I think just about anyone who looks at apartments today can appreciate the fact that apartment complexes today are definitely not the same apartments that our parents and grandparents rented when they were our age. I have seen pictures of some of the Brandon apartments that my parents lived at before buying the house that they have lived in for 20 years now, and it is actually funny and sad at the same time. It is funny because there were hardly any amenities for them, and that is the same reason it is sad. All I can say is thank goodness for progress!
My mom is the one who went with me on a couple of tours of different apartments in Brandon. Even though they told me I could keep my room at the house, I just felt more comfortable having my own apartment. The one I ended up getting is on the other side of town, and it saves me about 20 minutes or so of driving each day. That might not sound like a lot, but mix that with the freedom of independence, and it sounds like a lot more than what it is.
The apartment I ended up getting is really nice, and I actually liked having all the space just to myself. Living with my parents was nice, but it was also stifling as the only privacy I really had was my own small bedroom. Here at my apartment, I have complete privacy. I have a private balcony, and I can do my laundry in complete privacy since there is a laundry room in my apartment that already has the washer and dryer in it. Even the dishwasher has hidden controls, making everything look nice and sleek too. Living on my own for the first time is definitely as nice as I hoped it would be.