April 3, 2009 10:19 PM
So everyone here at Cal is pretty much submerged in piles of study materials for the second round of midterms. While we're stressing about exams and papers, high school seniors are probably stressing about which college to go to. Here are some things to take into consideration:
1. Remember that it is your choice
Wherever you choose to go, you're basically going to be there for 4 years. You're going to be away from your family, most of your friends, and the comforts of home. That said, choose somewhere you want to go. While your parents may have your best interests in mind, you don't want to be totally unhappy attending a college that you were forced to go to.
2. Check out the programs
I'm pretty sure most high school seniors have already checked out the programs each college has to offer. If you want to be a science major, attend to a college that has a strong science department, not one that's known for law.
3. The campus
While academics may outweigh the importance of the campus, I personally think that you really need to have some kind of initial attraction to your future college campus. One of the reasons I chose Berkeley was because I loved how there were so many trees on campus.
4. Don't be intimidated by reputations
I had a few friends who opted to go for UCLA over Berkeley because they were afraid of how competitive Berkeley is. Even if the courses are tough, there are so many resources available to help you: professors' office hours, graduate student instructor (GSIs), study groups, etc.
I'm pretty sure most people checked out the majors before selecting which colleges to apply to. I think it would be helpful to check out the requirements of the majors, too. This will give you a general sense of how your college semesters will pan out. Some majors have more flexibility with upper division electives, while other majors have a very strict set curriculum.
Do you like the region where the college is? Would you mind plowing through snow to get to an 8 am class? How far are you going to be from home?
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