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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15 Things Only Lake People Will Understand

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.
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The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people. Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look. Every year when summer rolls back around, you can't wait to fire up the boat and get back out there. Here is a list of things you can probably identify with as a fellow lake-goer.

1. A bad day at the lake is still better than a good day not at the lake.

It's your place of escape, where you can leave everything else behind and just enjoy the beautiful summer day. No matter what kind of week you had, being able to come and relax without having to worry about anything else is the best therapy there is. After all, there's nothing better than a day of hanging out in the hot sun, telling old funny stories and listening to your favorite music.

2. You know the best beaches and coves to go to.

Whether you want to just hang out and float or go walk around on a beach, you know the best spots. These often have to be based on the people you're with, given that some "party coves" can get a little too crazy for little kids on board. I still have vivid memories from when I was six that scared me when I saw the things drunk girls would do for beads.

3. You have no patience for the guy who can’t back his trailer into the water right.

When there's a long line of trucks waiting to dump their boats in the water, there's always that one clueless guy who can't get it right, and takes 5 attempts and holds up the line. No one likes that guy. One time my dad got so fed up with a guy who was taking too long that he actually got out of the car and asked this guy if he could just do it for him. So he got into the guy's car, threw it in reverse, and got it backed in on the first try. True story.

4. Doing the friendly wave to every boat you pass.

Similar to the "jeep wave," almost everyone waves to other boats passing by. It's just what you do, and is seen as a normal thing by everyone.

5. The cooler is always packed, mostly with beer.

Alcohol seems to be a big part of the lake experience, but other drinks are squeezed into the room remaining in the cooler for the kids, not to mention the wide assortment of chips and other foods in the snack bag.

6. Giving the idiot who goes 30 in a "No Wake

Zone" a piece of your mind.

There's nothing worse than floating in the water, all settled in and minding your business, when some idiot barrels through. Now your anchor is loose, and you're left jostled by the waves when it was nice and perfectly still before. This annoyance is typically answered by someone yelling some choice words to them that are probably accompanied by a middle finger in the air.

7. You have no problem with peeing in the water.

It's the lake, and some social expectations are a little different here, if not lowered quite a bit. When you have to go, you just go, and it's no big deal to anyone because they do it too.

8. You know the frustration of getting your anchor stuck.

The number of anchors you go through as a boat owner is likely a number that can be counted on two hands. Every once in a while, it gets stuck on something on the bottom of the lake, and the only way to fix the problem is to cut the rope, and you have to replace it.

9. Watching in awe at the bigger, better boats that pass by.

If you're the typical lake-goer, you likely might have an average sized boat that you're perfectly happy with. However, that doesn't mean you don't stop and stare at the fast boats that loudly speed by, or at the obnoxiously huge yachts that pass.

10. Knowing any swimsuit that you own with white in it is best left for the pool or the ocean.

You've learned this the hard way, coming back from a day in the water and seeing the flowers on your bathing suit that were once white, are now a nice brownish hue.

11. The momentary fear for your life as you get launched from the tube.

If the driver knows how to give you a good ride, or just wants to specifically throw you off, you know you're done when you're speeding up and heading straight for a big wave. Suddenly you're airborne, knowing you're about to completely wipe out, and you eat pure wake. Then you get back on and do it all again.

12. You're able to go to the restaurants by the water wearing minimal clothing.

One of the many nice things about the life at the lake is that everybody cares about everything a little less. Rolling up to the place wearing only your swimsuit, a cover-up and flip flops, you fit right in. After a long day when you're sunburned, a little buzzed, and hungry, you're served without any hesitation.

13. Having unexpected problems with your boat.

Every once in a while you're hit with technical difficulties, no matter what type of watercraft you have. This is one of the most annoying setbacks when you're looking forward to just having a carefree day on the water, but it's bound to happen. This is just one of the joys that come along with being a boat owner.

14. Having a name for your boat unique to you and your life.

One of the many interesting things that make up the lake culture is the fact that many people name their boats. They can range from basic to funny, but they are unique to each and every owner, and often have interesting and clever meanings behind them.

15. There's no better place you'd rather be in the summer.

Summer is your all-time favorite season, mostly because it's spent at the lake. Whether you're floating in the cool water under the sun, or taking a boat ride as the sun sets, you don't have a care in the world at that moment. The people that don't understand have probably never experienced it, but it's what keeps you coming back every year.


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10 Annoying Things That Always Happen In The Summer

Everyone is looking for a way to escape the heat.

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At first, it was too cold (because of global warming (yes, it's real!)), but now it's way too hot. Summer break is fun because it includes fun at the beach, hanging out with friends, and ice-cream, but it also brings along some cons.

1. Power outages happen at least once every week

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When everyone is using their air conditioner at the same time, it ain’t pretty. Power outages entail going back to medieval times with candles and NO AC.

2. Snapchat is filled with stickers showing the temperature

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Please stop posting about the temperature on Snapchat. We get it!! It’s hot!

3. Having to change twice in one day because you outsweated your first outfit

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I don’t know if this is TMI, but body sweat is a big no-no.

4. Getting into your car after it’s been sitting in the sun for a good hour

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If you own a car with black seats, you'll probably need aloe for all those burns on your back thighs.

5. Seeing your utilities bill at the end of month

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Ah, the pitfalls of instant gratification. Air conditioner, you are good but too expensive.

6. The weather is ALWAYS one of the topics of conversation

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Let’s stop this small talk about the weather. Yes, it’s hot, but talking about it won’t change anything!

7. Going to the beach results in sand EVERYWHERE

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Going to the beach is a double-edged sword. You get to play in the sun and have fun, but sand goes EVERYWHERE!!

8. Tan lines are no joke...sock tans, shorts tans, farmers tans, sandals tans

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Tan lines are literally the worst. Currently combating a Birkenstocks tan right now..

9. Insects are literally everywhere

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This is me if any bug comes near me. I know God created these bugs, but please just stay away from me!!

10. The smell of sunscreen hits you like a truck at the beach (or anywhere, for that matter)

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Don’t forget to apply your sunscreen, but remember to spray your sunscreen AWAY from other people. It’s not fun (nor safe) to inhale all that spray on sunscreen.

Summer break is fun and all, but is it really? Is it worth all the sweat, sand, tan lines, and insects?

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