10 Things You Actually Want, And Need, To Consider When Picking A College

10 Things You Actually Want, And Need, To Consider When Picking A College

There is so much that can change your whole college experience, make sure to think about everything!
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1. Visit the school in two separate aspects.

It is so important you see the schools' campus and get the overall feeling as well as go out and experience what weekends are like there. Leave no room for surprise when you come to campus to start!

2. Look at the students while you visit

Look around and notice the students who currently attend the university. Do the people you see appear like people you think you would get along with? Make sure to observe your surroundings!

3. Do you want a school with a heavy Greek Life?

This is HUGE! It is so important to think about how much you want greek life to affect your college career. If you don't plan on rushing, you are probably better off going to a school with not such a huge emphasize on sororties and fraternities.

4. How big do you want your school?

Make sure you think about this in the aspect of number of students and the actual size of the campus. Some people fit better in a school that has only a couple thousand, while others thrive at a huge campus. Do you want to walk 20 minutes to class or would you prefer a smaller campus? These are all questions you must ask yourself.

5. Warm or cold?

If you plan on going to school in the Midwest but know you won’t leave your dorm if its below freezing, you should probably reevaluate your decision. If you are not able to handle the cold – go somewhere warm! You will thank yourself when the winter months come around. If you love the cold and don't mind bundling up in Uggs, parkas, hats, gloves and many more layers then don’t let the weather stop you from your decision!

6. Do you want to go to a school where you will know people?

Some people find it comforting to go to a school where they know a lot of their friends are going to as well, or know people currently attending. If you get homesick easily, it is nice to see a familiar face to make you feel more comfortable. However, some people graduate high school and want to run and never look back! Whatever you would prefer, make sure your school reflects that decision.

7. Is your major good there?

If you are going into college knowing what you are going to study, check to see how your major is ranked at your school! If you did not get direct admit to the specific major, think about the likelihood of getting in while applying again, in a year or so. If you do not think you will be able to transfer into the major after you finish a year or two at the school, it is best to look at other options.

8. Plane ride or Car ride away?

This makes all the difference in the world!!! If you are a plane ride away, it is way harder to go home for random weekends, even holidays! Being a car ride away from your home ensures that you will be able to get home and back to school at any given time. Your family will also be able to visit more often if they just must hop in the car for a few hours instead of book plane tickets. If you can go without random weekends back home, then you should be fine being so far away.

9. Freshman Dorms

This may seem weird, but the location of freshman dorms can change so much! Overall, it probably will not impact your whole experience it can affect things from time to time. If your dorms are all so spread out, it will be harder to hang out with your new friends whenever you want. Also, the actual dorm itself is important! Make sure you try and get the dorm of your choice, if not, it is not the end of the world!

10. Will you have to stay there in the summer?

Some schools allow a student to stay the summer to receive in state tuition the following year. If you are interested in a school that allows this, and you know your parents will make you do so – really consider if you would be okay with that. If you are fine with limited access to your home for a year, then you should be okay. However, if you know that you will hate seeing all your high school friends return home for the summer without you, maybe you should check out other schools.

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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

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The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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42 Fall Activities To Add To Your #PSBL (Pumpkin Spice Bucket List)​

Fall who? Fall is here and here to stay.

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It's easy to get caught up in the fast passed ways of life when things get thrown at us. We get into a routine, create a usual schedule and go from there. Our days are spent waking up, working or going to school, coming home, dreading to finish whatever didn't get done that day, and sleeping what little time we have left only to repeat it all over again.

We always (at least I know I do) complain about not having enough time in a day or not doing anything that's life thrilling, yet very few of us do anything about it.

I feel like any day or any time is as good as any to start new habits and new lifestyles. There's never enough time in a day to do anything, but we're the ones that get to decide what we do with our time.

With that being said, to keep the fall spirits going, I decided to compile a fall-themed bucket list. Basically, here is a grand list of all things fall-worthy that can put you into the festival spirit. Do with it what you wish, of course, most plans are better spent with friends, but always acceptable to do things alone in your own time with your own love.

1. Go to a pumpkin patch.

2. Go apple picking.

3. Visit a corn maze.

4. Carve pumpkins.

5. Roast pumpkin seeds.

6. Bake a pie... or three.

7. Go apple bobbing.

8. Have a scary movie marathon.

9. Jump in a pile of leaves.

10. Do a fall photoshoot outside.

11. Go on a morning hike.

12. Buy new fall-scented candles and décor.

13. Make pumpkin bread, banana bread, or zucchini bread (any kind of bread, basically).

14. Eat candy corn.

15. Make caramel apples.

16. Have a family or friend game night.

17. Go to a haunted house.

18. Make a Halloween costume.

19. Eat corn on the cob.

20. Go camping (even if it's just in your backyard).

21. Try out new festive coffee flavors.

22. Visit a state or festival fair.

23. Finish a whole puzzle.

24. Make leaf-shaped sugar cookies.

25. Create a fall scrapbook of all your fall memories.

26. Make a scarecrow.

27. Attempt to make as many pumpkin flavored recipes as you can.

28. Visit a chocolate factory.

29. Get a new fall wardrobe.

30. Home make a scarf.

31. Go to a football game.

31. Paint pumpkins.

32. Make homemade apple cider.

33. Read a scary book.

34. Go on a hayride or tractor ride.

35. Have a campfire and roast marshmallows.

36. Make your own pumpkin spice latte.

37. Make a fall-themed wreath for your front door or room.

38. Take a family holiday photo (or a "family" photo with your roommates!).

39. Buy your favorite Halloween candy.

40. Collect pinecones and make peanut butter bird feeders.

41. Have a complete self-care and self-love night.

42. ENJOY yourself this fall and remember to take time for the things you want to do!

Alas, the end of another (hopeful) bucket list that we all have desires to finish! Fall is always busy, with going back to school and trying to find a routine again. Sometimes our moods tend to fall because of the gloomy weather and darker days.

It's extra important to make sure you take extra time to take care of yourself today and every day. No matter how old you are and how old you feel, you're never too old to go out and have fun! I challenge you to do at least 10 things on this list, if not all of them.

Happy fall! Happy leaves! Happy colder weather!

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