Buying a college education-because that’s what you are doing, purchasing what the college has to offer-is like buying clothes, a song on itunes, or a book on Amazon.com. You know great stores and designers, musicians and authors you love-over the years you have figured out what’s right for you.
Now, the question is, which colleges are right for you? It’s your job to discover which environments will provide you with the best education and social life… because if you don’t do your homework and find the right matches, the colleges will do that work for you by rejecting your application. That’s a scenario to be avoided for a few reasons: because it will upset you, and you will realize that your effort was a waste of time and money.
Going to college is not about making a vanity choice. It’s a huge investment, and the colleges you choose need to be places where you feel both comfortable and challenged. Maybe your list of colleges will include an Ivy or a Big 10 school or maybe schools that are not on everyone’s lips… I’d suggest looking at a wide variety of possibilities. It is your work to uncover the answer because it’s your future.
Information you need to know in today’s NY Times, Full Disclosure for Student Borrowers