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How do i know if the college im going to is right for me?

What if the college I'm going to has programs and classes that will benefit me, but doesn't have what I need for my future?
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Jacob’s Answer

Hi, Chanvichheka,

It's nice to hear from you again! The uncertainty you are feeling right now is not uncommon. I felt the same way during my first year or so of college. Your question is broad, so I am going to make some assumptions and list a few questions I have that you might consider.

1) What do you mean that the school doesn't have what you need for your future? Do you mean that it doesn't offer a program you are set on pursuing? If that's the case, is there something similar at your school that can provide the same career prospects?

2) Are you concerned about your school's alumni network or the graduation rate for students in the program in which you are currently enrolled? Do your program's statistics for post-graduate employment look less than promising?

3) Are you worried that you won't have internship opportunities at your current school?

There are a lot of factors to consider when you thinking through whether you are in the right place. I would recommend seeking advice from your professors and administrators at your college. Transferring to a different school can be a messy process if it isn't planned well. Thoroughly research anywhere else you are considering and try to do anything you can (whether it is through research or practical experience) to determine if a different program/major is actually something that is going to get you where you want to be in the future.

You are the master of your college experience. If, after considering all of the options, doing research, and seeking advice from professors/counselors at your school, you think that a change is necessary - then make it happen. You are the only one who can truly say whether you are in the right place. If you can provide some additional details about why you think your current school won't set you up for success in the future, I'm happy to reassess my answer and try to give you some more concrete advice. I linked an article below that I think might help you brainstorm factors to consider if you are thinking about transferring.

I hope this helps. Don't hesitate to reach out.

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Rachel’s Answer

The best way to find out if your chosen college is good for you is to get started. Take your classes, do well in them (or not), and then reassess. If you see that people years ahead of you are getting into their desired careers on the path that you are on, then you can just continue on that path. If you struggle or find that people ahead of you are struggling, there is always time to make adjustments.

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Richard’s Answer

Some questions to consider:

1) do they have the major you want?
2) will be happy? Does the social situation fit your personality?
3) Does it fit your financial situation?
4) do they have clubs that fit your interest?
5) Do they have resources to get you summer internships and eventually a job or graduate school
6) look for desirable locations. You may end up living in the city in which you attend college.