6 Factors To Consider When Choosing A College

6 Factors To Consider When Choosing A College

A decision not just for four years, but for your life
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As May quickly approaches, so does college deposit time. Just when you thought the stress was gone when you finished applications, decision time roles around. Most students have a top choice in terms of which college they would like to attend; however, there are many things to take into consideration before placing that deposit down to hold your place for next year!

1. Money.

This is something that you tend to overlook during the application process. You apply to each school that sparks your interest, and hope that you get enough financial aid or scholarships to make the cost reasonable. If you love the school, it may seem worth it; however, take the time to imagine yourself the following years upon graduating. Will you be making enough money to pay back expensive student loans?

2. Major.

Surely the schools on your list will have your major; however, take the time to go through each college's website to learn more about their specific program. Go through the course catalog and see the different courses within that major. It also would not hurt to reach out to a professor in that department with specific questions. By doing more research, you can see which program is more suited to you and where you see yourself after college.

3. Size.

The size of the school was my main factor in choosing schools to even put on my list. Many people do well in large university settings; however, that is not me. I needed a smaller school that had smaller class sizes and a close-knit community. Can you see yourself in a large lecture hall in a class of over 200 students, or does a class that maxes out at 20 sound more appealing?

4. Location.

Are you a city person or are you a rural person? Each type of location has its own perks. The rural areas are probably surrounded by small towns and give you the small town feel. Living in the city, you will experience the hustle and bustle. In some cases, you can find the best of both worlds and find a school that is located in a smaller town, but close enough to the city that it is just a quick train ride away.

5. Internship opportunities.

Each school will have different opportunities based on their location and connections. Schools in or close to bigger cities will have more connections with larger corporations in the city, compared to schools farther away. That being said, many schools offer internship opportunities in different parts of the country. Most schools will have their internship sites or places in which alumni have done internships listed on their website.

6. Job placement rate.

This is an important aspect that I know did not initially cross my mind. When you Google a school, type in "job placement rate" and you will find a general percentage of alumni who receive jobs within the first year after graduating. This is important to think about because if you are going to a more expensive school, you will have student loans that you need to pay back. Also, you are investing your money into a college that will help you get a job after graduating.

Now that you have received the news from your schools, you will probably sit down with your parent(s) and have the discussion of where you will go. You may have fallen in love with a school that may not be financially feasible and you are just hitting that reality now. That being said, each school has its pros and cons. My decision was fairly easy; however, the school that I am at was not my first choice. My top choice was too far away from home for my liking. My other top choice was too expensive. When I looked at my chosen school in terms of some of the factors listed above, I knew it was the right one for me and I am glad that I made that choice.

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If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

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Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

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Even though college students are just a little over a month into the spring semester, we are already feeling high amounts of stress over tests and papers. Nobody said college was going to be easy, and this statement is ringing truer and truer each day. So, to the parents, grandparents, or anybody else who loves us and cares about our well being, here are 22 things you should send us if you love and miss our presence.

1. Gift cards to the local grocery store. 

Preferably Walmart or Food Lion, since that's all we have here in Farmville, VA.

2. Room decor from the Target dollar section. 

Or anything from Target, for that matter. Some college towns don't have one of these glorious establishments, and we are experiencing withdrawals.

3. School supplies. 

You can never have too many sticky notes or colored pens.

4. Mints. 

Because some people need it after lunch, and gum is disgusting.

5. A cozy blanket. 

For those cold nights spent in the library until 2 in the morning.

6. A handwritten letter. 

These are one of my favorite things to get in the mail, and there is always something so sentimental about snail mail.

7. A giant box of fruit snacks...

Definitely one of my favorite grab and go snacks.

8. ... Or candy, in general. 

Preferably, gummies. But, I won't refuse chocolate candy either.

9. Cash. 

For those late night Taco Bell runs, or just to make us feel a little bit better about ourselves.

10.  A funny movie/DVD. 

There's something so simple and serene about watching a funny movie on a DVD player that brings us back to the less stressful times of our childhood.

11.  Hot chocolate mix. 

I always get random cravings for hot chocolate, but it's never enough to make me want to go buy a box of mix.

12.  Starbucks/Dunkin Donuts gift cards. 

Because the majority of our lives revolve around coffee, and sometimes our Keurigs just don't cut it.

13.  Peanut butter crackers. 

These are so quick and easy to eat between classes (or if you're like me, IN class).

14.  Scent diffuser. 

This can be even better if you send a scent that reminds us of home.

15.  Hair ties. 

For some reason, I only own about five at a time because I am always losing these!

16.  Homemade cookies/brownies. 

These always make me so happy knowing my mom took time out of her busy day to think of me and bake yummy treats.

17.  Gift cards for our favorite online shopping stores. 

What better way to relieve stress than buy clothes you don't need?

18.  Nail polish. 

You can never have too many bottles of the same shade of pink.

19.  Mug warmer. 

These help keep your cup of coffee warm for long periods of time so you don't end up wasting such a sacred drink.

20.  Lysol wipes/hand sanitizer. 

I go both of these things at an alarming rate because some places are just plain disgusting.

21.  Band-aids. 

No one ever really thinks of buying these, but they work for so many more reasons than their typical use.

22.  iTunes gift card. 

For all those "educational apps" our professors tell us to buy. *wink wink*

Every college student loves getting a care package in the mail, so if you really love and miss us, please send one our way!

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