Top 7 Mistakes to Avoid when Trying to Choose a College

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Choosing a college can indeed be difficult, but the right school for you can be a major proponent of success in your classwork and overall enjoyment of your college years.  Today’s tips have to do with methods to NOT use when selecting a college!

  1. Mom And Dad Want (Or Don’t Want) Me To

Just because your Dad, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, and his father went to the school (oh yeah, your Great Grandfather’s Grandfather was a founding board member also…), doesn’t mean that The School is right for YOU!  It isn’t necessarily wrong to honor and enjoy legacy, but be sure to choose the school that fits you and your future career goals best!

On the flip side, choosing a specific school because your parents don’t want you to go there is also not a good reason… you are going to College, not Middle School.

  1. Neglecting To Visit The School

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Visiting schools is extremely important.  College is so much more than classes.  You will want to get a feel for campus and the student body.  Go and check out the school to see if you will thrive in the environments and enjoy the resources on campus.

  1. Sports Teams Only

College athletics can be an excellent way to enjoy the school.  Whether playing or watching, many good times are available through sports in college.  But, don’t forget about your schoolwork all together!  Plus clubs and other extracurricular activities may be more important to you than sports.

  1. Location Only

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Like sports only, choosing a college only based off of location is not a great plan.  Yeah OK, you love snow skiing and you want to go to Colorado University.  But, you currently live in Mississippi; consider the plane ticket or long drive home every holiday or summer before you go packing your gloves and ski pants.

  1. Cost Only

Cost is a very important aspect of choosing a school.  Often times, students do not put enough time into considering cost.  But, to consider cost only may be a grave mistake.  Choosing the most expensive school thinking it is the best or the cheapest school to save money will truly limit you in all of your many options.

  1. Following Suzy Or Johnny Q. If Everyone Jumps Off A Bridge

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Yeah, Suzy or Johnny may be SUPER CUTE!! But, again, College not Middle School.  Choose a school that fits your future goals and your personal desires for your time in college.  Plus, you know what they say, ‘there are always more Suzies and Johnnies in the college sea…’  Something like that at least…

  1. Neglecting Necessary Due Diligence

This may be the top mistake of all students.  Students just do not put enough time into choosing a school.  Consider many different schools at first even if you don’t apply there.  Look into campus life, clubs available, majors offered, and all other aspects of the school before writing one off or even selecting another.  Be confident about your selection so that you can be confident from the first day of class until graduation day.

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