7 Questions To Ask Yourself When Choosing A College

7 Questions To Ask Yourself When Choosing A College

Your college checklist should be as specific as the mental checklist you have for your future husband.

Now is the time high school juniors and seniors are frantically touring colleges, trying to figure out which one is perfect for them. I know this because two years ago that was me. I had a short list of requirements that potential colleges had to fulfill, but other than that, I went into the search process blind. I knew my school had to be far away from home, and it had to have good sports teams.

After my search process was complete, my list had become about 100 times longer and I had found my dream school. Now that I am here, I realize that there were a lot of things that I should have thought more about, like how much I would miss my dog.

1. Am I willing to walk up hills?

When its 100 degrees or there is 6 inches of snow, walking sucks. But walking up hills in that weather sucks even more. If the campus is really hill, consider the climate in that area.

2. Do I really want to go this far away from home?

Because I live so far away from my school my parents can’t always come down for mom’s/dad’s/parent’s weekend. It sucks when you see all of your friends with their families, but it was something I was willing to give up for my dream school. Also, I knew I would miss my dog, but I never knew how much I would miss them. I would do anything right now to even pet one of them.

3. Do I want to have to rely on a bus to get to class on time?

This all depends on the size of the school. At my school, I can anywhere on campus in about 15 minutes. Some of my friends who go to huge state schools have to catch a bus to get to their classes and if they miss the bus, they're screwed. This was something that was not on my original list, but now that I have the walking luxury, I'm so glad I chose the sized campus I did.

4. Do they have good sports teams?

This was a huge priority when I was looking at schools because I am a huge sports fan. If you're not, this might not be as important. But if you chose a school that doesn't have a football team or sports aren't a huge deal, you're going to accept that your Instagram timeline will be full of pictures from tailgates.

5. What are the class sizes?

This was also another thing that wasn't a priority for me. But since I go to a smaller school, my largest class is 130 kids and that is probably the largest class I will ever have. Many of my friends who go to state schools are in multiple classes with 200-300 kids and they miss their classes with 30 kids, where they could ask as many questions as they wanted.

6. What are their post-graduation job placement statistics?

This was one of the main things that I was looking for when considering colleges. No matter the reason you choose a specific school, the end goal of college is to find a job at the end. There are some schools that I visited that clearly had more focus on athletics rather than on academics. This was very apparent when you looked at their job placement statistic, which they often tried to hide. Be careful and do your research.

7. How much do you want to be involved in Greek life?

Whether you are pro Greek life or not, this is something most people consider when choosing a college. If you're not interested in Greek life, you might want to consider a school where it isn't as big of a deal. Even if you are interested, should face reality that rush may not work out in your favor. If this happens, you want to make sure you will still be happy at your school without being involved in Greek life.

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Before any adults say “college is easy, you just need to apply your time” I do apply my time! This semester I am taking 18 credits, writing for the Odyssey, and active in two on-campus clubs. For those who are in the same predicament and balance a full/part-time job, I salute you. Recently, on Twitter, I came across a tweet stating “College isn't hard, the work just piles up on you” and related to that completely. I feel teachers should give homework because it gives clarity and practice in concepts that were not understood in class. But homework such as 40 multiple choice questions in macroeconomics, 40 multiple choice questions in accounting, 145 pages to read in fashion, a two page in essay in business writing, 45 pages to read plus a discussion question in international marketing, and 16 short answer questions in organizational behavior per week is excessive! Especially if you are not naturally gifted, so you have to take time outside of class to review lessons. And guess what? Somewhere in between all that work, I have to find time to eat, exercise, socialize, sleep, and apply for summer internships. On top of that, when you suffer from anxiety, managing symptoms is a full-time job in itself.

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10 Reasons Villanova University Should Be At The Top Of Your List

Are you even surprised that Campus Corner is on this list?

I knew I loved Villanova University from the first time I stepped on campus. This was back in my junior year of high school. The following two years I adamantly followed Villanova in the hopes that I would end up there. Everything about this school was desirable.

It just seemed like a happy, lively, and loving place. When I was accepted in my senior year, I was ecstatic. This was the place I had dreamed of being, and now my dream was coming true. Now that I am here, I get to love all the things I had previously admired from afar, plus everything I have gotten to experience since getting here.

1. It’s gorgeous campus

From the Oreo to the cherry trees lining the entrance of the St. Thomas of Villanova Church, wherever you go on campus. I know when I was looking at schools, I would always notice the cohesiveness of the buildings around campus.

2. The Spit/Cova

Some people love the Spit and some people hate it, but regardless, upperclassmen will tell you to cherish it while you still have it. In addition, Cova is the best dining hall on campus in my opinion, no contest.

3. Its proximity to Philly

Philly is an amazing city and it’s a mere 30-minute train ride away.

4. Tailgates

If you think your college’s tailgates are impressive, you’ve never been to a Villanova one. You haven’t lived until you’ve partied in the Wells Fargo parking lot for hours while the temperature is in the teens.

5. The small classes

And while this does mean that your professor knows when you skip, this also means that they have a better opportunity of getting to know you on a more personal level.

6. Basketball

Basketball brings Villanova together in the best way possible.

7. Jay Wright

I shouldn’t even have to explain this one.

8. Greek life

Greek life is by no means the be-all end-all of social life at Villanova, and I think that’s what makes it so great. It’s what you make of it.

9. Camp Co

I’m not sorry, you knew this would be on here. Buffalo mozzarella fries forever have my heart.

10. The students

There is an indescribable sense community at Villanova.

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