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Choosing the right college

Hub Hejna, Staff Writer

Finding the right college is a very stressful and important process for rising seniors. It’s time and thought-consuming, and is often piled on top of an already-packed school schedule. However, in order to make sure you are selecting a school that is right for you, it’s imperative that you make the effort to evaluate your options.
For me, the single-most beneficial aspect of my college search was the ability to visit schools and observe them in real life. I was fortunate enough to visit the west coast during spring break my junior year, and it led to the discovery of a small school called Colorado College that had not previously been high on my list. Upon exploring its close-knit campus, along with getting a feel for the setting and student population, I came to the conclusion that there was no other place I would rather spend my next four years.
The point? Get out there and look around. Evaluate your options and weigh the pros and cons of the top schools on your list. You never know how you’ll feel about a place until you’re there, and the most important tool at your disposal is your gut. Only you know what you want. Furthermore, I strongly recommend trying out the dining options, as well as looking into the availability of any hobbies that you might hold dear.
That is not to say that your college selection will define your next four years. The option to transfer is virtually always available, and if changes need to be made then by all means make them. The only way to know for sure is to experience the destination and decide how you truly feel.
Explore carefully and critically, relax, and understand that wherever you end up, college will be an exciting and rewarding period of your life–regardless of your path there.

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