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Any advice for high school students on their college search?

  • Marielle Foster '16
    It's hard to have perspective in those years, because high school is a quintessential bubble. Think about the academics, the level of interactions with professors, how kind and helpful people are when you visit. When I visited Carleton, everyone stopped to give me directions, share anecdotes or make suggestions about things I should try. That sort of welcoming and inclusive attitude is rare, and special. Also, taking a year off was the best decision I made before coming to college.
  • Caffi Meyer '15
    Don't stress out! The college search can be nerve-racking but it doesn't have to be a scary decision. I tried my best to relax throughout the process and reminded myself that every school has redeeming qualities.
  • Ben Bedore '13
    Apply early, and often. Make sure that you visit the schools you're considering. Try to get a sense of how the campus feels and ask yourself if you could grow and learn in that environment. And make sure you enjoy your senior year of high school along the way.
  • Emily Balczewski '16
    Unless you are certain of the type of school you want to attend (hint: small, liberal arts, starts with "C," and ends with "ton"), apply to a range colleges of different sizes, locations, teaching philosophies, and social atmospheres. The college application process makes you realize things about yourself and your expectations for college that you may not have known when you made your first "short list." Keeping your options open is a valuable thing!
  • Anna Chance '15
    Listen to your parents, listen to your peers, listen to your counselor—but also listen to yourself. If you find a school that fits YOU, then follow that intuition. I was hard-pressed to go to Vassar or Cornell by my family—and, even though they are great institutions, they were not the right fit for me.
  • Sam Chao '16
    Unless you have to stick to a certain region of the world, cast a wide net - look at schools on the east coast, the west coast, the midwest, or around the world. It might be a little more work to research schools, but it'll pay off if you find a school that suits your needs (even if it ends up being a school somewhere in Minnesota).