Take your time and look at all your choices. Find the school that best fits you and your needs. Don't go to a school just because your boyfriend/girlfriend or your friends from high school are going there. The school that fits them may not fit you. Get to know your professors and councilors they can help you with choosing the right classes and future career moves.
I would simply tell them "don't settle for anything less then everything you deserve." My mom told me that and I plan on following her advice. It basically means that don't strive for anything less then what you want and what you believe is right for you. Your college experience is a once in a life time experience, so make it count!
Find if and what your preference is on- State/area, average class size, programs/majors and just do some research on the school and area.
Take a look at all the schools that accept you then narrow the choice down. Don't not look at a school because your parents suggest that school. I ended up at the school that was my last choice and I am the happiest here.
My advice on finding the right college is to first figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life even if that means going to the local college for a year or two and take different classes that sound interesting to you, once you know what will make you happy for the rest of you life do a search of what college's offer a degree in that field and what type of degree it is. Once you have that narrowed down then look at what they have to offer in a social and acadmic setting then go a head and apply to the ones you have narrowed down.
When you get to college the first few weeks will be scary and exciting for you, make the most of it by getting to know not only kids your age but some of the upperclassmen who can show you the ropes and how to balance studing and partying. Don't be afraid to make mistakes just be yourself and remember to call home once a week so that your parent's don't think you dropped off the face of this earth. Just remember to have fun!!!
Let them choose the right school that's for them. Do not force your kids to go to any school they do not want to go to. And kids, make the best out of your college experience before you start working in the real world.
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