January 19, 2012 by Wingate University Admissions
High school students today are drilled with college materials as early as their sophomore year. While the intention is to help identify options for the student, it often overwhelms them. By the time their senior year rolls around, they have an average of 15 schools knocking at their door – often telling them why they should attend their school. While it’s nice to feel wanted, sometimes it can feel annoying. How many times do you receive mailers and give them a quick route to the trash can? Once a week? Twice a week? Every day?
My point is, we live in a world where we see so much advertising that we ignore the things that are important. While many of the mailers only give you a hyped up version of what their institution stands for, it’s important that you dig a little deeper. When researching colleges, it’s important that you know what to look for. For instance, it’s probably not in your best interest to attend a college just because they have a good basketball or football team. Especially if you’re not even playing. Honestly. How will sitting in the stands propel you forward in achieving your goals. Any successful business person will tell you that they didn’t become successful by sitting on the sidelines. Also, avoid going somewhere just because your friend, boyfriend, or girlfriend will be going there. Part of the college experience is to grow, mature, and transform. It’s hard to do that when you’re held to an expectation of who you were in middle school or high school.
Set realistic standards for what you’re looking for. Do they have my major? Is it affordable? Do they offer research opportunities? Can I live on campus? Can I have a car my freshman year? Do they offer international travel opportunities? Do they offer graduate/doctorate programs? These are the questions you need to be asking yourself. So many times we see students decide on a college based on where they are in their life at that moment. But here’s the challenge, consider where you want to go in life when making your decision. If you want to be a doctor, find out what percentage of students are accepted into medical school from a particular college/university. If you want to be a meteorologists, make sure they offer the program. It’s simple. If you want to grow in your faith, consider a college who at least have the values you’re aspiring to obtain.
While this blog is not meant to offend or upset you, it is intended to be a wake up call. High school seniors are one semester away from making one of the biggest decisions of their life, we want to make sure you are really thinking about it. We believe in you and are excited for what’s ahead. The best is yet to come.