Final Year Decision
As college students, we are constantly bombarded by various decisions we need to make. Being in WBB means you have an extra choice to make: which university should I return to for my final year?
This was a question I wrestled with for months—five months to be exact. Every time I thought I was ready to sign the paper, something new would pop into my head, and I would be right back at square zero. Here are some of the key aspects that I considered when making my decision:
1) Where do I want to work after graduation? Which school will help me most to reach that goal? I thought about which industries I was interested in and which location was best for that business area as well as the strength of the support provided by the schools for that industry.
2) Which environment did I feel like I could continue my growth best, both professionally and personally? This included involvement opportunities and the communities I had built at each university. I also considered the very distinct academic styles of the universities and determined which one I believed to be most conducive to my development as a student.
3) Finally, where did I think I would be most happy when all was said and done? While education and professional growth are definitely important factors, I firmly believe that personal happiness counts too. Senior year is the final part of your college experience, and you should take advantage of the joy and freedom that comes with it.
After much debate (and changing my mind a lot!), I finally decided to come back to USC. Although this was a difficult decision for me, it was a great opportunity to do some self-reflection. In the end, I have no doubt that I made the right choice for myself; when I came back to USC in the fall, it felt like I was never gone at all.