Applying to College: How to Expect the Unexpected
Start writing a post
Student Life

Applying to College: How to Expect the Unexpected

Taking the first steps towards deciding on the college for future you.

Applying to College: How to Expect the Unexpected

Tis the season of college applications. It is the season where you will experience a crash course on being an adult. Suddenly you are expected to make your own decisions, and massive ones at that, that you strongly believe determine the route of the entire remainder of your life. All of your friends are experiencing the same feeling of extreme pressure and it seems as though everyone around you is stressed out. You have this vague idea of how your life will unravel, an idea regarding your destiny that you must adhere to. Simultaneously, you feel more lost than you have ever been. Trust me, I was in your same position less than a year ago. You think that this time next year you will be a freshman in college who goes to bed earlier and wakes up earlier and has friends and goes to wild parties and maintains a high GPA and a job and you therefore will be an expert in life. You’re concerned with how much you’ll stick to “yourself.” You’re worried you are going to change too much, or maybe not enough. You are looking for a school that will align with your values, filled with people that are most like you.

But the truth is, this time next year, none of those things will matter because all of the change will prompt you to become a version of yourself that you never could have anticipated.

So how can you possibly plan for this new, unfamiliar version of yourself? To some extent, you must leave some decisions to fate. You’ll be surprised by how many decisions will actually already be made for you down the line.

When you are forming your list of colleges, it is important to figure out what kind of atmosphere you can see yourself happiest in. Don’t get caught up in the specifics. For me, I decided that because I am the kind of person that gets bored and tired easily, I would function best in the high energy environment that a fast-paced city would offer. I took the first step by limiting my college search to metropolitan areas with large schools.

Next, even if you feel as though you know exactly what you want to study and what you want to do with that knowledge, I would strongly encourage you to go into college with an undeclared major in the school of thought you are most interested in. Leave your options open as long as possible. You never know what might suddenly spark your interest, and I swear to you that this will happen. All it takes is a great professor and an intriguing topic to make you completely question your life decisions. Let it happen because this is just the absolute greatest thing.

Lastly, don’t choose a school based on it’s bells and whistles. It is crucial that you not let your mind get wrapped up in the little things like free Ubers, fancy dining halls, or residence halls that resemble hotels. In the end, none of that matters. What does matter is what opportunities the school could offer you and those superfluous things are probably just one of the school’s infinite ways to rope you in and take your money.

Ultimately, at this moment you are a lot more capable than you think you are. Stick with the values that you have at this exact second, not ones that you think you will or should adopt in college because there is so much change in store for you that those ideas will quickly float away.

The farther down the road you get, the easier it will be to see around the corner, so just take little steps one at a time and remember that you will be fine.

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

What If The U.N. Actually United The Nations?

This is me taking a break from being cynical and imagining how the world could be one day.


By now, people are probably sick of hearing me talk about myself, so I’m changing it up this week. In keeping with the subject of my J-Term class, I’m asking myself a political what-if question. What if we could create a sovereign global government firmly grounded in justice that could actually adjudicate Earth’s many disparate nation-states into one unified world government?

Keep Reading... Show less

100 Things I'd Rather Do Than Study

Procrastination Nation, unite.

Panda Whale
Here are 100 things I'd rather to than study. I know the semester just started, but

    1. Watch a movie
    2. Take a nap
    3. Have a dance party
    4. Eat ice cream
    5. Bake a cake
    6. Cry just a little bit
    7. Knit a blanket
    8. Learn to ride a bike
    9. Build a crib
    10. Watch a hockey game
    11. Watch any game
    12. Play with my hair
    13. Dye my hair
    14. Go grocery shopping
    15. Learn to crochet
    16. Do 50 jumping jacks
    17. Drive cross country
    18. Take a bubble bath
    19. Squeeze lemons for lemonade
    20. Sell the lemonade
    21. Make heart-shaped ice cubes
    22. Moisturize my knees
    23. Paint my nails
    24. Find the cure for cancer
    25. Run a marathon
    26. Just kidding, run down the hall
    27. Squat my bodyweight
    28. Eat my bodyweight in French fries
    29. Hibernate until Christmas
    30. Cuddle my body pillow (unless you have a boo)
    31. Think about all the work I’m not doing
    32. Wash my bed sheets
    33. Vacuum my apartment
    34. Play mini golf
    35. Go swimming
    36. Tan in this Texas heat
    37. Sing like I’m about to win American Idol
    38. Blow up balloons
    39. Pop the balloons
    40. Make lists
    41. Write an Odyssey article
    42. Pet a puppy
    43. Adopt a puppy
    44. Pay my rent
    45. Order a pizza
    46. Start a garden
    47. Cook a turkey
    48. Find new music
    49. Clean my waffle iron
    50. Learn to make jam
    51. Jam to music
    52. Play scrabble
    53. Volunteer anywhere
    54. Celebrate a birthday
    55. Watch a makeup tutorial I’ll never use
    56. Go through old pictures on my phone
    57. Make a playlist
    58. Take a shower
    59. Clean my room
    60. Curl my hair
    61. Climb a rock wall
    62. Get a massage
    63. Play with Snapchat filters
    64. Roast a chicken
    65. Go fishing
    66. Chug some Snapple
    67. Ride in a cart around Walmart
    68. Count the days until the semester is over
    69. Overthink about my future
    70. Think of my future baby’s names
    71. Pin everything on Pinterest
    72. Text anybody
    73. Pray about life
    74. Watch a sunset
    75. Watch a sunrise
    76. Have a picnic
    77. Read a book (that’s not for school)
    78. Go to a bakery
    79. Snuggle a bunny
    80. Clean my apartment
    81. Wash my dishes
    82. Rearrange my furniture
    83. Physically run away from my problems
    84. Make some meatballs
    85. Learn to make bread
    86. Google myself
    87. Ride a Ferris wheel
    88. Get stuck on a Ferris wheel (that way, it’s not my fault I’m not studying)
    89. Wash my car
    90. Get on a plane to Neverland
    91. Find Narnia in my closet
    92. Jump on a trampoline
    93. Learn to ice skate
    94. Go rollerblading
    95. Ride a rollercoaster
    96. Carve a pumpkin
    97. Restore water in a third world country
    98. FaceTime my family
    99. Hug my mom
    100. Tell my friends I love them

    The Basics Of The United Nations

    As the General Assembly convenes, here is the United Nations 101


    For an organization that literally unites the nations, it amazes me how little is taught about the United Nations in schools, or at least where I went to school. It wasn't until I went to college and got a higher education that I learned the basics of the United Nations. I believe that every American should know at least the basics of what the United Nations does, especially since our country is one of the 5 permanent members. So here are the main "organs" of the United Nations.

    Keep Reading... Show less
    Student Life

    Wine Wednesdays!

    How to get through the best Hump Day get together.


    What would Wine Wednesdays be without wine? Grab a bottle of red and a bottle of white so that you have some variety. If you feel like splurging, get a bottle of Rosé too.

    Keep Reading... Show less

    Every day of the week is unique, to say the least. Although they don't have to get up for work or go to class on a Monday, dogs truly relate to the struggle we face every day. Here are the days of the week as told by the cutest pups around:

    Keep Reading... Show less

    Subscribe to Our Newsletter

    Facebook Comments