So you’ve been accepted to college, now what?
Well, most students have at least a couple of colleges lined up. Made up your mind early? Only applied/accepted to one college? Congratulations, you’re going to college and this article isn’t for you.
This article is for those kids who have no idea where to go or what they’re going to do. This article is for the seniors who are on the edge of just flipping a coin or throwing a dart at a board and letting fate decide. Even though the school you choose is really a matter of preference, there are criteria you can look at to make a decision.
Trust me, food is VERY is important when looking at schools, along with the location of dining options. For example, if you love eating (like myself) them maybe a school with two dingy halls on opposite ends of campus may not be the best fit for you. Now, packing on a “freshman 15” shouldn’t be a goal but having quality food at your fingertips should be. Eating dry Ramen Noodle packets is not “living”.
If you have an intended major, it’s obvious that you should look for a school that is reputable in that field of study. No idea what you want to do? Try to look at the most eye-catching departments or ones that interest you most.
Do you plan on joining a fraternity/sorority? Do you enjoy partying or would you prefer to live as a hermit in darkness of your dorm watching netflix? These questions are important ones to ask yourself when choosing a schools. Student involvement in general can make or break an experience. Student life can be anything from “Kappa Delta’s Beach Blast” to tailgating/ going to a football game or going to see a school show. Whatever you do and wherever you go, become involved in some capacity. It’ll make your college experience a lot less lonely.
College is expensive, my friend. Really expensive. When looking for the college best suited for you, it is important to keep in mind what is affordable, as well as schools where you qualify for scholarships and grants to help make that crippling student debt just a little easier to bare.
Along with that is how far away from home you want to be. Some want to stay close to home; that’s cool. Others want to move halfway around the globe; that’s cool too. Personally, I would chose a school that’s in between. One that is far enough from that you feel like you are living independently, but one close enough that if needed to go home for a special occasion or an emergency it would realistic to travel home.
In the end, what school is best for you can only be determined by one person: you. Ignore your girlfriend/boyfriend’s opinions and ignore your parents’ bias (I mean, somewhat. They are the ones cutting checks every semester so their opinions do carry some value). No matter where you go, however, you have to be able to envision yourself studying there for the next four years. And if you can’t decide, you can always take a gap year.