Are You Better Suited For A Large University?

Certain personality types may be better suited to different college settings. I go to a huge state university. Like most big schools, it draws in all kinds of students, so the student body is diverse.

That said, I think certain students do better at schools with so many options. As you decide whether or not to go to a big college, ask yourself what type of environment you do best in.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself if you’re thinking about attending a big school:

  • Are You Outgoing?

Big universities have a lot to offer. They have tons of resources and great social scenes. Students who aren’t afraid to go out, explore and take advantage of all of this are the ones who have the most rewarding experiences at big schools. If you’re more reserved, you might do better in a college climate where you can get to know your peers and professors.

  • Can You Self-motivate?

In high school, you had teachers to remind you every time something was due, and to push you to do it. Students who need this type of personal interaction will have a better chance of finding it at a smaller college.

If you go to a big university, you’ll need to develop your ability to motivate yourself to get work done on time or to stand apart from your fellow classmates. You might be one of 200 students in a lecture hall with almost no face-to-face interaction with your professor, so this ability could determine your success.

If you think you need an extra push to stay on track, getting to know your teacher can help you feel more accountable for the class work and will ensure that you get help when you need it. This may take more effort on your part at a big university; stay after class or go to office hours.

  • Are You Competitive?

Students at small schools have an easier time standing out than do those who are part of a huge student body. At a big school, it may be harder to get leadership roles in clubs and student government or to make it onto sports teams. Some people thrive on competition and are good at making sure they are seen and heard.

If you’re not one of those people, consider how this could affect your experience at a big college. At a small school, it might be easier to excel at certain activities.

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Selma Haveric

Selma Haveric

Selma Haveric is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying journalism and Spanish. When she’s not studying, she loves reading, traveling and bike riding. She’s currently deciding whether to go to law school or to postpone her studies for a year and teach English in Spain.
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