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BK Blog Post
Posted by Norman Arvidsson, Content Manager.
Norman Arvidsson is a passionate author who was born in Sweden but then moved to the United States with his family. Now his goal is to share his experience with others through blogging. He is like to write about education so you can even ask him how to choose the college of your dream. He considers personal growth as the main goal in his life.
Where you go to college can be the difference between a life well lived and something that ends up down in the dumps. After all, a good college can serve to inspire and provoke, while a bad college can mean high debt and no degree as they place sucks the life right out of you.
But how do you know what’s a good college and what’s a bad college?
There are a couple of things to watch out for. Here we’ve listed some of the most important points for you to consider, so that when it’s time for you to make the choice, you can make it as informed as possible.
Find out how good the professors
Let’s start with something that’s absolutely vital (and you probably knew about). That’s the professors. They’ve got to be good. Otherwise, you might as well just do a home-study course. But how do you know if they are?
Fortunately, there are more and more tools out there nowadays to help you out. For example, they’ve got ‘rate my professor’ which lets you know how people think the professors are. Now, do note that not everybody agrees (like how you hate a movie that everybody else loves) but it’s still a useful start.
Find out how the other students
You want to find a college that has students similar to yourself. Otherwise you’re not going to find anybody to connect with. That would be a shame. After all, though what you study might be interesting, the friendships you build up over the time that you’re there are what you get to keep afterwards.
So take the time to explore that. Don’t take the college’s word for it either. See what students have attended and do a bit of internet sleuthing to find out what they’re like.
Where is it located?
Sure, there might be great professors and the student body might be fantastic, but if it’s in a cold place and you can’t stand the cold, or if it isn’t near a big city while you’re a city kid, it’s going to be hard for it to be the college of your dreams.
For that reason, do your homework. Do people in the area do what you do? Can you get to them? Is there a night life? Might there be too much of one? Explore the places nearby because often these are going to be a reflection of the college itself.
What are the rules
And finally, don’t ignore the rules and regulations. You can’t just click by them like you do when you sign up for a new service. These can be vital and can make a huge difference to your life. In fact, they can be the difference between success and failure.
Yes, I know it’s boring, but I promise you it won’t be half as boring when you end up on the wrong side of a rule because you didn’t read it (or manage to avoid a big spot of trouble because you did). So take the time to really study up on what the rules are.
What can get you in trouble? What are the expectations? Are there any weird arcana leftovers from several centuries ago? All that can be a massive headache if you find out about it too late.
The best thing you can do before you go is actually visit the place. And when you do, don’t see it through rose tinted glasses. Don’t make your decision because there’s a cute guy that smiled at you. Don’t let your decision ride on the weather.
Instead, make a check list. Write down each positive point as you come across it and each negative point. Then let that sit for a couple of days and return to it with a clear head. That’s when you can make the best decision. That’s when you can choose what your future will be.