I was just clicking around on Clark University’s site, checking out my alumni information-in need of an update-checking out a pretty funny youtube video made by a Clarkie, “Discovering the Clarkie” http://clarkvoices.clarku.edu/ and listening to a few podcasts… It became clear to me (again!) that Clark has really crafted their message… who they are and what matters to them. You can hear their messages loud and clear at http://www.clarku.edu/admitted/virtualopenhouse.cfm?playvid=6
Yea, I know that financial woes are THE hot topic… and yet, you need to think about all the variables in the equation:
Being happy @ college = Finding the right place
The “right place” = challenging academically, comfortable socially (whatever that means to you), near enough/far enough from home, affordable
You have to pick a place that is a fit for you…. think of your favorite blue jeans-you feel great, you look great, and you are confident in them… you’re ready to do your best.
Wherever you look – from the college down the road to one across the country – the search is all about -> who you are, what you want and need to do your best work, and finding places to have a great time doing it.
So yes, money is something to think seriously about… and don’t fall for the “common wisdom” that state schools are ultimately cheaper that private colleges.
Your highest priority is knowing yourself, learning about the colleges/universities (beyond their marketing hype), and making matches that fall within three categories – your likelies, possibles, and reaches – and those that are financially realistic.
Can you see yourself there?
If you can’t… strike it from your list.
If you want help figuring it out, write me!