Dedicated - Determined - Sports Minded Professional
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Short answer. List your personal traits and characteristics and this will help you determine which college is best for you.
Long answer. There are a lot of variables people don't consider. Are you a person who likes to be close to family? Then picking a college 1,000 miles away probably isn't a good choice. Do you like small classes? Then a larger school probably won't interest you?
When I first went to college, I picked a school 1100 miles away from home. Being so far away from home, I got in to the party scene and didn't have the normal supporting cast to help me stay balanced. In one year, I was asked not to return to school in my preferred major because my GPA dropped below the minimum required for the major. It cost me, what I perceived to be a good future.
Fast forward 5 years later, when I went back to college. I picked a school only 30 minutes from my family, but stayed on campus. I surrounded myself with good people, and while I still found time to 'party', I was aware of myself and was dedicated to graduating. When necessary, I would go home, see my family, and remove myself from certain temptations. It allowed me to refocus, recenter, and develop excellent habits.
This professional recommends the following next steps:
- Recognize who you are and what makes you tick.
- Make a list of colleges you'd like to attend.
- Shorten your list to the top 5, and send out applications , list your choices in order of preference, and be ready to make your final decision once you receive acceptance letters