- Associated Press - Sunday, March 27, 2016

WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) - Some North Dakota college students have differing priorities in choosing where to go after graduation.

David Hall, a third-year student at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, is originally from Minneapolis and plans to return home to further his business management education after graduating in May. He said his family is there and that it’s where his “home base” is.

“I know the area around there better than here,” he said.

Priorities for him are family, having a support network and working in comfortable surroundings. Many other students feel the same way, the Wahpeton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1UfaXeU ) reported.

Jane Vangsness Frisch, vice president of the school’s student affairs office, said she has noticed an increased value toward the family unit and feelings of comfort among millennial students.

“They’re OK going back to live with mom and dad, and mom and dad are encouraging that as well,” she said. “Not only for financial reasons, but for stability reasons.”

Marcia Foss, who has spent 38 years as director of career services for Valley City State University, has seen many of the estimated 200 Valley City students graduating each year stay in the state. She said parents still play a big role in what their children do.

“Parental influence is still there and it’s very strong, whether you go where the opportunities are or you go back home,” she said.

Mason Rademacher, a first-year student at North Dakota State College of Science from Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, said he feels it’s probably best for him to go somewhere other than home after graduation. He said he’s looking at several transfer schools, including ones in North Dakota and Nebraska.

“For me, it’s all about the experience and I feel I’ve lived at home for 19 years and for me the best thing to do is to probably go someplace different,” Rademacher said.

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Information from: Wahpeton Daily News, http://www.wahpetondailynews.com

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