What You Should Consider When Choosing a College

Ezequiel Urcino , Staff Reporter

One of the hardest decisions to make during senior year is to choose which college to spend the next four years of your life at. Though it is a difficult process, there are many ways to narrow down your choices. Most commitments are due by May, so you should have plenty of time. The first thing you should look at is money. How much is the tuition? How much will you receive in scholarships? These questions are very important because they will determine the affordability of the college. Though money is not everything, it is still best to search for all the aid you are eligible to receive. Another important thing to look at is job placement. You will want to be able to find a job after graduating, and colleges with high job placement rates will definitely help you find your dream job. The best way to prepare is to look for internships and interviews during junior or senior year of college. Finally, the environment is also a big factor. It is important to get a feel of what the area is like and the students who already go to the same college. That is why college visits are very important. You will get a sense of what the environment is like in one day. For example, if you do not like big cities, you may want to find a college that is remote from cities. But if you are open to living in a city, visiting thar college is important to know whether or not you will be comfortable. Moreover, you do not have to make these decisions on your own. Ask your parents for help or your counselor at the PPS office. They will definitely help choose the right path for you.