Applying to college was stressful. Picking a college was way more difficult.
When I was going through the college application process, my guidance counselor and teachers told our class to apply to around 8 schools. Too little was unsafe. Too many would drive you insane. Naturally, I decided that I needed to play it extra safe, and I applied to 24 schools: 4 UC’s and 20 Privates. If the Common Application didn’t have a limit, I would have definitely applied to even more.
It’s natural to stress about where you’ll get in, but eventually, when you have all your choices laid out for you, you have to decide where you’ll spend the next four years of your life. The school that shapes you into a professional. The one that is on your resume that you hand to every employer. No pressure.
In the end, my top choices came down to Columbia University and my current school. Both are great schools…but one is an Ivy League. This sole fact kept me up for days and seemed to be the main reason why I couldn’t seem to commit, even though I knew where I would be most happy.
The best advice I got during the entire decision-making process was to follow my heart. Cheesy? Absolutely. Effective? Definitely. College is the time to challenge yourself and grow, both personally and professionally. Don’t worry about brand names. Ask yourself and ask those who know you the best: where will I thrive? You can make all the pro-con lists in the world to justify why you should attend one school over another but you know in your heart where you belong. 💕