Thursday, February 16, 2017

My Advise On Picking A College

Today's post is going to be different than what I normally post about on the daily basis but this is something I have been meaning to talk about forever I just haven't taken the time to write about it. Yes this is going to be a longer post so sit back grab a cup of tea or coffee and lets get into this post!

Even though I stated this blog in my junior year of high school I never really talked much about the college process or choosing a school here on my blog. I guess maybe because my blog is an escape for me from my daily life and I really didn't want to talk about college any more than a had to at the time. Though over two year later I am finally ready to share my thoughts! 

Let's see where do I even begin I guess we will start with my junior year. My junior year of high school was a rough one I was studying for the SATS, learning to drive, going to school, and trying to decided on a career. Needless to say I was very stressed. When it came to looking at schools it was hard for me because I really didn't know what I wanted to major in. Once I finally landed on Hospitality the search for a college officially began. I will probably do a whole other post talking about choosing a major. Anyways once I had a list of schools in mind the summer before senior year I visited a number of schools in various states on a weekend long road trip. I had always wanted to go away for school preferable some where warm and I knew I didn't want to go to a huge school. So I had a pretty solid list of schools though once I toured them I fell in love with the feel of a smaller school however the school I liked the most after this crazy college road trip had a VERY small hospitality department. So I was back to the drawing board... After doing more research I ended up finding a school that fit all my criteria other than it was pretty close to home (about 40 min). We checked it out and it felt right! 

I remember being so frustrated that I couldn't seem to figure out what school I wanted to go to. Everyone kept saying "It would all work out" and I would get so mad. In the back of my mind I kept saying "Will it"? Though once I visited N.U. I knew it would work out and the school felt like me. So for anyone here fretting over picking a college I know you had heard it before but you will figure it out!

Anyways I guess what I learned throughout the whole process is no school is absolutely perfect. When I started looking for school I dreamed of finding the perfect school that had everything I wanted. College was the time to get away from high school and start fresh. While I love college I think in today's society we make our expectations for college to high. I am here to tell you it's not everything it's cracked up to be. Sure it's tons of fun but just like high school I have had my far share of rough moments in college. I spent so long debating over what school to attend because N.U. wasn't perfect in my mind. It was to close to home and not in warm weather. Once I realized that no school was going to be absolutely everything I wanted I was finally happy with my decision. So pick the school that feels right even if it's not everything you thought you wanted. 

So I am now in my forth semester in college and I am so happy I chose the school I did. Is it perfect? No there are definitely things I would change. Do I sometimes wonder what things would be like if I had gone to a different school? Sure I do however we always wonder about the path we didn't take and I am happy with the choice I made so in that end that's all the really matters.  

Wow that was one long post congrats if you stuck around until the end! I hope this helped anyone trying to deciding on a college. I am planning on posting more posts like this in the future. 

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