Now You Get to Decide

Congratulations on the college acceptances Seniors! As the last letters roll in and stress fades away excitement can begin to settle in. Finally you get to make some decisions rather than wait for decisions. But there is still time, the universal enrollment deadline is May 1st. So celebrate and then take some time to consider all of the factors.
The most important thing to keep in mind is your own happiness. Happiness won’t necessarily occur at the  nicest, cheapest, or highest ranked college. You have to be motivated to succeed and this wont happen if you’re unhappy.
Go visit the schools that you are considering. See if you can stay overnight on campus or sit in on a class. Remember that the school you choose will be your home for the next four years so check out the nearby town, research the whether, and picture yourself walking down the street.
Check out websites that provide student reviews. and are both great sites that have a lot of information. The reviews can give you a lot of insight. Imagine going to school with the people described in and writing the posts.
Be realistic about finances. Read all of small text in the financial aid packages. Pay attention to the percentage of each package that comes from loans and make a chart that directly compares your options. It may be worth it to pay a bit more for a better school. Then again, it may not. It all depends on your family’s situation, the schools, you, and what you want for your future.
Discuss it with your parents and friends. Be honest about what you want and realistic about your options.
Have a good time making the decision! This is the fun part. Good luck seniors.


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