The World Won’t End If You Don’t Choose The ‘Perfect College,' Because 'Perfect Colleges' Don't Exist

The World Won’t End If You Don’t Choose The ‘Perfect College,' Because 'Perfect Colleges' Don't Exist

It may seem like the world will end if you don't choose the "perfect" school, but in reality, there isn't a perfect school.

The end of March is here, which means there's only a little more than a month until final college decisions are required of the respective schools you're interested in. Some students applied to a school knowing that they'd be confirming their attendance the second they got their acceptance letters. Other students have a few schools in mind and are letting the money talk in terms of where they're heading. And then there are those students who have absolutely no idea what they want to do, where they want to go or have any answers at all.

If you're in the latter group: don't worry.

The college choice decision may seem like the difference between life and death, and that there is only one right answer. It might seem like the weight of the world is on your shoulders — constantly being asked by peers, teachers, relatives, and even strangers where you plan on spending your next four years. However, if you are stuck between a few fine institutions, you honestly can't make a bad choice.

It may seem like the world will end if you don't choose the "perfect" school, but in reality, there isn't a perfect school.

So much of what your college experience will be is what you personally make of it, and you can have an amazing experience at nearly any school. Even the school you thought would be your dream school might not be as incredible once you actually attend there. Perspective is everything, and just having a solid mindset going into your school year will make all of the difference.

If you didn't get into your dream school: don't worry.

Despite great hope and effort, I didn't get into an Ivy League school that I thought I actually had a chance at. Looking back on it two years later, however, I realize that not getting in there made it an easy choice for me to pick my school, and I truly couldn't be happier with my decision. It might seem crushing to not get into a school that you had your heart set on, but it actually might be the best thing that could happen.

Also with your decision, don't judge a school by its cover. If you get a decent amount of money to a school that you think is "beneath you," don't be so quick to push it aside in favor of a school with a flashier name or a higher price tag. Tour a school, talk to current students and try to get the best impression of the school you can before you decide. Don't go to a school just because your friend goes, choose a school that you love, and if your friend also attends that's just a bonus.

No matter where you end up or what school you decide on, make next year, and the other three years, the best you possibly can. Go into with an open mind to make friends, join organizations, and find yourself. You will grow so much as an individual, and the school you choose isn't as significant as what you will allow yourself to get out of a college education.

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I Learned Forensic Science In One Day For HOSA SLC 2019 And Still Placed Top Ten

We all have those days where we have to cram for an exam you know nothing about the night before, but have you tried to study for it the day of the exam? I never knew I would find myself in this situation until I went to HOSA SLC. With minimal study time, my partner, Kasey Park, and I were still able to place in the Top Ten in Georgia.

Joel Lee
Joel Lee

As a member of my school's chapter of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), I went to SLC (State Leadership Conference), where members all over the state of Georgia come to Atlanta to compete in a variety of competitions in the field of Science and Healthcare. All members can pick only one competition to participate in, and the guidelines and rules for each event are posted on the HOSA website.

The event I chose was Forensic Medicine, which requires a team of two people to take a written exam about Forensic Science (Round 1) and write a death report for a case study (Round 2). You must pass Round 1 to move on to Round 2. I worked with a good friend of mine, Kasey Park, for this event. HOSA recommended two textbooks to study for the event: Forensic Science: Fundamentals & Investigations 2nd Edition and Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques, Fourth Edition.

Kasey and I both had the books, since Winter Break of our sophomore year (2018-2019), and we both agreed to start studying during winter break. Instead, we both completely forgot about it and when we returned to school after the break, we knew we still had time to study, since SLC was in March. We made a game plan of what chapters to read and when to read them, and we agreed to meet for reviewing the chapters we read. But, it didn't happen.

This procrastination continued about a day before we needed to leave for SLC, and we both realized we needed to study two thick textbooks in about 24 hours. We both knew at this point we just needed to cram as much information we could possibly fit into our brains.

The way we crammed was we both read the textbook as fast as possible and absorbing information as we go. Even though will not understand everything, we can still get a lot of information that can help us do well.

We studied on the way to SLC and before the Round 1 exam, so we can have the best chance possible when taking the test. My partner and I took the Round 1 exam during the afternoon, and we both we did alright, but not good, so we were worried about whether or not we made the second round. We got a notification in the evening that we made to Round 2. Kasey and I started to study all night and during the morning to cram as much information as we could. A little before noon, we took the Round 2 Case Study Test, and we thought it was a breeze.

Since we finished our event, we could finally hang out with friends from our school, as well as students from other schools. I meant so many new people at HOSA SLC. The next day, we went to the award ceremony, and my partner and I did not get in the Top 5, so we were not recognized. But later we were informed that we got 9th place, which we were happy with since we did not study very much for this exam.

From my experiences ar HOSA SLC, I have learned many things and met many new people. I would recommend that if you have a testing event, you should start to study prior to SLC to give yourself the most amount of time to study before the test. I feel that cramming last minute at SLC is ineffective and very stressful. I also think that you should try to meet new people since the conference is for members all over the state of Georgia.

If you are a middle or high schooler, I would recommend attending HOSA SLC, as it will be a memory you will never forget.

Joel Lee
Joel Lee

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