Your College Decision Is YOUR Decision, No One Else's
Start writing a post
Student Life

Your College Decision Is YOUR Decision, No One Else's

College is hard. Choosing which one to go to is even harder.

Your College Decision Is YOUR Decision, No One Else's

About four years ago, I was attending orientation at the college I was convinced was going to be my home for the next four years. After all of the orientation festivities had taken place, we were sent off to a dorm room for the remainder of the night. As I got ready for bed, it occurred to me that this school was definitely NOT where I wanted to call home the following semester. I immediately texted my mom and although she wasn't too thrilled seeing as we had already paid the dorm deposit, she went along with my decision.

The next day I applied to the college in my hometown and was accepted a week later. It was no U of I but it would suffice. However, a year later I found myself taking the first of many pictures in front of Alma as I prepared to start my sophomore year at the University of Illinois.

Look, it's my first picture with Alma!

When I tell you going to this school is the best decision I have ever made, I am not exaggerating. I have made countless friends, countless memories, lost countless dollars, and gained countless pounds. After changing my major four times (can you tell I am horrible at making decisions?) I finally found something I love. And while school is definitely my number one priority, there have been many occasions where I have stayed up until 4:30 a.m. hanging out with friends instead of studying for an exam that was the next day.

Sorry, mom and dad, it happens.

The friends you surround yourself with can make or break your college experience and luckily I have been blessed with so many wonderful people that make each day better than the last. As National Decision day approaches (May 1), take some time to think about what is most important to you when it comes to your future home. It's YOU that will be spending 9/12 months living there. Not your mom, not your dad, and not your siblings. Good luck and maybe I'll see you on campus next semester!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments