Article & Photo By: Shai Fichtelberg
As college application season comes to a close, seniors are getting ready to make the big decision. Some colleges have begun reviewing applications and even sending out decisions. Making the right decision can be a daunting task because there are so many things to consider. Cost, location, social life, and education are just a few of the things that should be factored in when making the decision.
Personally, I have received a few acceptance letters, and I am already overwhelmed about making my choice in May. I began frantically researching the best way to choose a college and eventually found an efficient way to organize all my thoughts. I know I am not the only one who is or will be struggling with making the best decision.
Make a spreadsheet! This spreadsheet will be your guide to everything, as you get acceptances; put it all on there. The spreadsheet I made has nine columns: school name, location, setting, size, total cost, financial aid, scholarships, pros and cons. These are really important factors to look at when making the decision. You need to find a place you will feel comfortable spending the next four years and won’t leave you in debt for the rest of your life. Every school has its pros and cons, and every college has amazing resources to help you make your choice. You can go to webinars, tour campuses online and reach out to current students.
In conclusion, this is such a big decision and you really need to take the time and explore your options. Organization will be key to ensure you really factored in everything or you will regret it in the end. Anywhere you end up will be good; every school has amazing programs and amazing people. I wish the class of 2021 the best of luck when making this decision; it will be hard for us all.