In addition to all of the other decisions happening in your crazy-busy high school world as a graduating senior, there’s one choice that’s bigger than you think: Where you decide to live at college.
Thanksgiving is here, complete with food comas, football, and fielding questions from family about what you’re doing with your life.
Maybe it isn't a big deal in your family. Maybe you wanted to be a veterinarian or an engineer or a school teacher since kindergarten, so your college plans come as no surprise to even the most distant relatives around the dinner table.
For others, you may find yourself explaining your choice to go to school out of state, study art history, or don the colors of a sports rival. You may not even know what you want to study, yet.
Don’t panic. We’ve come up with a few suggestions for how to handle your family’s questions about your college this November.
It’s college fair season! Attending a fair is like wandering through a pop-up shopping mall for universities and their degree programs. You can sample the schools who attend, talk with the admissions counselors, and get a taste of the education and experience that each school offers.
Student loan debt – you hear about it everywhere. No matter how much you and your parents prepared and saved for college, the odds are good that you’ll need at least a few loans to get through school. In fact, about 70% of new graduates have outstanding loans to pay back.
If you’re thinking about college, then you’re probably also thinking about money – or, more to the point, costs.
You learned an instrument, joined the band (or maybe several bands), and generally fell in love with the musician’s life. Now, with college on the horizon, you started entertaining the thought of taking your love of music with you to school and making it your major.