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How BR Students Pick a College

By: Jaydon Barile/Junior Writer

For those who are going to college after high school, finding the perfect fit is important. There are more than 4,350 colleges across the United States, so making a decision can be daunting.

Some Blue Ridge seniors think it is important to focus on a school choice with solid academics and other opportunities, such as athletics and a variety of extracurricular offerings.

BR senior Connor Sauer, who would like to attend Georgia University, says, “I look for both academics and good sport teams” [when considering a college].

Those who plan to live on campus point out that students need to be comfortable with their surroundings.

BR senior Sophia Bianchi says:

“I look for a campus with nice scenery. But, even more important to me is a school’s academic focus. For example, does the school have resources to help students study and succeed academically? Does the school help place students in a career after college? Those things are pretty important. so, I think they should be part of the the school’s environment.”

Every college has different majors, and just because a school has a major of the same name as another school does not mean the program looks the same at both schools, say some BR college applicants.

BR senior Carli Thornton explains, “It is important to have a good, solid program at the college I choose. I want to make sure that the campus has good programs and events.”

Most BR seniors says that researching possible college choices is stressful, mostly because they wish to make sure they find a perfect fit.

BR senior Leigha McCain says: “Traveling to visit colleges is a fun experience, overall, but actually choosing where you spend the next few years is stressful. There are also many aspects to take into consideration when choosing a college, which makes it stressful as well.”

“The main question I ask myself on a visit is whether or not I can spend the next six years of my life there. It is all about feeling comfortable, not only with the program of interest, but about where I will be living and if it will feel like home,”

says McCain.

Read more on Blue Ridge Students and Colleges: https://www.raiderreader.org/br-seniors-top-picked-colleges/

More advice for looking for colleges: https://www.concordiacollege.edu/stories/details/top-10-factors-for-choosing-a-college/

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Jaydon Barile
Jaydon Barile
Jaydon Barile is 16 years old and is currently a junior at Blue Ridge High School who lives in New Milford. He hopes to pursue a career as a restaurant owner. Jaydon Barile is trying to do well in highschool to give him more opportunities to go to college. This is Jaydon’s first year in journalism and he hopes to bring attention to different events that happen in his school.
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