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May/10

19

Be Gracious

Well, you have most likely chosen the college you will be attending next fall. That’s great.
If you are lucky enough to have been in the position to have turned down some offers, be thankful- and gracious, to those schools you will not be attending.
Obviously, those you had to say “No thank you” to are great schools. After all, you chose to apply. And the admissions officials did a lot of work on your behalf: reading your application and essay, considering your future and your compatibility at their school. Someone cared about you and considered you a great candidate. So, thank them. Send a personal letter and address it to the admissions official who signed the acceptance letter to you. Let him or her know that you appreciate the consideration. And if the school has a survey, fill it in and honestly answer why you chose another school.
Who knows? Maybe a school you declined will be in your future. You may choose grad school there, or want to transfer. It is not only ensuring yourself a plan B, it is the right thing to do. You appreciated all the kind letters from the colleges that accepted you- be kind back.
All the best!
Lynn

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May/10

19

Choosing a College: Another Dilemma

Dilemma: Big school-Lots of fun OR Small school -Lots of attention
How to choose among the great schools that have accepted you?
It is not uncommon to go into college with great aspirations, only to change majors or, worse, drop out because you were unable to find the resources you needed to master the material.
There is a college for everyone- choose the one that is right for you.
A great campus with lots of fun and activities is a real draw, but if you have chosen major that will challenge you,or know that you are easily distracted, or need extra help from teachers to understand material, maybe the smaller school is for you. I have too frequently heard back from students who, because they were unable to keep sufficient grades, changed majors or changed colleges. There is nothing wrong with transferring, or changing majors when you realize that your original choice is no longer appealing. Just be sure that you are not abandoning your dream for your future in exchange for 4 years of fun.

I am not saying that you will get lost on all large campuses, or that every small campus will offer the attention and direction you need. Just keep your eyes on the prize- a degree, and know the resources available at the schools you are choosing among. Be pragmatic. Opportunities such as class size, professor to student ratio, work/study, internships and on-campus job recruiting matter. Position yourself for success.
The next four years will be amazing, and you will have life changing experiences. Just be sure that you are preparing yourself for a lifetime of excitement, stability, and job satisfaction, also.
All the best!
Lynn

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