College is something to get super excited about! I know I sure did. The thought of moving to a new place, being an adult, living on my own and meeting new people was something that made me anticipating move in day. However, before all of that, it’s important on choosing the right school for you. Whether that is a community college or a university. Personally, I attend a university, so for the sake of this advice I’m going to talk mainly about universities.
Step 1: Location, Location, Location
This is super important to think about. You need to think about where you want to be living for the next four years of your life. Do you want to live by the beach, a city, a rural area, or somewhere super nature-y?
Schoolwork will keep you super busy throughout the year, especially around exam time, but it’s good to keep in mind when you do have downtime what you would like to do. Whether that be catching some waves, touring a new city, or adventuring in the forests with some friends it’s up to you. All sound very tempting to be honest! Once you’ve figured out what kind of location you’re leaning towards it will help narrow down some options.
Step 2: Size Matters
Now that you’ve got an idea of what kind of environment you want to live in, it’s time to think about the campus size. In the end, believe it or not, campus size does matter. It matters to YOU. Now there are pro’s and con’s to both.
Pros to a big campus: The opportunity of meeting new people is endless! Trust me. I go to a university of 50,000 students (just on my campus, we have multiple campus spread out so total students attending my university is around 80,000). My classes are usually 100+ people (once I had a class with 400 students) so meeting new people isn’t hard. All I have to do is sit next to someone and strike up a conversation. Due to the fact that there’s so many people, the amount of clubs and organizations are endless. I would be surprised if you didn’t find a club you’d be interested in and if you don’t then most all schools allow you to start your own club of your choice!
Cons to a big campus: There’s so many people! As great as this is, for me who is a little more on the shy side it’s super intimidating trying to meet new friends. The friends I have met and gotten along with have been my roommates and the classmates I share the multiple classes with. But don’t let this discourage you!
Pros to a small campus: As I’ve stated previously my school is a very very big campus but a definite pro to a small campus would be small class sizes. Yeah the 400 student lecture hall sounds super cool because that’s what you see in the movies but in all honestly everyone hates those classes, because trying to get help from the teacher is super difficult. Whether you’re in class and want to ask a question or trying to email the professor to get some help it’s just more difficult. I wish I had smaller class sizes to get a more 1 on 1 feel with the professor especially when the subject proves to be more difficult.
Cons to a small campus: I have a friend who attends a small campus and he likes it a lot except for the fact that everyone knows everyone and everyone knows everyones business. I kind of like the anonymity of a big campus because it’s such a different feel from high school.
Step 3: Major Decisions
If you’re unsure of what you want to do with your life I highly HIGHLY HIGHLY suggest choosing a campus that has a little of everything when it comes to majors. Give yourself that opportunity of trying different things out. You don’t want to attend a college and then decide on a major but the college doesn’t offer it! That just seems like a lot of extra stress that can easily be avoided.
However, if you are on the other side of this argument and you know without a doubt what you want your major to be then when you research different universities make sure they provide the major you want! Even if you do know your major, look at different majors or even majors within the same field just a different concentration just in case you change your mind slightly.
Step 4: Smells like Teen Spirit
This part of researching for schools is fun! If you aren’t into school spirit and love attending your school’s sports events then make sure to find a university that loves to express how much they love their school. A good way to tell how much school spirit a school has is by looking at their football team. I’m from America, so basically football is life over here. If a school goes all out for their football team then it’s quite obvious how devoted they are, school spirit wise.
For my school, football is huge. Everyone loves attending the football games. They dress up in the right colors for the night, people make signs (that are usually hilarious and super witty), they face paint (or sometimes body paint) themselves, and just overall get super amped up for the games.
An EXTREMELY useful website to research different colleges is Niche. If you make an account you can add in your GPA and test scores and it can help compare what other students that have been accepted to the university compare to you to see the likeliness of you getting in. Also you can put in different configurations of what you’re looking for and they will give you college recommendations. I definitely suggest checking this site out.
Hopefully I have helped narrow down some options for you guys! Researching different colleges was super fun for me. I loved imagining myself in different places and just the thought of moving somewhere new was super exciting. Let me know if you have any questions I’d love to help! I usually post about books but I’m opening my blog up to other subjects since my life isn’t all about books ( I wish!) but it’s also about college, fitness and health. Hope this was helpful and I’ll talk to you guys in my next post!