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Is it more worth it to be happy for four years at a college you really enjoy but doesn't have the major you want, or settle for four years at a college that has the major you want and be happy for the rest of your life?

I'm struggling a whole lot with choosing a college! I'm in love with Clemson University, but it doesn't have marine biology. The University of South Carolina has marine biology, but I'm not in love with the school. college general marine-biology life-coach


It'd be a lot better for you to go to a college that has the major you want instead of just going to a college to have a nice four years. I was having the same thought. I remembered that I'd rather enjoy the rest of my life after college instead of enjoy four years of college and not the rest of your life. Imani P.

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Cathleen’s Answer

Hi Megan,


Have you looked at other schools with Marine Biology programs?


All the best

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Simon’s Answer

Wow you are getting some good advise here. Don't forget that you are going to university to get trained for a career. Having fun is nice but not at the expense of getting the proper training. I lived in Charleston and went the collect at the college of Charleston and the Citadel and have friends that went to both USC and Clemson. When we talked about their schools they each liked where they went. Both schools are excellent. I would steer towards the school with your field of interest. This will also help you secure the job that you desire. Gamecocks over Tigers this time. Good luck study hard and swim safely with the sharks!!!!

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Kristi’s Answer

Hi Megan... Roll Tide...lol
The purpose of college is to get a degree so you definitely need to go to a school that offers your major. Maybe go to Clemson for your prerequisite courses and transfer to another school to attain your degree. Just make sure that you only take classes that will transfer as not to waste time and money. I don't know too many people that complain about their college experience. You'll have a great time at any college that has student life activities and sports. Good luck on your search!

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Keith’s Answer

Much of this may depend on what you specifically like or don't like about each school, and what program you would choose as an alternative to marine biology. When I was in high school, I thought a lot about which university I would like to attend. At the time one of my teachers advised me that "Colleges are like pie. They're all pretty good." In retrospect, I think he was correct, at least among schools that are generally similar--i.e., similar size, selectivity, demographics, etc.

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