleaner.
This post is a sponsored partnership between Columbia College and Missouri Life.