At this time of year, many students have been accepted to multiple programs and universities. While this is an exciting time, the decision-making process can feel overwhelming and daunting. You might be influenced by what your peers are doing or what your relatives are saying. Or, you might be feeling pressured to accept the “best” university…
Here are our tips to help with that almighty question: where should I go??
- Create a list of your values. What are the things you care most about over your next four years? This list may include (but not limited to) things such as distance from home, ability to add a certain minor, the opportunity to play a sport or join a club, work experience programs, the flexibility of curriculum, class sizes, and/or research opportunities. This is the first step in decision-making.
- Have you researched the curriculum? What does first-year entail? Which courses are required in your first year? What electives can you take?
- Seeing as we can’t physically visit many schools this year, have you done a virtual tour? You can also explore the school and surrounding area on Google Earth!
- Now it’s time to rank the schools based on your values. You may see a pattern emerge—either supporting your gut instinct or perhaps opening up some options you hadn’t really considered before.
Remember, there is no “right” choice—only the right choice for YOU. As I often say to my students, “choose a place where you will shine”. Above all—enjoy the decision-making process. This is an exciting time of your life, and while any decision will involve change, embrace it and know that any choice you make is going to be a good one as long as it’s well thought out.
If you need help thinking through your options, our consultants are here for you. Contact us today to book an appointment.