I remember when I was a junior in high school and I had to start considering where I wanted to go to college. It was very nerve racking and I had no idea where I wanted to go or what I wanted to study. When I was a freshman I thought I knew what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go, but apparently that had completely changed.
Luckily, my high school was very helpful when it came to searching and picking that perfect college. The guidance counselor’s office made sure that there were information sessions when colleges came to visit. Additionally, there would be college fairs. This is where I found a majority of the colleges I was interested in and ended up visiting. I found the college fair to be extremely helpful because they had colleges from all over the U.S. at the fair and representatives from the colleges as well in order to ask questions and get information about the college. I would definitely recommend going to a college fair in high school if there is one available to you, especially if you do not have an idea of where you would like to go.
In addition, asking your teachers is another good resource. The college I ended up going to was recommended by my high school band director. He knew I was applying to the military academies and wanted a military college experience so he told me about VMI, which I had never heard of, and ironically now attend. Also, after you ask your teachers you can then research the schools online and get an information packet sent to you. That’s exactly what I did and I found it very helpful. I found all of these resources very helpful.
Additionally, when searching for the perfect college that fits you, you have to make sure you go and visit the college. This is one of the most important pieces of advice I received when looking for the college I wanted to go to. You have to actually place yourself there and imagine yourself a student there. If you can’t see yourself attending that college or don’t feel like it fits you, then you won’t be happy going there.
Overall, finding the right college can be tough. However, once you know where you want to go it gives you the motivation to do well and finish out your senior year of high school. For me, that is exactly what it did. And even though I might not have gotten the chance to go to the college of my dreams that I worked extremely hard to get into, I know that it made me a better person and that I could not see myself anywhere else than the college I now attend. Everything seemed to work out in the end, but you definitely have to do a lot of research and make sure you have back- ups. There are plenty of resources and people that want to help you find the college that is the right fit for you you just have to be willing and ready.