Apr 5 / Karis Hortin

How To Choose A College That's Right For You | Advice From A Life Coach

Choosing a college is soooo hard. How are we supposed to narrow down all the options and just choose ONE? 

In this blog post I will share with you tips on how you can choose a college that’s right for you.The very last tips is the most important tip, so make sure you read all the way to the end! 

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Tip #1 - Decide if you want to stay close to home, or move away 
If you are a homebody you are going to want to look at colleges closer to home. If you know you can’t go too long without seeing your mom, I don’t recommend going to a college farther than 3-4 hours away from home. 

But if you are ready to move away from your town then this is a good time to start looking at schools located in areas you have always dreamt of living in. Keep in mind it might be a little lonely to be far away from your family, but if you are up for it, then you can start ruling out the colleges that are too close to home. 

One more thing, out of state schools usually require you to pay out of state tuition, wich is much more expensive than in state tuition, so just keep that in mind if you are wanting to go to an out of state university. 
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Tip #2 - Do you want to go to a junior college or a university? 
Decide if you want to go to a junior college first, then transfer to a four year university, or if you want to go to a four year university right away. I can tell you right now if you choose to go to a junior college first you are going to save sooooo much money. College is very,  expensive, so going to a junior college for a couple years will save you a lot of money. 

However, if you know you want to go to a four year university right away then you can go ahead and cross out junior colleges from your list which will make your college decision a little easier.

Really quickly I want to share with you the pros and cons of a junior college and a four year university. 


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Pros of junior colleges:
1. More affordable 
2. Smaller classes 
3. More flexibility - If you have a job or other responsibilities you'll be able to balance it with classes 
4. You can transfer credits (most of the time)
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Cons of going to a junior college:
1. Limited degree options 
2. You can only get an associates degree 
3. No traditional “college experience” 
4. Not all classes are transferable 
5. Sometimes classes might not prepare you for a four-year college 
Learn more about the cons of going to a junior college here

Pros of going to a four year university:
1. You can get a bachelor's degree 
2. More majors to choose from 
3. A lot of extracurricular activities 
4. You'll get the “traditional” college experience 

Cons of going to a four year college: 
1. Less affordable 
2. You won’t be able to work full time until you graduate 
3. Recent graduates have a high unemployment rate
Learn more about the pros and cons of going to a four year university here 


Tip #3 - Do you want the “typical college experience?”
Do you want to go to a big university that has multiple sororities, fraternities, and a big football team? Are you OK attending classes in auditoriums with 400+ students and possibly never get to know your professors on a 1:1 level? 

Or would you rather go to a smaller school? Smaller schools often have tighter knit communities. The class sizes will be much smaller, you will get to know your professors very well, you will not be just a number. However, most smaller schools will not have as many clubs, and opportunities so you’ll have to decide what you really want out of your college. 

Do you want the “typical college experience?” Or are you willing to give that up for a smaller more tight knit community. 


Tip #4 It’s OK to transfer
Don’t put so much pressure on yourself to pick the perfect college, because at the end of the day if it doesn’t workout you can always transfer. It is completely OK to transfer! I transferred after my first semester. Transferring is totally normal. So don’t put too much pressure on yourself. If the college you originally chose doesn’t work you can always transfer. 

Hopefully that eases your anxiety a little. 

Tip #5- it’s not about what college you attend, it’s about what you do when you get there 
At the end of the day it really does not matter where you decide to go to college. What matters is what you do when you get there. Most employers are not going to care what college you attended; they care more about how you spent your college years. So once you get there try your best to get involved, figure out ways to build up your resume, always ask yourself, what can you do right now to prepare yourself for the future? Learn to work hard, set good habits, and do your best. You don’t have to go to a special college to do these things. 


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At the end of the day it does not matter what college you go to. There is going to be pros and cons to any college, but it is up to you to decide what you do with the opportunities you’re given. So don’t stress out. Choose a college you feel is right for you, but know there is no such thing as the “perfect” college.

P.S. I am actually a life coach for young adults. So pretty much I help young adults figure out answers to important questions like, what college should you attend? Should you take a gap year instead of going to college? What should you major in? What kind of career path should you take? And so on. So if you ever want someone to guide you through this difficult stage of life know I am always here.  

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