How do I decide?? A guide to finding the right college for you

       By: Alex Mintz 

   College is a difficult decision for all of us. For some people, it may be easy since they have already decided. Others, not so much. That’s okay though! It may be a difficult choosing a college since there are many options to choose from. Not to mention, there is also the question of “what you want to be when you grow up” which means choosing a major for your future career. There are some aspects that may help with deciding a college.

Your interests

            College is all about finding something that will lead into a future career. This means that you can select a major. However, do not let this scare you. You can always change a major if it does not feel right. Some people have changed their major at least five times in order to find what they are passionate about. Finding the right college will support the needs of the degree that you are looking for. So, the future college that you may be looking at may not have the degree that you want. It is okay though because there are other colleges that you never thought of going to that may be the perfect choice for you.

Out-of-state or in state?

            Another aspect is a would you rather question. Would you rather: stay close to home or go the distance? It all depends on who you are as a person. If you go out-of-state, you may feel homesick because you will not be able to spend time with your family and friends. They will live miles away from you depending on which out-of-state college you plan on going. If you stay close to home, you get to spend time with your friends and family. Again, you may not be able to see them depending on your schedule and what college you are at. Depending on what type of person you are one of these may apply to you. Allow yourself to think about if you want to spend more time with your family and friends or if you want to travel somewhere else.

            Finance

Finances are a major aspect when deciding for a college. Colleges all have different prices for the different opportunities that are offered at the school. Not only do you have to pay for tuition, but you also have to pay for the books, housing, food plans, etc. That is a lot of stuff to pay for. Another aspect is out-of-state and state residents. According to U.S News, the average tuition out-of-state is $26,809 while the in-state is $11,171. This is only the average. Fear not, there are scholarships. There are many scholarships that you can find in order to pay off these debts. Some schools have a website that shows the different scholarships that will apply for the school you are looking at. No matter the price of the scholarships, the more scholarships you earn then the more money you will be able to get.

In Conclusion

            College is a bit difficult to choose. However, these aspects will help you narrow your decision down. If these do not help you, talk to a parent, teacher, or friend for help. College is all about your interests. You should be able to decide on what major you want to be even if you change your major five times. College also depends on where you go whether out-of-state or in state and financial. Everything should be decided by you.