6 - How to Select a College

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Article How to Select a College or University It's easy to get caught up in the school hunt. It's exciting to be planning your future this way! But before you open your first university calendar or visit a college website, consider a couple points. First, there is no such thing as the "perfect" school for everybody. Every school has advantages and disadvantages. Each offers a unique experience. Second, don't let anyone tell you where you "should" go. You're the one who'll have to live with the choice of campus, not your counselor, your parents or your best friend. In the process of selecting a college or university, the first step is self-evaluation. This little talk with yourself will help you consider your dreams and limitations (academic and financial). The second step is figuring out what kinds of schools meet your needs. This helps you narrow down your search. The third step is putting your list of schools under the proverbial microscope. At the end of this process, you should be ready to apply for admission to your chosen schools. Good luck! An Examination of Yourself: Needs, Wants and Limitations What's in your heart? Your needs. Your dreams. Your future. Your school. Your choice. Noticing a trend? The most important part of the college search equation is the "you" factor. To make any kind of thoughtful decision, you first have to understand yourself. So what's in your heart? Why is post-secondary education important to you? Is it just something that's expected and that's why you're going, or do you have some goals you want to fulfill? Goal-setting is incredibly important, because if you can't pinpoint what you want to get out of your college or university experience, then you might as well not go. It doesn't have to be as specific a goal as "I want to major in English with a specialization in the Romantic poet Keats and minor in Latin American studies." Something like "I want to spend the next four years learning how to think critically and figure out my career options" is just fine. Really thinking about what you want to accomplish will be invaluable in guiding you towards the right school. But we suspect that there are other things in your heart too. Has going to school in Boston or New York always been your dream? Maybe even continuing your studies in Canada, Europe or Asia? Do you want to taste the sweetness of independence, or do you prefer the warmth and support of being surrounded by people and places that are familiar? Does it matter whether a school has a large population? Do you like getting lost in the crowd of big lecture halls or do you prefer the intimacy of smaller institutions? These are just a few examples, but you get the idea. You need to figure out your preferences when it comes to things like learning environments, campus culture, location, the kinds of people around you. What's on the career horizon?
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This note was uploaded on 01/28/2010 for the course CMSY 103 taught by Professor N/a during the Fall '06 term at Howard County Community College.

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