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How do I chose what university to attend?

How do I decide between following my dreams of studying on the east coast, or staying on the west coast with my family? #family

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Kim’s Answer

Hi Sadie!

I have more questions than answers, but I hope they help you to reach a decision.

Why do you want to study on the east coast? Is it just that you want to spend some time there seeing the sights, or is it really that you want to go to school there? Perhaps you just want to get away from the family? How do you intend to pay for school? Out of state schools usually cost more. Are there good schools on the west coast? How often will you be able to travel back home? Have you been away from home before? These are all things that you need to think about. In the age of social media, one is never far from home anymore, but, there is still no replacement for a physical hug. Try to think through what you want to do and WHY you want to do it. You can always get in an east coast vacation at some point. Going to college may not be the best way to do it!

best of luck!


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Gwen Hardin,’s Answer

Hi Sadie,

I felt the same way at one point in my life when trying to decide to stay close to home or move to the east coast for school. Consider several points to take into account in order to make your decision. Write down what schools you want to attend or have been accepted to, both west and east coast, decide which school best fits your interests and major- if you know already what you are planning to study, consider yours and your family's financial state on what you can afford. How supportive is your family about your dreams to be on the east coast? In this modern age you can reassure them that you can stay in touch with them in a million ways as if you're still there. Write out all the pros and cons to help best make your decision. Hope this helps.

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Jordan J’s Answer

Hi Sadie, I like your question on which university to attend with your factors in consideration. Well, it really depends on what you want to do long term. I hate to tell you, but student debt is no joke and I wouldn't want you to end up paying a lot of money every year to attend the university of your dreams. I'd say, think practical and long term. For me it would all come down to future career choice and cost. If you don't know exactly what you want t do yet, I'd say take the community college route which is always a good choice. I went to a community college and now here I am at a big four accounting firm and currently have no debt. Just remember, what you don't want is having graduated from an expensive university without a plan on what to do after. Hopefully this helps Sadie, think practical and long term of what you want to do after you graduate, what career are you sure of and the choice becomes easier.

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Simeon’s Answer

If you are able to afford plane flights to return during breaks, I'd say go for the east coast college. One of the best things about college is that it can help you open up your horizons. You'll get to visit new towns, experience new culture, and meet people who are very different than the ones you've gotten to know this far in your life. I say that as someone who deeply appreciates the Northwest as well. It'll only be for a few years and you'll be back before you know it.

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Nicholas’s Answer

Focus on the main things you want out of your college experience! How big of a school , what you want to study, name recognition, and the pride in your school! I would also focus on a school with a large alumni association! And this can help with your college search!

Focus on the field of study you want . Where you want to study . Do some research work on what you want ,and reflect back on your descisions Sarah E.