Choosing the Right College
From the city you live in, to the people you know, to the career you end up in, the college you choose to attend can mold your future. For four years, your life revolves around this institution. You live here, learn here, make connections here, and forge a life path here. Early on in life, your alma matter becomes an integral part of your persona. Naturally, then, choosing the right college is an important life decision.
One important factor in choosing the right college is ensuring that they provide the proper resources for the field you want to study in. Does your ideal college have a famous business program? Do you want to have ample research opportunities during your undergraduate years? Consider what it is you want out of your college education and choose the university that best meets your needs. A school with a lacking fine arts department, for example, may not be the place for an aspiring film major, whereas USC’s School of Cinematic Arts may be a better fit.
Other important factors to consider are the campus and culture of your ideal college. Deciding between qualities like an urban or rural campus, a large or small student body, or an active or nonexistent Greek life is key to determining whether you will fit into the university’s culture. The best way to figure this out is to visit the campus itself. There is no better way to get a taste of life at a university than to spend a day exploring the campus and college-town. Taking a tour or just walking the grounds yourself can help you determine whether or not a college is right for you. Speaking of my own experience, visiting the USC campus my sophomore year of high school helped me realize that USC is my top choice school. The LA sun shining down on the beautiful, high energy campus was just the environment I wanted to spend my college years in (despite WBB taking me across the globe for a couple of those years!).
Choosing the right college, though important, does not have to be overwhelming. A lot of things factor into whether or not you will be happy with the college you attend, but what is important is being confident in what you want out of your experience. Know what you want and go after it–visit campus, take a tour, or reach out to the university’s admissions counselors to learn if a college is right for you.