Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ahhh College


(The only reason BGSU is the one featured is because that's where I'm attending in the fall. So no offense to anyone.)

Okay so as most of you know, I'm a senior in high school and of course we're all freaked out about college. So here's a little guide of 5 things you should consider when choosing your college and some do's and don't's as well.

5 Things To Consider When Choosing Your College:
1. Campus- If you don't like the campus, you're probably not gonna like the school. Most people will tell you, when you step on the campus of the right school, you're gonna know it. It'll just feel right. I personally completely agree with this.
2. Distance from home- Are you looking to get really far away or stay pretty close? What if something happens? Is someone gonna be around if you need help? How often are you gonna wanna go home and visit?
3. Size- Do you want to live on a big campus with a lot of diversity or a smaller school where everyone knows everyone? Do you want to live in the middle of a big city or a town?
4. Price/Scholarships- Obviously cost is an issue. If you want to go to an expensive school are you okay with paying back the debt long after you're out of school? College is a worthy investment for your future, however, if it's between two schools and one is cheaper then you're probably gonna wanna go there. And what scholarships do the schools offer?
5. Acceptance qualifications/major- Do you meet the qualifications to be accepted? And most importantly, do they have your major?

Do's:

  • Do take college visits to lots of different colleges even if you know you don't want to go there just so you can get a feel for what you do want.
  • Do apply to more than one college 
  • Do have a back up plan. If you plan to go to ONU then make sure you also apply for Ball State or somewhere else you liked in case you end up not liking it or it doesn't work out.
  • Do talk to students that attend the college you're interested in. They know what it's like and can give you inside information.
  • Do get ahead of the game and start researching the scholarships they offer.
  • Do attend one of the many days colleges offer to give information on certain majors. For example, music day, pharmacy discovery, stem day, ect. These will give you a more in-depth look at where you will be if you go into that major at that college.
  • Do take your parents on the visits with you. After all, they do have to help you with the financial aid stuff later. 
Don't's:
  • DON'T pick a college just cuz your friends go there. Chances are, you'll hate the school and you probably won't stay friends anyways.
  • DON'T con your friends into going to the same school as you. Showing them is one thing. Saying they have to is another. It's their choice.
  • DON'T get set on one school early in the game. Explore and experience lots of different places before you choose.
  • DON'T choose a school just because it's cheap. Again, you'll probably end up hating the school.
  • DON'T choose your college without visiting. Know that you're gonna wanna spend the next 4+ years there.
College in Ohioish Area I Recommend Visiting:
  • Bowling Green State University (BGSU)- My college of choice :)
  • University of Toledo 
  • Heidelberg University
  • Bluffton University
  • Ohio University (OU)
  • Ohio Northern Unviersity (ONU)
  • Ohio State University (OSU)
  • Wright State
  • Ball State
















That's a little bit of my advice. I hope it helps someone and if you have anything to add, feel free to comment. :)

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