Deciding which school you feel is the right fit for you is not a decision to just draw out of a hat.
Choosing the right school is extremely important early in the process, since halfway through your first semester is not a good time to discover that you picked the wrong school, especially when units do not always transfer over to new schools. Find a school that you can see yourself graduating from!
Finding “the one”
Before even considering a school, it’s a good idea to figure out what it is that makes a school “the one.”
Does the library have long hours for study time? Is the journalism department a great program? Will your dorm room have its own bathroom? Do professors make time to meet with you?
If the school does not offer what you need it should be crossed off your list. It’s important that you get your money’s worth in college.
Keep in mind post-secondary schools are a lot different than high schools. You are paying the professors to teach, so make sure that you understand and do all you can to succeed.
It’s not possible to choose the right school without plenty of research. There are many ways you can decide whether a school is “the one.”
Your search should start locally, especially if you are the type to get homesick. One perk that comes with going to a school close to home is you can save more money. If your parents allow it, living at home is a great way to shave a few extra dollars off high tuition costs.
Visit the campus
The best way to legitimately research a school is spending a day there. Lots of post-secondary schools offer programs for potential students to tour the campus, meet professors or even stay the night on campus.
If you do not find distance an issue in your search, school websites are a great place to find information regarding them. Most colleges have up-to-date information and the e-mail addresses of important people on campus.
When a school you’re interested in is further away, make sure to use vacation time to visit the school. Take tours, talk to the dean of the department that your major is located in and make sure to talk to students on campus, too.
Ask lots of questions! You want to know everything there is to know about potential schools.
Make your own decision
It can be a good thing to discuss college choices with peers. However, choosing a school should be based purely on your standards of what makes that college right for you, and not what makes it right for your best friend/ boy/girlfriend.
Having someone you know going to the same school as you is definitely comforting, but it can also be a distraction or inconvenience. College is the time that shapes you right before you reach the “real world.” But if you still have to deal with “high school drama,” it makes it difficult to stay ahead of the game.
College is a big step in the direction of growing up. It’s a time for you to realize who you are.
Take opportunities when they are given to you, and make decisions based solely on what you believe should be done. Be sure you are not wasting your time, and do the best you can to make sure that your choice college is the right one for you!
The right college for you is out there, go find it!