Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Mich.
Hometown: Niles, Mich.
It is hard to say whether or not I chose the absolute best college available. There are many great options out there, and that is actually my point for this story. I do believe that Ferris was the right choice for me, and that this is where I am supposed to be.
However, I want to make clear the fact that there were probably a dozen or so other schools that would have been the right choice for me also. Honestly, I made the decision to come here based on 1) the scholarships they offered me, and 2) the real-life education that I would be receiving, as opposed to a strictly academic approach to life.
Enjoying college life, and staying out of trouble
So is college living up to my expectations so far? Without any hesitation I can answer that with a resolute yes. I am very happy with where this year has gone so far, and am enjoying every bit of it. There is definitely a lot of pressure when you get to college (especially at large state schools) to get into things that you might otherwise not be getting into.
So far I have been able to stay away from that stuff, because I have seen what it can do to people, and because I am smart enough to know that I can live a perfectly great life without it. That being said, there are a lot of fun things to do that don’t put you in trouble with the law. Every college town has tons of things to do, and normally many restaurants and other businesses offer discounts for students.
Probably the best part, though, of the college life is learning to become independent. It is so great to start making decisions on your own, and not having to ask mom or dad to OK them. There are so many opportunities, and nobody really holding you back from making the most of them.
My simple advice for high school students is to realize that pretty much any college you choose is going to be the right one. There are so many similarities between most colleges, as long as they offer the right program for you; you are in the right place.
I definitely wouldn’t change the decision I made, if given the chance. This university is very real, and has everything I need to become the best person I am capable of becoming. There are so many resources, and so many ways to get involved with other students who feel the same way I do about certain issues and hobbies. It is great to be in a place in which everyone takes things more seriously than they did in high school, and yet still has time for fun and enjoying some of the great joys of college life.
Don’t try too hard
The only thing I would have done differently, looking back, is not put so much effort into trying to pick a college. I toured over 15 colleges, and spent so much time trying to figure out which school was the best for me, and then ended up switching at the last second to a school I had hardly even heard about, and had never been to.
It’s a great thing, the process leading up to picking a college. My advice would be stay calm, and let it come to you. Yes, there are things you have to do; forms you have to fill out. But overall, if you figure out what it is you want to study and let the colleges do the work for you in trying to recruit you, you will be fine.
It really is true when they say that there will be one school that when you get on campus,