Making the Right Choice in Confirming a College Application
Months ago, you sent out your college applications and waited anxiously to hear back. If you're one of the lucky ones, you'll have more than one offer of admission. And if that happens, how do you narrow it down to just one school?
Students usually go to college for one of just a few reasons:
- There's family pressure on them to attend
- Tthey feel their own passion and want to attend to study the program of their choice
- They're there because they see a degree as the means to a fruitful end.
Ask yourself which category you fall into, even if it's not listed here. Why did you go to college, and what are you hoping to get out of it? One of the advantages of college is there's usually an answer to every prospective student's questions.
It's also important to know what kind of learner you are. Ask yourself the following questions to get a better idea of your style.
- Do I need closer, one-on-one attention, or do I prefer to work on my own?
- Do I prefer to see new faces everyday, or am I more comfortable with familiarity?
- Do I want incredibly challenging courses that force me to think, or would I prefer a more streamlined program that prepares me for a career?
- Are classes with plenty of essays okay, or would I prefer more technical, yes-or-no work?
Size and Location
Another thing to consider is the geographic location of where you want to be, and if you want a big city or small town feel. Neither option is right or wrong, and just comes down to whatever you're most comfortable with.
For example, a small college would offer a feeling of intimacy from getting to know the same students day in and day out. But for some, that feeling can be smothering and claustrophobic and may make them feel like they never left high school
And while geography shouldn't be the only deciding factor, it is important to live and study in a place where you enjoy the surroundings. Plus, this is your big chance to live on your own wherever you want.
How much college will cost is a huge factor, and sometimes an unfairly big one, too. While a certain school shouldn't be excluded simply because of its cost, that tends to be the case for a lot of students. Look into grants and scholarships, though, before making your final decision, as some schools are really generous with their endowments.
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