This blog was written by Victoria, our campus ambassador from West Virginia University!
It’s that time of year again! High school seniors are applying to colleges everywhere. But when you’re a senior in high school, how do you know what you really want? A big school, a small school, and school far away, a school close to home; there’s so many choices! Well take it from someone who applied to fourteen colleges, you need to try everything and anything. So if you’re a high school senior, and in the process of applying for colleges, make sure you:
- Go to a small state school, and a large state school – Seeing a school with 8,000 undergrads, versus a school with 25,000 undergrads is a huge difference. However, you won’t know what you like until you visit both. The atmosphere of a small school, and the atmosphere of a large school differ completely. So make sure you try out both, so you can compare which one you like better.
- Don’t listen to what others say online – If you’re really interested in a school and reading about others opinions online, don’t take it all too seriously. To some people, that school may be a party school or a backpack school, but to others it could be the complete opposite. College is all about what you make it; so don’t take what other students say about the college too seriously.
- Make pro and con lists – Visiting a lot of college campuses can get really confusing. Trust me, I went to fourteen of them. So when your walking around campus or going on the tours, bring a little notepad with you and write down things that you like and things you don’t like. This way when it comes time to make your final decision, you have notes on all of the colleges.
- Don’t make a decision based on one thing – If you know a lot of people going to a particular college, or you really like the social life there, don’t pick that college just for that one reason. You will end up regretting your decision in the long run. Make sure there are multiple things that you like about the college. This way you won’t be disappointed when you actually become a student there.
Overall, if you’re a high school senior or junior even and looking at colleges, just be smart about your decision. Try out every kind of college so you know what you really want, and do what you feel is best, not what others what you to do. This way, you’ll be happy when you’re finally a freshman at college!