The above sentences are said by a girl who has just admitted to Smith college. I'll add some more story before the quote: When this girl decided to go to Smith, her dad really liked it because Smith was a women's college.I don't think he(dad) even suspected that I'd use that sleepy little town of Northampton as my escape route. Smith offered me the perfect opportunity to strike out on my own. I couldn't very well live away from home when the college is 2 hours away, by car. That would be pushing it, even for dad.
My problem is the underlined sentence. I don't understand why she couldn't live away from home. If her college is too far to commute, doesn't she have to live away from home?