Attending college is a huge step in every teen’s life. It is – for most – the first and biggest step towards freedom from parents, living on their own, and making their own decisions. And with the latter, it all begins with deciding where to attend college. Now, it is easy to get absorbed in the excitement of applying for college (yes, it can be an ‘exciting’ process!), but it is very important to be systematic and practical when choosing which college to attend. However, there are some mistakes Millennials makes when choosing which college to attend.
- Looking only at the BIG name schools
While many people dream of attending those ivy league schools – the Harvards, Yales, and Stanfords of the world – with good reason, they are not the only schools one can receive a good education from. Many schools prepare students for the real world workforce with their rigorous programs and partnerships, such as study abroad. Seeking to attend one of these schools because your parents envisioned you graduation day since the day you were born is not good enough. Do not be hesitant to look at your local state university or college – you may be surprised how much they have everything you are looking for in collegiate program.
- Not looking at the price tag
One thing I have found to be interesting when I speak to many college bound millennials is how unaware they are of how much schools cost and furthermore how they will pay for their education. The cost of a 4-year education at an accredited USA-based college can cost a student anywhere from $17,000 to $65,000! Many say, “I am not too concerned with that. Mom and Dad will take care of the cost.” But if the idea is solely for Mom and Dad to help you complete the FAFSA to apply for student aid in which you will receive loans, guess what? The cost really is on you because you will start paying those loans back once you graduate. (That is why I have developed my online course – to help students [and parents!] navigate the application process
- Uninformed and unaware of what subject to study
It may be said you do not need to know what you want to study before starting college, but I’d [somewhat] disagree. When starting college without having an idea of what to study, you can easily put yourself in a ‘wanderer’ phase – jumping from major to major, aka wasting your time studying the wrong subject, aka wasting your money. You may not know the exact subject(s) in which to major and minor, but having an idea of your interests is important. This will make your decision easier.
At the end of the day – or shall I say the end of one’s college career – the superficiality of the layout of the dining hall, the size of your dorm room, or how far away you can get from your parents will not be as critical as to whether or not your education was worth what you paid for it.