How do I pick a College?

February 17, 2018

Finally, it’s over. No more writing three essays a day to apply to the ump-teenth college. No more searching google drive for essays that you can reuse. You can finally take it easy now, right?

For some, the decision process is much more stressful than applying. Let’s say you get into five really great schools, and they all have things that are just too good about them that can make you pick one. When narrowing down your choices and coming to a final consensus, ask yourself a few questions first:

  • Why did I apply to this school?

              If you just did it because friends, family, or because it “sounds” nice to say it's not the right place for you.

  • How often do I want to go home?

              Of course you’re thinking “I’m not gonna want to go home at all,” but that may not be the case when you are               in college. You may want to think about how easy/costly it is to go home, or else you may only get to go               home a couple times a semester.

  • What do I want to major in?

              We get it, you might not even have a clue as to what you want to study. Going undecided isn’t a bad idea if               you are trying to explore your options. Look around at different careers you might be interested in and don't               be afraid to take some personality test to give you ideas.

  • Can I really picture myself living there?

              Every college has their own culture and traditions, some of which doesn't appeal to everyone. It always a               good idea to ask current/past students about their experiences.

Take all your answers and see if one school stands out. If you still can’t decide, don’t freak out! Just take your time and try to work out the pros and cons another day. Remember, no matter where you end up, college will be some best years of your life.


Jacob Wilson