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Lightbulb College? - August 3rd 2011, 03:36 AM

Hi.

As I'll be graduating in three years, I'm starting to look into colleges. I guess I'm kind of looking at them more now, because my mom's planning on going to college soon, and I realized that's it's never too early to be planning for it, especially seeing how expensive it's going to be.

I plan on working for the school next summer, and after I turn sixteen next fall, maybe getting a job on the weekends and after school as well, as I don't have a college fund yet and I don't want my parents paying for it completely when I go.

But I'm still kind of stumped as to what college to go to. There are so many to choose from! Does anyone have any suggestions?

I'd like to go to a college in a fair-sized city, preferably one that has a large gay community and a local music scene. I'm interested in education (teaching English grades 9-12) or criminology.

I'd talk to my school counsellors about this, but they all pressure me to go to school in my home state, which I do not want to do. I love my state, but none of the schools I've looked at here have a music scene -- besides bluegrass . Nor do they have anything near a gay community around here, and everyone pretty much hates what little of it there is.

So, suggestions, folks?


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Re: College? - August 3rd 2011, 03:53 AM

There are many ways to help you choose the best college for you. I used www.cappex.com a lot, a college and scholarship search, and it helped me SO much. Plus, it also helps you find scholarships, which it is never too early to look for. But the college search has you put the major you want, the area, the size of the school, all of the factors you were saying to me. It's a great idea to look!
If you are interested in education or criminology, I know one school you may be interested in. I grew up in the hometown of Northern Arizona University, which is a great university, and it's biggest major is education. It is located in Flagstaff, which has a great LGBTQ community (home of Pride in the Pines every year) and a fairly good music scene, where my boyfriend is in a jazz band and plays around town (unfortunately, he's moving to Boston, but he made some money playing around). So I would recommend it, not only because it's my home town, but it's a great school. For more information, you can look on this website: http://www.nau.edu/ I won't be going there, but I know a lot of people who went there (my parents) and who goes there (friends), and they love it.
Getting a job is a great idea as well, I didn't do that, and regret it very much.
You're very smart for looking this early. Wish you well!


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Re: College? - August 3rd 2011, 04:19 AM

Thanks, Coffee! That search site was exactly what I was looking for. And I'm looking around the NAU website. It sounds pretty cool so far.


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