What’s the Right University for You?
What’s the right university for you? This question has puzzled the majority of students applying to university for decades. First, they ask themselves the difficult question, where do I start? The truth is, it’s hard to pinpoint the best place to direct one’s attention, but it is helpful to know the subject in which one hopes to major. Here are a few questions you should consider asking yourself before doing some research and subsequently narrowing down your prospective colleges list:
1. What subject do I want to pursue?
Not everyone knows the answer to this question. In fact, we’ve seen a trend in universities adopting programs that allow freshman to explore fields including, but not limited to, the sciences, mathematics, philosophy, education, foriegn language, liberal arts and business. However, if you are fortunate enough to know what you want to study, do some research and find programs that are supportive of your educational goals.
2. What are your plans following college?
Do you know your professional goals? If so, you can explore various fields that will benefit your eventual profession. For example, if you hope to go into marketing, both business and communications could be beneficial majors when approaching the professional world. Keep in mind that some colleges provide exceptional opportunities for internships and have an impressive alumni network. Texas A&M, for example, is known for assisting recent graduates in their pursuit of professional work. Graduates have a big presence in Houston, and therefore, if you desire to live in a specific city following graduation, consider universities with a large and impactful alumni network within that city.
3. Are you planning to go to graduate school?
If you hope to become a doctor, lawyer or earn a master’s degree in any capacity, it is wise to select a major that will support this end goal. In doing so, it’s always smart to research graduate degrees and discover which majors, and thus colleges, will assist you in gaining acceptance into your preferred program.
By answering these three questions, you better prepare yourself for the college search, hopefully making the process (slightly) easier.