You’ve been accepted to four out of eight schools! You were wait-listed for one! You’re so excited! The hours spent sharpening Ticonderogas, bickering back and forth with your dad about your Common App essay topic, and waking up at the crack of dawn to take those dreaded SAT’s: it wasn’t all for nothing! It was for those BIG envelopes! It is REAL – before, college was just an idea, an anticipation – now, it is a real thing, you can feel it (literally, the envelope is tangible)!
But wait, now your mom’s work friend comes over for dinner and asks, “Have you made a decision yet?”
A decision? About what? Those acceptances? You mean, I actually have to…pick one?
AHHHH! Now what?
1. Make a pro/con list. (Seriously, do it.)
2. Consult with others. (Email that tour guide, participate in a shadow day, sign up for an overnight weekend, visit open house weekend – have all the information so you can make an informed decision!) (Marist Admissions)
3. How will your time at (insert school here) affect your life after college? How is the Career Services department? What are the qualifications and core classes required for graduation? (The Marist Core)
4. Picture yourself at each school you are considering: Can you see yourself studying at the library? Grabbing lunch at the dining hall?
5. Trust your gut! The hard part is over, you got in!
So, if you are feeling stressed out, suffering from a bad case of senioritis, don’t know what you want to do with your life, or where to spend the next four years, take a deep breath. If you are undecided on a major, choose a school that has various different options so you can change your mind and don’t have to change schools. Don’t worry about what other people think, or whether a school will sound good on a resume. Choose somewhere that will make you happy. Because in the end, that’s all that matters.
P.S. Don’t be shy! Have any tips of your own to tackle the college-decision process? Questions, comments, or concerns? Share them in the comment box below!