Are you ready to leave high school and embark in the new adventure called college life? Perhaps you feel like a whirlwind of emotions right now: anxious, excited, doubtful, expectant? Worried about not finding the right college? Here are some things you should consider when you’re looking for the right college that will hopefully launch you into a successful adult life in the future.
Going off to college can be one of the most exhilarating times of your life. For the first time, you get a chance to be independent. You get to embark on a new journey, meet new friends and most importantly – discover things about yourself that you didn’t even know. College basically prepares you for the rest of your life. And that’s why it’s important to pick the best college that will hone your skills and help you grow.
So, how do you go about choosing?
1. All About Academics
What are you planning to major in? What field of study do you see yourself in? Answering these questions may help you decide which school to go to. There are some schools that “specialize” in certain degrees – Berkeley for music, for example, Brown for the Arts, Dartmouth for the sports-inclined.
2. Atmosphere and Setting
Do you see yourself in a busy city setting like Columbia in NY? Or would you prefer a much quieter, tree-lined campus in Montana where you can drown yourself in books and study? Small school or diverse university? Public or private? Atmosphere and setting is important in choosing a college. Keep in mind that you’ll be spending four years there so you have to feel like you belong.
Finance is another thing you should really consider. Are you going to apply for financial aid? Looking for grants or scholarships? Though state or community colleges may generally be cheaper, private institutions tend to have more grants and scholarships ready for the taking. So, do your research.
4. Schedule a Visit
When choosing a school, nothing beats actually going to the campus to see and feel how you like it. If you feel “at home” in a particular school, then you might be closer to making your decision than you think.