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How do I know what college Im going to be happy at?

Im thinking of different colleges such as: New Mexico Military Institute, New Mexico Sate University, Lubbock Christian, Texas Tech . I don't want to go to a college and then waste the money and not like i t there , and want to go somewhere else. What do I do? #colleges #money

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Scott’s Answer

So much of college is what you make of it. More specifically, it is the connections to people you make and the activities you choose to participate in that make your college experience more enjoyable. If you think about it, every college is basically the same. A bunch of buildings and classrooms. They come to life only after people make them do so. The same experiences apply to your dorm, interactions with classmates and your desire to engage with others who you will meet.

Each campus does have a fell to it, at least in my experiences. The more common areas or places where students can hang out and socialize, the more opportunities you will have to expand your network for studying, partying or whatever you enjoy doing. Commuter colleges are the opposite, students go to class and leave. Not much of an experience there.

The other factor I have found in picking a college which is important is your post college experience. I went to a smaller school that does not offer a lot of sports etc. Conversely, some of my friends went to a big ten school. They go back to campus for football games, go to bars that affiliates with them for events and generally have a strong post college network. The other benefit is a large alumni population. This can come in handy when you hit the work world or, getting involved in various events such as meet and greets etc. Best of luck to all!
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Regina’s Answer

If you can visit the college - take a tour, talk to some of the students and professors.  This allows you to get the feel of the college.  What do you want to get out of your college experience? Do you want smaller classrooms or larger groups? Is food important to you, do they have a good selection in the cafeteria? What does the school stand for or believe in? What is the programs involved that you would like to participate in? Where is the school located and what is around it?

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Rebecca’s Answer

You never fully know until you try it unfortunately. I do recommend visiting and touring as you'll get a good sense of what it may be like to go to school there and if you get a sense of home while walking around. Also looking online at what other students have to say about that school is another good insight to gather more information. I also would suggest looking into the statistics of how many people dorm and commute (if you're planning on dorming, you might not enjoy making friends that are always home at night and on the weekends).

Once you have made your decision I would then try and engage with other admitted students to familiarize yourself.

Best of luck!
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