“You have to stay in school.
You have to.
You have to go to college.
You have to get your degree.
Because that's the one thing people can't take away from you is your education.
And it is worth the investment.”
Selecting a college is one of the biggest decisions of your life (no pressure). Graduation rates, program catalogs, and tuition should all weigh heavily on your decision. However, pushing academics aside, there are many other factors to consider when deciding where to apply. These 4 simple tips will ensure you go over all aspects before submitting your application.
Is the campus located in an area you feel would be satisfy not only your social needs, but your academic pursuits? For example, if your overall goal or objective is to work within the federal government, perhaps a university in the DC area would be of great value, as it could provide you with internships and volunteer opportunities within the field you are hoping to work for. Technology? Silicon Valley. Broadway? New York City… The list goes on and on.
“Education is the key to the future: You've heard it a million times, and it's not wrong. Educated people have higher wages and lower unemployment rates, and better-educated countries grow faster and innovate more than other countries. But going to college is not enough. You also have to study the right subjects.” -Alex Tabarrok
When visiting each campus, are there activities that catch your interest, whether recreational or professional? Are there groups you feel would help you grow as an individual, that are aligned with your religious, political or ideological viewpoints? Are there groups that counter them, so that you can continue to grow and develop by understanding different world views?
“People who graduate are more resilient financially, and they weather economic downturns better than people who don't graduate. And, throughout their lives, people who graduate are more likely to be economically secure, more likely to be healthy, and more likely to live longer. Face it: A college degree puts a lot in your corner.” -Elizabeth Warren
Depending on the college location you pick, working out the logistics of moving your items to and from that university campus each year is important. If there is a self-storage unit nearby, you can easily rent a small one- even split the cost and share the space with a few friends - so that you can keep necessary items close, rather than lugging them back and forth to your house each semester. You can even use storage for larger or seasonal items in there, as not to cram up your small dorm space. Which brings us to our next topic...
“The people you live with at college, those first roommates often are people you're still friends with the rest of your life.” -Richard Linklater (That is, if they aren’t a total nightmare to live with…)
Let’s face it. The dorm life isn’t for everybody. Are you comfortable sharing a room with someone (or several people)? How about your bathroom and shower? Some campuses only have a pubic one per floor… Think it through (since it’s where you’ll have to poo!) and be sure to select a campus that fits with your preferences.
“It is not so important to be serious as it is to be serious about the important things. The monkey wears an expression of seriousness which would do credit to any college student, but the monkey is serious because he itches.” -Robert M. Hutchins