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Choose A Right College Wisely

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Choose A Right College Wisely by Kylie745 I have been so thankful I listened to many older people's suggestions when I started applying to college last fall. If I did not accept many of them, I swear I would have regretted. At the

Choose A Right College Wisely

by Kylie745

I have been so thankful I listened to many older people's suggestions when I started applying to college last fall. If I did not accept many of them, I swear I would have regretted.

At the beginning of the college application process, all I was thinking about was "to choose the one I love". I did not want anyone to bother me—I thought I could make the right decision myself. But it was wrong, so wrong. Until November last year, I had only four colleges on my school list, three of which were about-the-same schools while the last one was one of the top schools in the US. At the time mistakenly, I thought going to a top school was not a good idea at all, and I applied just for fun, knowing that I would not be accepted because I did not put much effort on it. The three other schools were all isolated in small towns with quite small student body; they were not known, not academically or environmentally good I was so immature I thought that was what I should get for myself to spend thousands of US dollars on.

In the mid of November, my uncle talked to me, asking me what schools I had in mind. I proudly told him what I was aiming at. He did not get mad or anything. Instead, he analyzed that in the US, there was a large range of colleges and universities, and only applying to one of the smallest portion should not be enough. I argued that the big good schools were extremely competitive and expensive. Plus, I wanted to go to quiet places—I am tired of being in busy citied. Desperately I cried and still only wanted to go to a small college. Fortunately, when a family member, or a friend is giving you advice, he or she is definitely NOT trying to hurt you. (I realize that later and am so thankful for the people who have suggested on my colleges.) If someone tends to hurt you, he would not even bother talking or advising you. My uncle, knowing I was crying on the other side of the phone, said calmly: "just apply to any school you think is good or you like. Do not worry about getting accepted or rejected, or money for now. You never know what you can do. Be confident and believe you can do it. If you would ever be rejected, all they could say is NO and nothing else." Isn't it right? All they can do is to say no and nothing else!

So starting in mid November, I did college research over again. I went to websites talking about colleges and lives and expense of colleges in the US. With wider sight, I found more than 10 schools I wanted to go, most of which were located in big fantastic cities with abundant opportunities like NYC, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia. They were some liberal art colleges, research universities and those top 10 schools in the US. Before I started applying to any of them, I asked my uncle and my dad's opinions; I talked to the people from my American school and other places I knew; I also exchanged our views on colleges with my fellow students in school, asking them what they thought on the schools. Until the December 31st deadline for most of the schools, I was still doing research while applying and doing interviews. It has been an extremely busy time but a time helped me know myself more and know what I really wanted and should get.

I knew that my family and I are investing on my education. What we want out of this expense is not just a peaceful mind, but an educated person who can contribute to the family and society. In a known university in a bigger city, education, work and life experience enable a person to grow more strongly and wisely—not a small LAC in a small town, it is possible to make someone succeed but in a risky way. Meanwhile, you do not want to go to the US and live in a small town. If so, why do you bother coming to the US? No, at least I do not think I myself should spend thousands of dollars on isolating myself from the wonderful world of opportunities.

Although I regretted spending time and energy on the first three colleges I applied to, I was happy and thankful because I did not limit myself all the time. At the end I applied to 14 schools, 11 of which accepted me, most of the 11 offered me scholarship. The three schools I got rejected from were Harvard, MIT and JHU. I did love to go to one of these schools. It would be so amazing if I got accepted. But the applicant pool was too competitive and excellent. But just applying to these schools was exciting and made people nervous. I actually had hope of getting accepted when I applied to these top schools and had interviews with their alumni. No matter what the result was, I could learn a lot of stuff and gain much more knowledge than studying in classroom. At the same time, I learn to believe myself. Who knows what would happen? The American schools always say it is very competitive for international students to get scholarship, which is intimidating and scares students away. But guess what? The school I am going to also says the same thing, but I am offer $15,000 a year, which is half of the tuition. That does not help a lot for the burden of tuition, but it is better and it proves that, as long as you try, chances are around the corner! Chances are for those who are ready. If I had not applied, I were not ready, I would get NO chance.

So choose a college wisely, by your heart, by listening to other people, and DO a lot of research. Lastly and most importantly, do not doubt yourself, believe in yourself.

Dear,

thanks for the opportunity for me to speak out. This essay is from my heart. Nothing fake or dishonest. I truly hope that this can help anybody who wants to study in the US from China or anywhere else, especially he or she is CHINESE! I am currently studying in an American-based international school in Thailand. If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.

Best wishes!

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