Choosing the Right College for Your Nomad Lifestyle
Your college search doesn’t need to begin and end with the Ivy League and other name brand schools. There are a plethora of schools you can choose from – some of them might be more well-known than others, but they’re all worth looking into. Here’s a bit of advice regarding choosing a college that’ll work for you.
You Don’t Need a Major
In reality, only a few high school kids have the experience or information they need to be able to choose a major. You might not know, for example, what area of business you want to major in, just that you want to look into MBA programs in California. And that’s perfectly fine. You need the depth and variety of the coursework in college in order to figure out your aptitude and interests. Most people in college will change their minds a minimum of 2 times before they decide on a major, and still graduate in their allotted 4 years. Not being decided on a major can actually be a good thing because it leaves you a bit more open to a variety of academic experiences.
Before you can plan your spring break vacation to Mexico, you need to enroll in college. The thing is, you don’t need to go to a massive school if you don’t want to. Most of the good colleges that specialize in liberal arts have populations of less than 4,000. College is basically a time for you to explore, and this means that smaller communities can be more conducive to the exploration of the internal variety. It isn’t the number of people, but the actual people themselves and the type of community you will learn in that’s what truly matters.
Know the Who’s and Why’s
Before you begin your search for a college, you need to closely examine yourself and your reasons for pursuing higher education. Why will you be going and what are your strengths and abilities, as well as what are any weaknesses you might have? Do you want something intangible or tangible from life? Are you the type of person who’s self-sufficient socially or do you need that family support? As you’re asking these questions, talk with school counselors, friends, and your family. They know you best and will be able to assist you with finding the answers.
You Can Afford It
If you assume that you just can’t afford to go to college because of the tuition’s sticker price, you’ll be missing out. There are a myriad of ways to pay for college. It can be difficult to discuss money, but by checking out all of your options and asking for advice and help, you’ll find choices that are affordable. Financial aid workshops and online resources are available to help you get started. Financial aid at university and college websites also offer information and links that are useful. Ask for help and get started early.
Finally, once you’ve narrowed your choices down, you can visit the colleges and find out about the various events they have. You can determine who any of the guest speakers might be. You can also talk with current faculty and students on your campus visit. Check the school’s website to determine who your admissions officer is and send them an email asking about the possibility of getting in touch with some of the students who might be from your area or those with interests similar to yours. All of these things will assist you in determining which college will be a good fit for your goals, financial ability, and personality.
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