How to pick the Right College or University

Scary right?! In high school you are slammed with so much college stuff before you even apply! The process does not have to be that stressful. I had my heart set on one university and it worked out for me. I’ve seen my friends not get accepted to where they really wanted to go, but plans changed.

I picked a branch of Ohio University. As I mentioned in my last post, I live about five to ten minutes away. I chose this one because the price is amazing (around $5,000 each year), it’s close to home (yay home cooked meals, a full bed, less gas and family), I get the same degree as if I were to attend the Athens campus, and I can grow my connections locally. I did not want to go away for college mainly because I was new to being a diabetic and I didn’t feel comfortable in the dorm environment. I knew this was it. I applied to one and only one university and got accepted.

You can’t pick just one college to apply to, well you can (I did), but it I highly recommend picking a few.

  • Find a college/university that has your major
  • Make sure you are happy with the location
  • Price tag is most important
  • Do you prefer large classes or small classes?
  • Can you have a car?
  • Dorms or apartments
  • Roommate or no roommate
  • Private or public
  • Will you be a student athlete or not?
  • Do they have clubs and activities you’d like to be apart of?
  • Do you have scholarships
  • Will you be happy here?

There are so many things that go into going to college… and we’re just getting started. If you’re like me, you didn’t get any scholarships, you can’t afford an expensive college, or maybe you have an illness that you’re afraid to take to the dorm life, so I took what I could get.

  • Tour where you want to go and tour campuses that are outside your comfort zone.
  • Tour as much as you can and tour the same place multiple times so you can get the full experience.
  • Ask questions, please please please don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  • Check ALL requirements
  • Keep applying for scholarships
  • Talk to your counselor

Make a checklist to make sure you have found the perfect college that you want to spend the next part of your life at. I couldn’t be more happy with my decision. I will be posting more about college, we got a lot to cover so stay tuned! I hope this helped!

Comment below any tips you have to share! 🙂  

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