It’s that time of year when prospective students are eagerly awaiting
acceptance letters into their favorite schools. No doubt you have applied
to more than one college and if you have several attractive offers, you
want to make the right choice. It can be really difficult to decide between
schools, so here is a little guide on how to go about making the right choice.
Make a list, check it twice
Write down all the things that you are looking for in a school in order
of importance. The most important option should be the course you want
to take so that should go on the very top of the list. Follow this with
other factors and facilities that you find essential to the success of
your academic career.
The second half of the list should contain the considerations that you
would like to have in your future school. These could include things like
size; some students prefer the intimacy of smaller colleges while other
students like big schools because they can meet new people.
Take a holistic approach
When finding the best fit for you, consider not only your academic needs,
but also your personality and interests. You need to find a school that
suits you in order for you to excel. You should include factors like location,
sports, your budget, the facilities provided by the school, the lecturers
who will be giving your chosen courses, course requirements, etc.
Now you can compare schools in terms of how many boxes they tick on the
‘essentials’ list and on your ‘wish’ list. This
helps you to accurately select the best school for you.
Ask all the questions
By the time you are ready to make your choice, you should have visited
each of your colleges and you should know everything you need to know
in order to make your decision. Do your research on each school so you
know exactly what you will be getting.
Set a deadline
There’s nothing worse than waiting in limbo, so set yourself a deadline
for making your final decision. Take enough time to carefully consider
your options, but don’t get bogged down in indecision. Set a date,
make a decision and then more forward with your planning.
Your family, friends and teachers are all excited and invested in your
decision. While you may feel pressure from different quarters to make
a decision, don’t shut down communication. Listen carefully to advice,
then take time to make your own decision. Communicate with your councillors,
parents and teachers so that they can help you come to the right decision for you.
Choosing the right college is a tough decision and it will affect the next
four years of your life, so take your time and trust your instincts. Good luck!