There is probably a college out there that you love even if you don’t realize it yet.
Finding your dream college isn’t easy, but it can be fun. And if you want to go to a college that you love, stay with me.
33% of students drop out of college in their first year. About the same percentage transfer colleges before graduation. We need to face the facts.
Most people don’t know how to find schools they will love.
Finding a college is like finding your dream job or finding a life partner. This is serious business. The college you choose will define who you are.
Would you take a job just because the company made the most money in the industry?
No. You’d want to make sure the salary was sufficient, the hours were reasonable, and your co-workers were friendly.
Would you marry someone because they had the most prestigious job?
Probably not. You may weigh their job into your decision, but you’d also care about their personality, goals, and how you felt being in their presence.
Why do so many students choose a college just because it is ranked highly on a list?
Or because it is where their cousin attended?
Or because they like the mascot?
This is a big decision.
When you choose a place you love, it can change your life.
You will define your career.
You will build lifelong friendships.
And you will fundamentally change the way you view the world.
The Find Your Dream College Series
If you are a junior in high school, now is the time for you to start putting together your college list. If you are a sophomore or freshman, you are in luck – you will get a head start.
Over the next few months, I am introducing my first series. I am going to teach you how to find the college of your dreams.
Every other Monday, I will be releasing an installment of this series to anyone who signs up (no worries – it is totally free).
Here is the schedule:
March 3rd: Going to College and the Meaning of Life
In the grand scheme, what is the point of college really? Why does this matter? Hint: I am not going to tell you it is because you need to get a high-paying job and this is the only way to do it.
March 17th: How to Be Smart in a World of Dumb Students
You need to forget everything you’ve been told about going to college before you can figure out what you really want. In this post, we’ll help you get rid of the misconceptions constantly being tossed around by schools, counselors, and the media.
March 31st: How to Take Charge of Your College Search
This post will be about defining your priorities. What kinds of characteristics really matter? What types of schools will really make you happy? We’ll figure out what makes you tick because until you know that, it will be hard to find your dream school.
April 14th: How to Find Your True Match
Armed with a list of your priorities, it is time to figure out how to match them to colleges. In this post, I’ll show you how.
I am trying something new this time. Instead, of posting these posts publicly (at least initially), I ask you to sign up if you are interested in reading them.
As I said, it is absolutely free. No strings attached.
I’m changing things up because I have put a lot of time into my posts in the past, and I like to know who is actually reading them. I also want to open the lines of communication so that you can respond to my posts with your questions. So if you are interested, please sign up below. I will email all four of these posts to you on the dates they are released.
High school juniors – the next year is going to be one of the most important years of your life. I look forward to helping you make the process just a little bit better.