Right after high school is a scary time -- you have to know what you’re going to do and you have to be sure. That’s a lot of pressure to put on a person who can hardly decide between prom dresses. For many students, including myself, the time between talking about what happens next and what actually happens next seems to flash by. I had a rocky start on my path to my current school, but I found my way to the school of my dreams and I couldn’t be happier.
Figuring out what I wanted to do after high school for me was easy; I loved school and I loved writing, so my natural thought was “College!” While education is the primary reason I chose college, I also knew it would give me the experience in writing that I needed. The majority of my classes have given me the opportunity to write in many styles, with due dates and topics -- just like the real world – and will aid me in my future writing career.
Right from the start
Flagler College has been a dream of mine ever since I picked up that pamphlet five years ago, and I have never found anything that makes me believe otherwise. I know college, in general, was a good place for me because I simply love learning. Flagler, in particular, had all the proper criteria: a comfortable atmosphere, a small student/professor ratio and a killer communications department.
I chose my current situation on logic and gut. From the moment I held that picture of the campus to actually visiting campus, I had discovered what I wanted in my future. Besides discovering the beautiful grounds, I found that Flagler is in a small historic town, has a very calm vibe, offers a lot of programs and has an experienced staff. All those combined with the competitive communications program helped me make my decision.Know Yourself
My ideas on college and Flagler haven’t changed very much. The only things I feel differently about now are the dorms and meal plans. While I think they are great for first-year students, I have grown tired of them and am considering moving off campus. A lot of students I have talked to feel the same way: Dorms are important in that they help you get to know a good chunk of the student population, but after a while they do become tiresome.
However, at the end of the day when I’m walking back from class, I look at my campus and smile, because I am so beyond happy I am lliving my dreams.
Apply early and follow up
If you are considering college, apply to tons of schools and do it early. I made the mistake of applying to two to three of my choice schools, getting into some, not responding fast enough and having to wait another semester before going to Flagler.
Your first fall experience in college is beyond fun and is crucial in getting to know your class. My college (and most) put on a huge freshmen orientation for that week. Unfortunately, I jumped in during the spring semester, when most students were already acquainted with each other. Of course, I eventually got to know a lot of people, but I missed out on the orientation and the fun of it all.
High school seniors and juniors: Find what you’re going to do and do it. Finding a perfect college and attending it doesn’t always happen, so consider other options. Be flexible and have not only a Plan A, but a Plan A-Z. The one thing that is constant in this world is change, so be ready for it.