Students should go to a college where they know they will feel safe, happy, and active.
I would tell them to look at the cost of the schools. Are they willing to compromise their finacial security for a college that might not give them the end result they wanted? It will be hard but I do not recommen exceding their capacity for a college that might not be the right one. With that in mind, I would suggest to get involved and meet new people. That is the way to make memories and have a blast while maturing and preparing for the future.
Make sure they love the area and there are commonalities with home otherwise you will be very depressed.
Take your time in selecting your college. Do not decide where to go based on where your friends are going, because that may not be what is best for you. Listen to your parents advice, but in the end, listen to your heart also. Research, research, research! This is a huge decision, and one that will affect you for years to come. Once you are at your college, find people that you have something in common with and be yourself. Don't spread yourself too thin and don't party too much! It will ruin your chances at success. Good luck!
I would suggest that students and parents get involved with the college experience. I think that they should take advantage of the new student orientations and mixers and learn what the college has to offer - before committing. I also think the dorms are great for first year students, are reasonably priced, and are a great way to get to know other students. I also think students need to work closely with financial aid and academic advisors before enrolling in classes - especially when they haven't chosen a program. Get all your general education requirements out of the way first.
The best advice I can offer is that the student makes the decision about where to go. They should pick somewhere they would feel comforatble adn become apart of the ollege community.
Before embarking on your college career you need to have at least a four-year plan. College is expensive and most likely you will need to take out loans or spend countless hours applying for scholarships that never come to fruition. You do not want to spend you entire life in college, after all college is supposed to prepare you for life. Also you will want to get the most bang for your buck. So have a plan. Pick a major and stick with it. If you are unsure of what you want to do with the rest of your life you may want to take a semester or two to work and save money while you are pondering this question. But take no more than two semesters and then get back in the game! Once you have a plan, carry it out and take advantage of the many oppurtunities that will come your way! You are young so have fun but don't become too distracted by the pleasures of life. Work hard and when all seems lost keep on keeping on. When all is said and done you will have spent your time and money well!
Make sure you visit campus, go through the tours and orientations if it's offered. It's great touring during the academic school year because that way you can observe the students and the surrounding environment and get an idea of the campus atomsphere. Parents, encourage your kids to not come home as often, cut the cord loose! There are so many activities going on during the weekend that if they are visiting home, they miss out on some great and fun opportunities and don't get as connected. Students, LIVE ON CAMPUS PERIOD. Especially your first year. The time to meet new people is your freshman year. Everyone is in the same boat as you. And lastly, ENJOY! Live it up! Some of the best times of your life! =)
Look for small teacher/student ratios, teachers that are involved, and an economic value.
Be indecisive. That way, when you have found what you wanted, then you will truly be happy knowing that you tried all the other options. Don't be pressured on making immediate decisions, graduate at your own pace and learn into any topic that you want.
Do your homework! Just because a college is reputable does not mean that it is the best option for a high school graduate. Sometimes schools that aren't as famous as Harvard, for example, are still really good and could have just what your student is looking for in a school. Attending a college is a lot more than just the academics. The social atmosphere is important as well. Make sure that you/your student chooses a school that meets both their academic and social needs. Look at how well a college is able to place graduates in jobs/careers. Also, professors are really important to succeeding in and after college. Check into what type of experience they have in the fields they are teaching in the classroom. It is better to have professors with hands-on experience than ones that have only been in a classroom.
Follow your heart. I chose NAU because I felt it was where i should be. My parents disagreed with me but I did what I needed to do. Also foloow you heart while you're here at college. It's a once in a lifetime oppertunity so don't let these few short years pass you by. Join clubs, get involved, become a RA. Do what fits you and the rest will fall into place.
The most important thing to understand about going to college is your attiutude. College will force you to step out of your comfort zone and make a new world for yourself. If you try to fight the experince of college, it does not matter where you go, because you will not like it. Have a great attiutude and you will be succesuful no matter where you end up.
Do as much research as possible on financial aid and scholarships
When looking for a college, it is extremely vital to examine the overall experience you would recieve while attending that institution. Most people believe that academic quality is the most important aspect of school, but more often than not, social experiences matter at least as much as the knowledge you gain. You should look at what you want to get out of school in addition to the degree. What kind of person would you like to become? What college will help you become this person? You should look at the environment there as well as the social acceptance of individuality. It is very important to be surrounded by a vast variety of culture, ideals, religions, ethics, as well as a diverse population of people. This will allow inevitable tolerance and will expose you to a significant expanse of various opinions in order to create a valid and justified opinion of your own. This is the absolutely only way to derive well-roundedness.
I would just say to follow your heart. If you feel it is the right school then it will be the right school.
I would say to really go for the college that focuses on your major. Stay a little close to home but not too close. And definitely be social. The connections you make in college are likely to stick with you forever. Go to parties, school events, anything to get your foot in the door.
The advice I would give is that you should make up your mind about going to college first and when you are thinking about choosing a college you should definitely visit it and see what the atmosphere is like. See if it's some place you would like to stay. You should definitely check out the tuition and expenses and see if your college has great financial aid options and see if they are truly willing to work with you. Realize that there are many things that go on in your college that you might not be ready for or prepared to handle, but don't sweat it because there should be a balance and a place you can "escape" to if things get to hectic. Don't be afraid to try new and interesting things, like joining your major's department club and get involved.
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