Great question! I remember the daunting feeling of college selection process time. One thing to keep in mind is what you would be interested in studying - business, engineering, fine arts, etc.? I think that will be helpful when first narrowing down your search. In addition, you need to determine what type of school you would prefer and in what setting. Do you want a large university, or a small community college? Would you prefer to be right in the heart of the city, or suburbs? Often deciding too if you want to stay close to home or venture further away can play a part. If you prefer warmer or colder climates can also play a factor! You should also consider cost when thinking of schools - how will you be paying - loans, scholarships, etc.? There are some great financial aid resources available to you. I know it sounds cliche, but I was able to chose my school when I visited the campus and got to talk to the students and even sit in for a lecture. I just had that feeling that this is where I wanted to be for 4 years, and I had the best time! It's important to make sure the student body, dorms, and food is something you enjoy, since you'll be there for quite some time!
Marissa recommends the following next steps:
- Visit FAFSA to explore financial options: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa.