April 3, 2009 11:54 PM
well word on the street is that it's time of the year again
oh april. the month of college making decisions. I remember two years ago I was in such a dilemma choosing which school to spend the rest four year of my life at. Like many of my friends, I had applied to most the UC's and after a long, agonizing deliberation I finally narrowed my choice down to two: UC Berkeley or UCLA. Obviously, I chose the former and am quite content with the outcome :). However, there was no way of telling this and needless to say, it was a tough decision to make. I ended up choosing my fate literally the night before SIRs were due!
If you're in the same position as I was, I can advise you to do a few things:
1) make a pro con list of the colleges you are considering attending, and support them with logical backing. Sounds like a simple tip, i know, but you'd be surprised at how much it helps to organize your thoughts. Doing this will help prioritize your options with sound reasoning, making the decision easier :)
2) visit! By all means, if you have the opportunity to see the venue of your education for the next four years, why would you give it up?! You never know...things like weather, campus aesthetics, food, student programs just might make or break your decision.
3) Talk it over with people. Ask friends who are in the college how they like their experience. Ask them about dorm life, food, academics, and extracirriculars they are involved in. You won't be able to experience the "real deal" of college life is like unless you yourself are a student trying it out. Regardless, you can still get a good picture of some aspects by asking friends who are experiencing the college life themselves. You'd be surprised at who's willing to help out you out in making such an important decision:)
take care and good luck future freshmen!
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