Choosing a college can be one of the hardest decisions you’ll make in high school. It’s hard to know what to look for. How exactly do you determine what will make you happy now as well as successful in the long run? As a Right C3 coach, I encounter students in every stage of the college admissions process. I find that many students struggle because they feel they have no preferences or must-haves in a college. What should you do?
First, be true to yourself when choosing a school. You must determine what you want from a college. Deep down you have an idea of what college should be like, and you need to explore schools that fit that mold. The easy answers are a great college experience, a high-paying job, and lifelong friendships, but try to dig deeper. For example, some college-bound students may want a scholastic atmosphere that is focused on research and advancement. Others may want forward-thinking schools that are focused on becoming more green, culturally aware, politically charged, or unorthodox in structure. Do any of these passions line up with yours or can you think of others that do? If so, use them to begin the research process.
Shopping for colleges is a lot like shopping for clothes. Sometimes the item is too big, a bit snug, dated, or downright uncomfortable. Researching colleges can help you determine your level of fit with the school. You have to take a keen eye to college campuses, college websites, and college mission statements especially. Mission statements tell you everything you need to know about what the school was, is, and plans to be in the future. Pay close attention to whether the mission falls in line with your passions, career interests, and mind-set. Then take a look around the website and campus to find proof that the school is actively moving toward achieving its objectives.
Next, what the school can do for you? Will it steer you toward your destiny? A college is only as successful as its students, and they care if you succeed because it reflects on them. Look for schools that require their students to complete internships and have high job placement rates for graduates. Where do graduates typically work after college? What part of the school is most well-known? Who knows? You may stumble upon your dream career just by being in an atmosphere that gets you excited about that line of work.
Be sure to contact your coaches at Right C3 for guidance. We are here to help you with this process. Pay attention to your college expectations and keep your eyes open. Remember it is about finding a school that is the right fit for you. You may not find a school that has everything you hope college will be, but you can identify your must-haves in a college.