I know I don't post here often, and I've never posted a thread, but now is as good a time as any to do so OK, so I have a question. Anyone have any tips on how I could convince my parents to allow me to live in residence for the first year of college instead of at home? I suppose I should give some background info. My parents have always been extremely protective. I'm in 12th grade currently, planning on attending a college about 15 minutes away from here. My parents want me to stay at home and drive to college every day. This seems logical, right? No rent, lots of costs are cut down on. However, I've been feeling really trapped and unhappy here lately. It's not the only problem, but one of the main ones. Yesterday a close friend mentioned he was worried about me having a breakdown. Earlier another friend was talking about breakdowns too when we were on this topic. I feel I need to get away, and living in residence, at least for the first year so I can have a break from this place, would be perfect. However, my parents don't want me to leave. And as my dad will be helping with tuition and all that, he has a say in this. If anyone has any advice to offer, it would be recieved with a lot of gratitude.