Reflecting on What is Important for Me - Makenzie

By Makenzie Thiel on September 15, 2013
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Senior year is a time to have fun, make memories that will last a lifetime, and of course, spend countless hours applying to the colleges of your dreams. Although the application process may be very time consuming, it will definitely help if you go into it knowing what you want for yourself.

For example: Size? Location? Major? All of those factors and many more will play into your decision process, helping you along the way.

As for myself, I think I have a pretty good idea of my priorities when looking for a school. They are: Reputation of the college/ university, my field of interest, and school community.

Seeking a good rep

Taking that next step in your education is a huge decision, and you want to make sure that it is the right one for you.

As I have begun to research many different colleges, I have realized that I want to attend a school with a wonderful reputation and success rate. College is so very important, and it is essential that the school you choose to apply to, and eventually attend, has a good reputation and can cater to your academic needs.

I also hope the school I choose has a great success rate, because that is definitely a confidence booster -- knowing I will be helped and given the chance to show off my talents in the future. When I finally head off to college, I hope that whatever school I attend will always challenge me to do my best.

Leaving my norm

In college, I plan on majoring in creative writing. Now not every college out there offers creative writing as major, so it was a bit difficult for me to decide which schools I was going to apply to.

I looked for the schools that had some of the best creative writing programs out there and that really excited me. I’ve known for a while that not every school offers creative writing, but I never thought how that would really affect me.

There is a good chance that I could wind up attending a school far away from my home, which means that I would be leaving my family and friends, and the comfort of “my norm.” No matter what school I attend, it will most definitely be a new journey for me.

Bigger is better

As for the college/ campus community, I hope there is a great one. I’ve always dreamed of attending a big school, having tons and tons of people walking around everyday, but it would still feel like a tiny community in itself.

I hope there are always many activities going on at any given time, and that people are excited about being there. One thing I really hope for in a school is a football team. Now of course I won’t be playing on the football team, but football games (or any other sport, for that matter), bring students, faculty and staff together as one giant community.

I know your plans and priorities may not be the same as mine, but it really is important that you know what you are looking for, what you want to get out of your college experience and the type of environment you hope to be surrounded by.

College may seem like it is months or years away, but really, it’s coming faster than we can imagine and there’s no stopping it. We have to decide, “What will be right for me?”

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