Academics Drive College Choice

By Samantha Ickes on June 25, 2013
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Claymont High School
Uhrichsville, Ohio

I know without a doubt that after high school I want to attend college to major in journalism and mass communications. I’m super excited to start going on college visits! My fi rst one is going to be at Ohio University. Three things really important to my choice are academics, the atmosphere, and tuition.

First is definitely academics. For each college I’m interested in, I look up the majors and classes offered. Academics are most important because they will help me succeed in my career after graduation. OU has a college within the university specifi cally for my major: E.W.
Scripps School of Journalism. The representative at the college fair even said they were planning to add on to the journalism school! Lots of schools offer journalism majors, so I went to the guidance counselor for a list of colleges that are well known for their journalism programs. It really helped narrow down my search.

A place to call home
The next most important thing is fi nding a college that feels like home. For the next four years, I’ll be living at whichever college or university I choose. I need to pick one I feel comfortable at. That’s why I need to visit all the colleges I’m thinking about attending. That’s the best way to get a feel for the campus. This could be a challenge if I end up not liking the atmosphere of the school I want to go to the most, but I’m sure that one on my list will feel like home to me.

I also want to go to a school that has extracurricular activities to offer me. Another reason I really would like to attend Ohio University is because of their band, the Marching 110. I’m so excited to visit, and I hope to go to one of the games while there as well to see the band!

The affordability factor
Tuition cost is the last important part of my decision. I looked into a private school, but it is so expensive that I know scholarships won’t cover it. I may have to give up that school because it’s not practical for me to go there.

Finding an affordable school is going to be a challenge, but I’m going to apply for as many scholarships as I can to help pay for it. I’m not going to let the cost hold me back because it is not the most important part of my college search. I’m going to go to the college that offers me the most academically and that feels like home. I’m struggling with choosing between two colleges: Ohio University and Bowling Green State University. Bowling Green may offer me a better scholarship, but I’ve always wanted to attend Ohio University. Both of them are fantastic schools. I’m going to research both of them, visit both, and talk to students at each. Whichever campus best fi ts me is the one I will attend.

I’m not going to stress out because I want to enjoy my senior year, and I know that I’ll make the right decision.Tuition cost is the last important part of my decision. I looked into a private school, but it is so expensive that I know scholarships won’t cover it. I may have to give up that school because it’s not practical for me to go there.

Finding an affordable school is going to be a challenge, but I’m going to apply for as many scholarships as I can to help pay for it. I’m not going to let the cost hold me back because it is not the most important part of my college search. I’m going to go to the college that offers me the most academically and that feels like home.


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