The College Decision Process

You've heard back from all of the colleges you applied to....now what?


It's hard to believe that just a few weeks ago I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of college admissions decisions, pleading with the universe to somehow speed up
mail and email delivery.

By now I have heard back from all of the colleges that I applied to and the subject of my attention has changed from "any new mail?" to "which college should I choose?" I am lucky to have many options, but there is so much to consider before I make my final decision. It's down to the wire now, less than a month until my deposit must be in.

The factors that I consider  most important in choosing my college are food options and journalism programs. It's as simple as this: while colleges are not normally known for having spectacular food choices, I eat gluten free so I am even more limited. If I have nothing to eat in the dining hall, how will I ever endure four years away from home? Furthermore, I plan to major in journalism so I hope to find exciting and informational classes that will prepare me for my future career.

These things however, could be found at many different types of schools. I need more to go on, such as school size, location and spirit. Would I be happiest in a small class of undergraduates or in a class of thousands? Would I prefer a city or town environment? Could I really imagine myself living and learning at this particular university?

I must admit that the task is daunting. I don't want to make the wrong decision. If I was truly unhappy I could always transfer, but I'd rather avoid the hassle if I could. The only thing left to do is to re-visit my favorite campuses and ask myself those difficult questions. I will be spending part of my spring break at a few admitted students days in hopes of making my choice easier. I've narrowed my list of choices considerably but its still a lot to think about.

It's funny how I couldn't wait to receive those letters in the mail this winter, and now I can't wait for that May 1st deadline. It seems I'm always counting down to
something on my calendar.

I'm looking forward to the end of June, especiallyprom and graduation. I'm very excited to enjoy the transitional period from the last four years of my life to the next. Summer 2012 can't come fast enough!

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adam tweedie April 07, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Btw, Thanks Mr White
KP Student April 09, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Great article Kelsey!
Kelsey Renz April 10, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Thanks KP Student!


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