If I could re-do my college selection process, I’d approach it differently.
Since I was the first one in my family to attend college, my parents didn’t know how to help me and didn’t get involved in the selection process. We never toured colleges, discussed choices, or researched alternatives. I was unsure about my career path.
I ended up choosing the least expensive option, since no one talked to me about scholarships or loans. My freshman and sophomore years were difficult, and I felt lonely and lost.
Luckily, I “found myself” during my junior year, changed majors and got to know a group of people on campus with the same interests and career goals.
“Selecting a college can be compared to buying a pair of blue jeans,” said Jamie Grant, Executive Director of Enrollment Management at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wis. “You’ll find a lot of styles, sizes, and price ranges. But remember, a good fit for your friend may not necessarily be a good fit for you.”
To help you prevent making the same mistakes I made, I collaborated with Jamie to come up with the following helpful tips: