What is the most important thing when looking for a college?
Choosing a college was never really hard for me to begin with. The key things for me when choosing a college are price, location, work-study opportunities, and being able to enjoy the campus. I had ideas of going to college out-of-state, but then I thought about the reality of college and what I’m actually going for. I decided that I wanted to be at a good college that’s not too far away from home, for now anyways. I’ve decided to go the University of Alaska Anchorage because it’s not too big or too small. There’s a good amount of Kayhi alumni attending, so I’ll be in a place with some familiar faces. A big plus for being an Alaska resident would definitely be the benefit of a cheaper tuition compared to out-of-state residents, and being able to have lots of opportunities for jobs on campus.
College… boi am I ready for it. Long nights of procrastination, no sleep, might as well spend the night at a nearby Starbucks. Now, when I say college the words money, books, debt and experiences pop into my brain. My brain isn’t that big according to “The Both of My Fists Combined Together Study”, so if you do the math… that’s a lot to take in. Right now the most important things that I look for in a college are whether they have a direct entry for nursing and of course how much financial aid they will provide. I don’t want to be a broke 22 year old after college, so I have to take price into consideration. It’s going to be an interesting journey if you ask me. Who knows… I might be on the other side of America or even in the middle of it. Life’s interesting that’s all I’m going to say. Ciao.
Location, classes and job placement. Location, I want a place that feels like home. I want to live in a community that feels small but still has everything I could ever need. Being a couple hours away from my grandparents is also important to me. Classes, I don’t want to pay thousands of dollars to take generals for two years. English 1010 isn’t going to help me become a successful engineer. I want a university that takes a hands on approach right out of the gate. Job placement, what’s the point of getting a degree if you can’t get a job. I want a university that will set me up for success. When I graduate with my Bachelors, I don’t want to have to go get my Master’s degree because I didn’t learn enough in the last four years to be employable.
100% the price. I’m not Elle Woods, filthy rich just paying for law school out of pocket, like no big deal. I’m your average middle-class American that is going to have to figure out their own way to pay for college. My goal is to take out the least amount of student loans as possible. That means I have to submit as many scholarships as possible, hoping to get a fraction of them. Like I said before, I am the typical, average, American citizen with the ethnicity of 100% Caucasian. I don’t have the upperhand here. But I know what I want: college. And I am committed to getting a post-secondary education in one form or another. I just don’t want to be in debt until I’m 50. Therefore, I am only applying to colleges that offer the WUE scholarship. I am required to take the same general ed classes my first year of college. The only difference of taking these classes at Harvard or at a WUE school is that I probably won’t be thousands of dollars in debt 15 years later.
Program of Study and homey-like campus. Nothing else. Those are the two things that will truly help me enjoy and complete my college experience and get my degree. Humans are supposed to adapt to any situation. I can adapt to any location or deal with any expensive college. Scholarships will help me deal with the financial side and location shouldn’t matter. If I got a place with a film program and a comfortable college experience, I AM DOWN! I am going to need a degree in order to get into the field because I’m not some child star like Neil Patrick Harris or Ben Affleck. I have to get an education and I might as well do it right. I want my college experience to be the best four-year educational experience of my life and I’m determined to make that true.