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Today’s post is by campus correspondent Kristen Lantz. Find out how you can become a campus correspondent, too!
At first, choosing where to go to college can be a very scary thing to think about. There are so many things to consider! However, if you simply sit down with a trusted family member or friend, it is a lot easier than it seems.
There are many things to think about when you’re choosing which college to go to, but just take it one step at a time and it will seem so much easier than you expected.
Where Do You Want to Live?
The first thing you should consider is location. Decide if you want to stay close to home or not. If you choose not to stay close to home, where would you want to live?
This is a very important decision because it is likely that you will be spending four or more years in this location, and you don’t want to live somewhere that would be unpleasant for you. Everyone is different, so consider where you want to be and then look at the colleges that are in that location.
How Much Do You Want to Pay?
Another very important thing to consider is tuition and whether the school is a public or a private school. If the school is private, then the tuition is likely to be much higher than a public school, but the classes may also be considerably smaller than a public school. It is up to you to decide if the higher cost in tuition is worth it to be in smaller classes.
You also need to decide what you can afford, and what scholarships are available through the colleges that you are considering. You don’t want to be in debt when you get out of college, so make sure that the college you choose is affordable.
What Do You Want to Major In?
Make sure you know what majors a college offers; if you can’t decide on a major, look at all the majors the college can provide. If you are having trouble deciding between two different majors, try to find a college that offers both majors that you are considering, just in case you change your mind later on.
If you don’t know what you want to major in, find a college that has majors in the subject areas that interest you the most and you can possibly find a career path that you enjoy through those programs.
Don’t choose a college just because it has a good reputation, or it is the highest ranked college in the area. Just because a college has a record like that doesn’t mean that it is the right college for you. Consider your own needs before you look at how others view that college.
Again, you aren’t making this decision alone; don’t be afraid to ask your close friends and relatives for help. Best of luck to everyone!
Kristen Lantz is a senior at Sullivan Central High School in Tennessee. She is very involved with community service, school clubs and other extracurricular activities. Her future plans are to attend a four-year college, go to graduate school and specialize in veterinary medicine.