Navigating the college selection process is so much fun. I will never forget starting as a junior, which by the way, is a good idea. The entire high school experience is preparation for college, and it goes by much faster than you think it does at the time. Not only do you have to pick a college, but you need to be looking at scholarships, testing and going through the application and admissions process.
How should you choose a college? Well, one of the first things you might want to consider is whether or not you are okay with attending college far away from home. Also, as far as costs are concerned, remember that going to college out of state will mean much higher tuition costs until you are able to establish residency. A part-time job and/or an apartment (not a dorm) can help you qualify for in-state tuition after the first year.
It is important to note, however, that some colleges enforce a rule that freshmen live on campus, which can tie you up a little trying to establish that year of residency for cheaper tuition. If at all possible, this isn’t a time that you want costs to hold you up though. It would be best if you were able to focus on what you want to to do and where you want to be.
You might still be figuring out who you are and what you want to do with your life. This is perfectly normal, as many college freshmen start the semester with undeclared majors. If you do already know what you want to do, then you can certainly use that all important decision to help guide you to the right school.
Think about your major and research schools that are the best fit. Consider what type of school you want to attend. For example, do you want to attend a large public university, or do you prefer the community of a smaller school or even a private institution?
The world is at your fingertips as you pick a college. It’s not the time to go wild, however, as it is time to select the best school to help prepare you for your future. It is exciting, isn’t it? Even if you have the best-laid plans, what actually happens will be even better. There are good times, and there are tough times. However, navigating the college selection process is fun, and this is going to be one exciting adventure.