Choosing A School For You

As I recall being a senior in high school, I remember the stress and confusion I faced for a while when trying to make an official decision about where I wanted to further my education after high school. The first tip I can give you in regards to this decision is that if you are reading this post, Muskingum is the answer for you (just kidding, well…kind of)!

My mistake when trying to chose a school during my senior year was that I was letting time and my surroundings really stress me out. It seemed like every one in my class who was going to college, and all of my close friends already knew exactly where they were going WAY before I had any idea where I wanted to go. Of course, I had my decision narrowed down to about three different schools, but I had no idea how to choose between them. I did not make my official decision to become a Muskie until about January-February of my senior year—so remember, you have plently of time. The most important thing that you can be doing right now is applying to the schools you are thinking about and receiving those super exciting letters of acceptance in the mail!

Once you realize that it is only Novemeber, and you have time left to decide where you are going, take a breath. The decision isn’t going to be any easier if you are constantly stressing over it. Try to just put it on the back burner. What I mean by this is to stop constantly analyzing over pros and cons of each school and just forget about your decision for a few days. When I did this, I found that my attention was becoming redirected toward a school in particular and I had decided that I wanted to revisit this school as soon as possible.

Revisit schools. Once you get down to your top three or four schools, revisit them if you haven’t done so already. You will get a completely new experience the second time you visit vs. the first because you will be more focused on what is going on around you rather than being caught up in “another college campus”. Also, I suggest that you go on a different day of the week (maybe a weekday versus a weekend day) allowing for a new experience and different atmosphere.

Just remember, you will know when it is time to make the decision. If you are at the point where you don’t know what school to choose, take a step back and remember to breathe. I promise it will come to you out of the blue and you will say, “I know where I want to go now.” It may sound like a cliché’ statement, but it is very true! It may come when you revisit a school, get a phone call from a prospective coach, or even in some weird dream you had one night. But while this is all going on around you, don’t forget to enjoy the rest of your senior year, because you can’t get back the days that are passing behind you and trust me, the second half of the year is going to go twice as fast as your first! SO ENJOY IT!

Have a great rest of the week and weekend!
Ashley 🙂

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