This is a sensitive subject for me because in June, it will be my one year anniversary of graduating college. I figured I would write this post because I know some of my readers are indeed high school seniors and some may need clarity on how to make that decision of a lifetime. Choosing where to go to college is a HUGE decision. But don’t let that afraid. I always told myself if I chose the wrong school, it wasn’t the end of the world because I could always transfer. I ended up applying to 20 schools (i know, my parents probably hated me because we visited them all) and was accepted to 18 of them. I had my eye on a college ever since I was a little kid and to be honest I didn’t have an open mind at all when I visited the other schools. I knew this dream college was a reach for me but I always told myself this is where I was meant to end up. When I didn’t get into that school in May, I was devastated. I remember that day more than the day I got accepted into the school I actually attended. I went into full panic mode just because I didn’t know where the heck I was going to end up. Fortunately, my dad encouraged me to apply to a bunch of schools so I wouldn’t be forced to attend a school I really didn’t like. Once April hit, I went to visit 5 schools across the country that I was interested in but still not sure. I already visited these schools once before but like I said before, I didn’t have an open mind during the tours because I knew I was going to another school (my dream school). I was so disappointed with myself when I visited these 5 schools again because they were all beautiful. I had the comfort of walking around campus and knowing I was accepted and didn’t have any fear of being rejected again. I actually had such a tough time deciding between these 5 schools. I was able to narrow down to 2 schools (visited them again, sorry mom and dad) and finally made my decision. I honestly can now say I’m thankful I didn’t get accepted into my dream school because I couldn’t imagine going to any different school. I had the most amazing time in college and I was challenged unlike any other. These 4 years were simply the best 4 years of my life. High school seniors, I’m sure you hear that a lot but trust me, you will be thinking the same thing in 4 short years.
My advise to high school seniors is to know that it is okay to not be accepted into your dream school. This simply means that something better will come your way. When you are deciding between a couple of schools, if you can, try to visit them again. It opened my eyes and I was able to actually visualize myself at these schools. This is really important because you want to make sure you feel comfortable at a place you will be spending the next 4 years. Always remember, if you need any assistance or help just let me know and I am willing to help you through this exciting journey!