Following the old adage, â€œwell-begun is half-done,â€ I’d like to suggest that you begin your college search by taking some time to think seriously about why it is you want to go to college in the first place and about what, once you get there, you hope to gain. In other words, the more thought you give now to what it is you think you want to learn and experience in college, the better informed will be your decisions. Otherwise, you’re likely to find yourself in the situation akin to that of trying to decide whether to drive, fly, or take a train without first deciding where you want to go.
Set aside some quiet time in order to reflect frankly on your strengths and weaknesses: think about what it is that you now know, are especially interested in, do well, or just plain enjoy and, therefore, would like an opportunity to continue to pursue in college; and about what it is, on the other hand, that you don’t know (but think you should) or don’t do particularly well (but hope to learn to do better) and, therefore, also want to pursue in college. (more…)