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How do I get into a college that is beneficial for me?

I want to go to a college that is academically exceptional of course, but I also want to make sure to focus on my mental health. How can I look for and find colleges that align with my needs for good self help resources and good education?

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Vini Aisya’s Answer

Hi Minta, I'm delighted to provide some guidance for you.

Choosing the right educational path involves several steps. First, consider your passions and talents. If academics is your calling, start by identifying subjects you enjoy. For instance, if you love cooking, there are many career paths you could take such as becoming a chef, a food blogger, or even a nutritionist in an academic setting.

Next, once you've identified your interests and talents, start exploring various universities or colleges that align with your aspirations. Remember, pursuing something you're passionate about will make the journey less stressful and more enjoyable. However, if you ever feel overwhelmed, seek out universities or colleges that offer student health services. Alternatively, you could also consider cities or regions that have robust mental health support systems.

Finally, always stay curious and critical in your academic pursuits. Engage in campus activities, connect with professors, and join study groups. This will not only enhance your learning experience but also expand your network. Remember, it's okay to ask for help from professionals or your parents. Keep pushing forward and stay motivated. I hope this advice is helpful.
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Andrew’s Answer

To choose a college that is “beneficial” to you is a matter of cost-benefit analysis based on your objective circumstances. The key question is what you want to get out of your college education after considering factors such as academic, financial, cultural, geographical, and mental health.

For example, an academically exceptional college may be highly selective in admission requirement. Achievement pressure may also be high in such an environment. Hence, if you are worrying about your mental health, you should think carefully about such a choice.

Furthermore, you will get out what you put in on your academic journey. Of course, you should pick a college that is accredited and with sound academic programs, especially the program that you are interested in. You should receive an education that is “beneficial” to your future career pursuit.
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Charly’s Answer

Hi! Good morning! Check what you love to do, your talents (be honest to your self) seek for orientation in your school, improve your mental health by a professional (very important) be open to suggestions, go for it! good luck!
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Sanja’s Answer

Be honest with yourself. Look for a degree that will allow you to have a job that you really enjoy. Do a research, ask questions. Take orientations at different colleges and see what's best and suitable for you. Pick a major and if you need to switch later, do that as well!
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anissia’s Answer

Hey Minta :)

Mental health was extremely important to me also when I was going to college. Most colleges have mental health resources (counseling, behavioral, on call, groups, etc) that are accessible to students through their insurance which is included in their tuition. Ever since COVID, colleges throughout the US have made it a mission to put more effort into expanding their mental health services to their students in order to support their population needs. To find out if a college has a counseling center you just google search the school along with counseling (example: University of Kentucky Counseling or NYU counseling) and information will pop up through the school website of the services they provide.

Along with looking for a school with a good education, first you want to think about what your goals/ambitions are, and from there research degrees in that field that interest you. You can search your interest as a degree "________ degree" and many schools will pop up with what you are looking for. Once you find a couple schools you are interested in, if you go to, "https://www.niche.com/colleges/compare/" you can compare up to four schools side by side to see what their credentials look next to each other.


I hope this helps out! Good Luck :)
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PwC’s Answer

Engage in conversations with existing students! They serve as the most reliable depiction of the college's atmosphere and the knowledge it can impart to you. Additionally, explore the university's website to discover the employment destinations of graduates.
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Paul’s Answer

Hello Minta,

Choosing the right college is a crucial step in shaping your future. A college that aligns with your academic aspirations, particularly one that offers a strong program in your chosen major, can be a significant asset.

If you are going to consider colleges outside your home state, it will be important to conduct thorough research. You should look into universities that not only offer your major but also have a well-regarded program in that field.

Similarly, if you prefer to stay closer to home, make sure you explore universities within your state that offer your major and have a reputable program in that area.

I hope this guidance proves beneficial in your college search journey!
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Molly’s Answer

Hello Minta!

Excellent question! The simple answer: Focus on yourself and do some background sleuthing based off of the colleges and universities that you are debating applying to. The #1 sole thing that I focused on when I was applying for colleges was the distance from my home. I am very close to my family and friends, and originally I did not know anyone going to school with me. I attended the University of Arkansas, about four and a half- five hours from my home in Texas. Because of that, I focused on how far the commute was from there to my home, in case I wanted to head home for the weekend. As well, I looked at extracurricular activities and events surrounding the university in order to meet new friends, and even apply myself for volunteering purposes. After looking at those suggestions, I focused on what major/ area of study I wanted to focus myself in. It just so happened that I wanted to major in business, and the U of A had and still has one of the highest performed and recommended business programs in the nation. Therefore, that persuaded me even more to attend.

The #1 answer though would be to research prior, and focus on yourself. The options that you have listed, you should ask yourself if you can see you going to that college and enjoying yourself. If not, cancel out that option and move down the list until you come to a conclusion.

I hope this helped, and good luck in your future endeavors!

Thank you
Molly H.
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