Choosing a college: it's about you

students sitting on a lawn in front of a college buildingOnce this whole process is over, you have to be happy with your decision because you will be the one attending the college. Remember that you know yourself best. This is one of those times where you’re allowed to at least be a little bit selfish.

Go with your gut feeling. If a school looks good on paper but when you visit you just aren’t excited about it, maybe it’s not right for you. If your parents are pressuring you to be pre-med but you can’t see yourself doing anything but theater, look for a school with a good theater department. If all your friends are going to the local state school but you’d rather see a whole new part of the country, don’t be afraid to break away from the pack. Don’t let your parents, friends, or even a scholarship persuade you into going to a college that doesn’t feel right.

Part of choosing a school is making compromises. Very rarely will a student find a school that has absolutely everything they’re looking for. Only you can decide what is most important to you.

You’re not doing yourself a favor by not taking the time to research schools you may not already know about. The more you know the better chance you’ll have at finding the school that’s right for you. So be open to new opportunities. This is your future.


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