Things To Keep In Mind When Choosing A College

Things To Keep In Mind When Choosing A College

Home cooked meals or dining hall food? Your mom waking you up or ten alarms?

Deciding where to go to college is one of the biggest decisions you will make in your life. Where you go to college will determine your future, and before you decide this, there are a few things you should consider, especially if you want to go away for college.

Make sure you are really ready to leave home.

This is one of the toughest things you will have to experience. You will be on your own and away from everything you ever knew. We’ve all said it, “I can’t wait to move away and get out of here”. But when that day comes and you don’t get to see your parents everyday, you will wish you took longer to decide what you really wanted, because maybe this isn’t what you wanted.

Living in dorms is not as great as you would think.

You have to live with people you have never met before and that live a completely different way than you. As I am sitting in my dorm right now, I hear about three different conversations, loud music, and the girls in the suite next door laughing. At home, you did your homework in your room with peace and quiet, but when you live with five other people, there is no such thing as quiet.

Remember those delicious home cooked meals you had just about every night?

Yeah me too, those were the best. But now, I eat dining hall food about twice a day. They do have all different kinds of food for you, but it is the strangest food combinations, and nine times out of ten it’s cold and disgusting. Luckily, there are restaurants on campus, but after a while, your Boomer Meals run out and you have to start paying for it out of pocket.

Now, back to the dorms.

Some of get lucky and move in with people we know, but most of us live with complete strangers. Not everyone is the same. You will always have the messy one, the loud one, the anti-social one, and the annoying one. You are all best friends at first, but the later into the semester you get, the more things change. You really get to see how a person lives after a few weeks at college. And sometimes, the way they live is by doing every single one of your pet peeves.

For some, going away to college was the best decision they ever made. But for others, it’s not. As the other half of the group who wishes they never went away, I am telling all of you to really be sure you want to do this. Make sure that you are okay with not seeing your parents everyday, or your dogs. Make sure that you will be okay with only being at home for a just a few days out of the month. Make sure that you REALLY want this. College is not an easy decision, and neither is leaving your family.

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1. Ahhh, it's so nice to be home

Buckingham Palace ain't got nothing on this place

2. OMG my pups!! I missed you doggos so much

Just accept my love. Pls. Love me back, I've been gone for 8 months. I'm begging.

3. Wow this queen bed is so big

*cue sleeping in a starfish position*

4. Finally a bedroom to myself

Headphones? I don't know her.

5. But wait, it's kinda scary sleeping in a dark room alone again

"Hello? Are there any ghosts in here?"

6. Sooooooo, no more meal plan?

Are you sure the local Chick-Fil-A doesn't accept meal swipes?

7. Who am I supposed to annoy at 2am if my friends don't live down the hall anymore?

2:30 AM: "Mom? Dad? Wanna go get french fries with me? Maybe watch a movie?"


"Okay maybe tomorrow...Sorry for bothering you. Okay good talk!"

8. "Mom you're going to do my laundry now, right?"

I mean it's kinda your job isn't it?

No? Okay yes ma'am I will do my own laundry no problemo, aye aye captain!

9. Me and my friends are going to spend every day together

*Me talking to myself through the camera on Snapchat*:

"So we're approaching day four with zero human interaction. Pretty good work, but we could do better!"

10. Yes, final grades are in! Can't wait to see what I got this semester!

*Slowly closes computer screen*

11. Do I really have to ask my parents to leave the house?

*Doesn't Ask*:



Mom: "Oh honey you're an adult now, you don't have to ask! Come and go as you please!"

12. Chores? Yea no thank you.

They've been doing them without me for months. They're all set.

13. Wait, so forreal though.. do restaurants in town take my meal plan?

Bank Account: $5.93

*Whispers to worker* "I won't tell if you don't. Just swipe my school ID, see if it works."

14. Will my Juul set off the fire alarm in my bedroom?


*Rips Juul*

15. I kinda underestimated how weird it would be to hang out with people from my high school again.

"Oh no you haven't changed a bit Janice! Your baby is so cute lol."

*Awkwardly laughs*

16. Why do my old friends have new friends?

I don't like this, not one bit.

17. Can they tell that I'm not really listening to their stories about school?

"Yeah haha Delta Sigma Mu sounds sooooo dope Chad, that's ~wild~ that you had late nights three times a week lol!"

"Oh you snuck into the football stadium when the gates were unlocked?? That's crazy, you're crazy, school sounds... crazy!"

18. I'm bored. How long until I can go back to school?

Is it too late for a summer intersession?

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