Choosing a college

Ruby Rosenberg is a freshman at Boston University (subject to change) in Boston Massachusetts and grew up in Oakland California. Her major is film but she is also interested in a lot of other subjects such as journalism and political science. Ruby was an honor role student in high school and won awards in film and journalism such as Honorable Mention in the 2015 White House Film Festival and was a PBS Student All Star in 2014.

As a senior high school student, the pool of colleges that are available to you look like a never ending ocean. There are so many to choose from that it can be quite daunting as to where you should decide where to apply. However, it is much easier than it seems. When I was first starting to think about what colleges I would apply to, I had a few basic requirements like whether they had my preferred major, whether they were located in a city, and if they had a high student population. These factors still leave a pretty large list of colleges, but the main idea is that it was a start. As you start getting more and more into the details of colleges, you’ll start finding ones that are more and more personalized to you. The only thing is to know what to look for. Once you have your basic list of essentials, you can start narrowing your search by looking at certain things some schools offer that others don’t like studying abroad or the amount of clubs and activities the college provides. It can be hard to determine what things you may want from a college and what you don’t, but if you’re ever unsure, further research into these types of programs will help you understand whether they are for you or not.
One factor some students forget to think about is the importance of how they would like to live for the next four years. Academics are important, but the truth is that most colleges will prepare you academically for whatever you want to do in life. Though the IV’s have a high esteem, there are colleges you have never heard of in your life that are just as able to give you a proper education. The thing to think about is just like real estate- location, location, location. You want to be able to live an environment that you’ll be happiest in, whether that be urban or rural or otherwise, and that may not necessarily mean the environment you live in right now, but it does mean doing research of the areas you could want to live in and seeing whether or not it would be a good fit for you. For me, knowing that I would be happy in a certain environment also meant that it had to be an area with good food. I would die if I was not near an area with a diverse selection of food, just die, no kidding. But this may not be for everyone. Maybe food isn’t your thing, but you like to hike, or rock climb, or swim in the ocean. These are things to think about in terms of what type of environment you want to live in.
Now, these are things to keep in mind when getting started on what colleges you’re applying to. What this isn’t is a list of colleges you’ll have to go to, so in this time don’t worry about applying to a college you’re not sure about. You want to give yourself a good amount of options to choose from when you start having to make the big decision, but that doesn’t mean each one has to be the college of your dreams. So for now, have fun shopping around for colleges you’re interested in, and don’t stress!


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