How To Pick The College For You

Picking the college for you can be downright intimidating. This is the place you’re going to be spending the next few years of your life. How can you be sure you’ve made the right decision?

Request information about the school.

The majority of colleges will be more than willing to mail you pamphlets, booklets and fact sheets filled with information about what they have to offer you.

Plus, if you get on the school’s mailing list, you’ll likely receive information about events held on campus.

Speaking of which…

Visit the campus.

Interested in a school? Not sure if you’d like to enroll there? Go and visit the campus! I can’t stress this enough. You can only get so much information from pamphlets and booklets. In order to get a feel for the school, you need to go there, plain and simple.

Some people are attracted to the city, while others love rural areas. One person may be drawn to the small school environment, while another may prefer a larger campus. Everybody is different and the only way to find out where you feel most comfortable is to physically go there and find out.

You’re going to be spending a lot of time and money there over the next few years. Don’t you want to make sure you like it there?

 Talk to an admissions counselor.

It is this person’s job to answer each and every question you have about a school. Use this to your advantage! You’re the one who has to make the decision about which school you attend. Even if it feels like a “stupid question,” ask it! The more information you have, the better off you will be.

Let your parents or guardians get involved.

They’re an important part of this process. There are quite a lot of questions you need to answer together:

  • Will they be helping you pay for school?
  • Will you be living at home or on campus?
  • Will you need to get a work-study job on campus to help pay tuition?

Besides, they’re your parents/guardians. If they want to get involved, let them! This is just as important a decision for them as it is for you.

Don’t limit yourself to one school.

If you’re dead set on attending one college, don’t let that stop you from applying to a few others.

Life is full of the unexpected. If something happens that doesn’t allow you to attend your first choice of school, you need to have a backup.

Also, don’t let the fear of rejection stop you from applying to a certain school. I applied to Harvard my senior year of high school just to see what would happen! You never know until you try.

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Ana Koulouris

Ana Koulouris

Ana Koulouris is a senior at Benedictine University in Illinois pursuing a degree in writing and publishing. When she is not at work in the Office of Admissions or on the university's newspaper, she can be found writing short stories, reading anything and everything, and spending time with family and friends.