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Five questions to ask yourself before deciding on a college

The idea of college is *such* an exciting thing. Actually choosing a college to go to? Well, that's a tad daunting. Let's be real: the criteria you use to pick which college to attend should almost never be where your boyfriend or bestie is going. The school you choose to attend has a long-term effect on you, your education and your future career, so choosing wisely is v. important for your future.

Before you decide, ask yourself a few important questions...

1. What do I want to study?

Your decision should be partially based on the quality of education a college provides in your field of interest. If you’re interested in business, choose a school that has an excellent business school. Not only will you be happier in a great program, but you also want to make sure you're getting your money's worth out of the academic experience. 

You’ll thank yourself later for prioritizing education over following your friends—guaranteed.

2. Where do I want to live?

The location of a college is very important as well. Can you thrive in a city? How far away do you want to be from your family? Do you want to go overseas? Remember, you’ll be living there for four years. So, conduct a little research on the location of a college before making your final decision. Trust us, you’ll have a much better college experience if you enjoy where you’re living.

3. Are there plenty of opportunities related to my industry?

Nowadays, the college experience is just as important as grades. You'll need to choose a school that has plenty of internship and volunteer opportunities related to your industry (or, at least contacts to make opportunities for yourself). If you make the right decision, you'll be experienced and ready for the job market after graduation.

4. What is the financial aid situation like?

Student debt is real, and those loans usually need to be paid back right after graduation. Start scholarship and grant hunting ASAP to make sure you have the perf plan for your education. You can even start the process now: Ask your high school counselors for scholarship opps and get your fam to help you with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). It's not super fun, but it's *so* important.

5. What type of social scene do I want?

Do you enjoy parties every weekend, or do you prefer a chill hangout with your closest friends? Do you want to explore a large city or have a night in with your bestie? A simple Google search will tell you what kind of environment the college in question has. The college you choose should reflect the social life you prefer.

Do you have any tips and tricks for finding a perf school? Tell us below!

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by Joy Cato and Logan Potter | 1/9/2019
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