Choosing which college to attend is not easy and can actually be one of the biggest decisions that someone might make. There are a ton of things to consider when picking a college. In the end, my decision came down to choosing between which opportunities I could take advantage of immediately and what the location of the school was like.
From the time I was a sophomore in high school, I always told my parents that I didn’t want to go to college in Pennsylvania, the state that I grew up in. In fact, I didn’t want to stay in the north at all. I was dead set against even applying to schools in the north. I was tired of the cold and the snow and just wanted to be somewhere that was warmer year-round. Since we took a family vacation to North or South Carolina each year and I really liked that area, I focused my search in those states.
In the summer before my junior year of high school, my parents and I spent part of our vacation visiting schools in the two states. From that point on, I dreamed of attending the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (UNC). I truly and honestly loved it there. Still, we also took a tour of Coastal Carolina which I also thought was incredible. Plus, Coastal is only a short distance from the beach. I decided that I would apply to both of them, along with some other schools in the area. I still never even considered applying to schools in Pennsylvania.
However, as my senior year rolled around and I started to realize that nothing is really a sure bet, I decided to apply to a few schools in the north. The only problem was that I didn’t choose these schools based on anything substantial. I applied to the University of Pittsburgh just because I liked the Cathedral of Learning, and Susquehanna University just because I had an application fee waiver and a friend who was already attending the school. I wasn’t really all that excited about either one of them at the time. Little did I know that Susquehanna would become a real contender in my ring of colleges.
Unfortunately, the out-of-state acceptance rate at UNC is fairly miniscule, so I didn’t manage to get accepted there. It was the only school that I didn’t get accepted to, and my world was kind of shaken afterwards. I had my heart set on UNC and all of the sudden I didn’t even have the option to go there. Once I was able to wrap my mind around that, I started narrowing down my other choices. By the winter, I had decided that I would probably attend either Susquehanna or Coastal Carolina, but I was having a hard time choosing between the two.Want to know more? Click here to request information from Coastal Carolina University!
On one hand, Coastal was close to the beach and in an area that I had always wanted to live in. Not to mention, they have a business program with a ton of accreditations, which leads to a great degree. Susquehanna, though, was offering me a lot of money and an assistance-ship research program for all four of my undergraduate years. Like I said, I was forced to choose between an immediate opportunity and location.
To help make my decision, my parents and I visited each school again, which is easier said than done when you live twelve hours from one of the schools.
Visiting Susquehanna was incredible and very individualized. They really wanted me to go there. The only problem was that it was a really, really cold day when we visited and I hate that cold. When I visited Coastal again in April, I fell in love with the campus again. I loved the atmosphere on campus, the weather, and I knew that I would be able to make my own opportunities there. I also liked the size of the school, and the fact that they were growing constantly.
So, even though I don’t think my mom was too excited about a rash decision, I decided to commit to Coastal right after our tour. I usually don’t make quick decisions like that, but I had been trying to make this decision for months and after the tour I just knew that it was the place for me. To be completely honest with you, I was right. The school is great and I have found the opportunities that I was looking for. I’m really happy here at Coastal, and it’s all because I followed what my heart was telling me!
Colleges I Visited:
- Coastal Carolina University
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- University of Pittsburgh