The college application process is hard, but deciding which college you will go to can be even harder. With the many options available around, it is pretty much challenging to make up your mind, especially when you have family and friends who are trying to influence your choice. After all, you will spend a long time and a big part of your life in the college of your choice and to get through it successfully would not be so easy; so you need to have all the comfort, inspiration, support, and experience that you can get.
When deciding on a college, especially one that is far away from home, here are some factors to be considered.
- Curriculum and Career
College is all about stepping and in reaching your coveted career, which is why the curriculum offered in the school must be your top consideration. Make sure the school offers a curriculum structured so you can attain your dream career, with majors and minors that will be very helpful in that career. Identify what you want to study, something you are really interested in, and look up the reputation of a particular college in offering that education.
- Campus Life
You will spend most, if not all, your time in the campus and so it is important to find one where you can be very comfortable, but at the same time will challenge you to grow. The spirit and the atmosphere of the school will help you get motivated every day to pursue, do better at, and finish your studies. A college that promotes study-work-life balance is a good choice.
- Extra-Curricular Activities and Experiences
College can be exciting if you explore and participate in extracurricular activities and other experience. If done properly, this will not distract you from your studies but will help you avoid burning out doing all the academics. Check the offered activities and experiences of a college and see if there are some you are really interested in.
Unless you have a scholarship, coming from a rich family, or won’t mind drowning in student loan debt for the rest of your life; you need to be practical of your choice. Make sure you or your parents can afford the fees or something you know you can eventually manage. Remember that while quality education from expensive schools is truly gold, it is useless to graduate from there and live with debt all your life.
- Distance from Health and Rehab Facilities
This is especially important for those with grave medical conditions or for those are undergoing therapies and rehabilitation. If you want to study in Washington, make sure you have access to a reputable rehab facility in Washington state. Same as people who have medical conditions, make sure you are within driving distance from your trusted health institution.
Going to college would not be easy but it has the potential to change your life for the better. By making the right decisions today, you are setting yourself for a better and healthier future.