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Question Picking a College? - August 31st 2010, 04:09 PM

I've just started my junior year of high school, but I'm terribly overwhelmed. So I've got some questions.

How did you end up picking the college you attend??
Did you stay near home? Why? Do you regret it?
Small colleges vs larger ones?

This is totally broad and I'm sure I could come up with a million more questions but.. yeah.. thanks?

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Re: Picking a College? - August 31st 2010, 04:31 PM

I'm not entirely used to the American system but isn't Junior year a bit early to be picking colleges?

Anyway, first and foremost comes the course. That is the main deciding factor - only after you have picked the course do you look at different colleges, since each college has strong and weak departments.

When it comes to big vs small colleges, close vs far away, it's a very personal choice. Larger and more prestigious establishments tend to have better facilities, but their lecturers have a reputation for being more distant and less helpful - again it's hardly a rule. Don't pick a college very close to home because you feel anxious about leaving home, but then again transportation can get expensive!
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Re: Picking a College? - August 31st 2010, 04:45 PM

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I'm not entirely used to the American system but isn't Junior year a bit early to be picking colleges?
Here they tell us to start looking in our junior year because most of accptances come around January of our senor year so we know where we're going before we graduate so she has about a good year before she has to apply.

Anyway, College is a very personal choice. It depends on a lot of things including finances and major. If you're majoring in something specific you'll have to go to a school that you know offers it. If you want something more general (psychology, communications, etc) then it isn't really an issue. The first half of college is basically the same no matter where you go anyway.

For myself I went away to a big school and decided after 2 days that it just wasn't right. I ended up moving home and went to community college for 2 years then transfered to a small school 10 minutes from home. Location and school size are also personal choice, I prefer a small school, but that's just me. I don't regret moving home at all because for me it was the right decision. There's a good chance I'll end up back at the original school for grad school next year.

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