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Question How should I choose my college? - October 31st 2010, 04:10 AM

Ive narrowed down my college search to 5 colleges, 2 of which are at the top of the list, fighting for a spot on #1. i cant decided between the two. one is a great school... its just the right distance away from home and itll give me the college experience and education i want. the problem is that it is a giant camous, alomst 50,000 students, and that scares me. im afriad i wont fit in, and i wont meet people. but i really want that opportunity to grow and meet new people to hang out with. on the other hand, college #2, i KNOW ill know people who go there, and a lot of my friends are going there next year. BUT, it wont give me that college experience i want, and i really dont want to be completely surrounded by people i know. i want a fresh start... a clean slate. should i choose a safe college with all of my friends, or take a risk??????
   
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Re: How should I choose my college? - October 31st 2010, 04:24 AM

I say take the risk.

I go to a campus with 40,000+ students and I've been able to meet people/get involved just fine. It's a huge amount of people, but you can definitely still have that rounded college experience. Plus most of the time, all 50,000 won't be on campus and it'll have a "small" campus feel.
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Re: How should I choose my college? - October 31st 2010, 10:44 PM

I also say take the risk. If you're not the type who jumps in and makes friends easily, then you'll have the same difficulty in a small school if you're among strangers. Your second option means you'd be entering with friends, but keep in mind that you'll all be taking different classes, meeting different people, heading toward different goals, and so you can't guarantee that you'll all stick together as tightly as you did in high school.

If the bigger school is going to give you the experience you want, and you choose the smaller school because it's "safe" in terms of friendships, you will regret it. You'll always wonder what it would have been like to attend the bigger school.

Besides, you said it yourself, you want a fresh start. You won't get that surrounded by the same people you've known for the last 4+ years.


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Re: How should I choose my college? - November 7th 2010, 04:49 PM

I'd say take the risk. My college is big, but you can make it small by joining different groups, and hanging out with people in your dorm or your major.
   
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