It feels like just yesterday that I was reading up on 100s of schools, trying to decide which ones to apply to. But now I’m a recent graduate with a BA in English! I studied abroad in England for a year, conducted undergraduate research, and completed my senior project…Time flies fast and you want to make sure you're at the perfect school.
So, what is the perfect university? The truth is that there is no one-size-fits-all school. You have to find the one that's perfect for you. Don't worry! I know it's stressful, but I'm here to help. This is going to be a long post, so save it for later if you don't have the time right now.
2. Public vs Private
Deciding whether your school is going to be publicly funded or privately funded is a crucial decision. Not just financially!
3. Location: In State vs. Out of State, Near vs. Far, Foreign Country
Location is one of the biggest factors in choosing where to go to school. There are a lot of options when it comes to location.
It might not seem like it but choosing between a large university and a small one can make a difference. I'm talking about the size of the student population.
The price of your education will likely be the most important factor. You have to find the perfect college, but what about the cost? All I can say is this: don't let the price hold you back. I know I said you should be worried about the cost, but it's not the end of the world. Yes, I believe that choosing a good-enough school to save money is great. But sometimes I regret my choice of doing that.
There will always be a way to pay for it. Yes, loans suck, but your education is worth it. College is a one-time thing (for most of us anyway), don't waste it. Apply for scholarships, grants, and financial aid. Work hard. Take out loans as a last resort. But don't let the cost keep you from going where you want to go. You need to do what's best for you, even if it's expensive.
What's the biggest factor for your college search? Let me know in the comments!
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