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Accepted! Picking the College that’s Right for You

March 31, 2011 / Posted by in Blog

With acceptance letters rolling in, high school seniors across the world are trying to make one of the biggest decisions of their lives: where to go to college. There are a lot of things for students to consider when making their final decisions. One part, often overlooked, is the extra curricular and club activities offered by each college or university. While both Cornell and Emory are known for their Greek Life, MIT is recognized for its diversity. Ole Miss (University of Mississippi) is renowned for its athletics, but Lee University tops the rankings in community service. In Boston, one could excel in Northeastern or Wentworth’s cooperative education, or become culturally rich through BU’s well-known study abroad programs. The truth is, each school is known for something. So, with that in mind, it is important for students to be aware of what their “something” is while making their college decision.

As a freshman entering college, figuring out how to become an active participant in your school’s community may seem at first to be a daunting and overwhelming task. The wide variety of opportunities and activities available to join could be exciting or very confusing. As a junior at Boston University, I can say that with strong conviction! At BU, the freshman activities expo, “Splash,” hosts every club and activity available for students to join at one school-wide event each year. “Splash” was a wonderful experience; however, every club looked so interesting and fun that I successfully joined over 20 clubs that day! As time went on, I began only participating in the clubs that truly drew upon my interests. From my experience, I recommend that, despite all the fun activities offered, students should select activities and hobbies that will enrich their college experience. As the old saying goes, quality not quantity is what truly counts, and what will truly impact a student’s life. It is important for students to learn about the resources and extra curricular activities available at each college before deciding where to attend. After all, utilizing valuable campus resources can create a truly rewarding and fulfilling college experience!

-Written by Allison Manfreda

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