Choosing a College: The Real “Indecision 2012”

Choosing a College: The Real “Indecision 2012”

Tamar McCollom and Megan Freeman

Congratulations! You’ve been accepted to college. You’re a star, a winner, in fact. You are the chosen one. Pop some Martinelli’s and celebrate. You deserve it.

What’s that you say? You have no idea which of the stellar educational institutions is right for you? You have no clue which exalted school you should select above all others? Well, have no fear. We’ve been there, and we have some time-tested tests to help you choose which school you should attend.

 

1. The Pick-a-Narwhal Test

Bear with us. The Pick-a-Narwhal Test might sound unorthodox (it is), but it is our most effective method, yet. Essentially, have your friends draw or find pictures of different narwhals. Then, have them assign a different school to each narwhal picture without telling you which is which. Then, you have to pick a narwhal. Of course, you have no idea which school each narwhal represents, so you don’t know which school you have selected. Then, have your friends reveal to you which school your chosen narwhal represents.  What is your immediate internal reaction? Did you just think, “Dang, that wasn’t the school I was rooting for?” or did you just breathe a sigh of relief? Trust your immediate reaction. If you weren’t enthused about your narwhal, that’s a good sign that you aren’t enthused about that school. If you were excited about the results, then you have chosen the school.

 

2. Go scream outside.

Go outside, preferably directly outside your front door, and scream this:

“MY NAME IS (INSERT YOUR FULL NAME), AND I GO TO (INSERT SCHOOL NAME HERE)!”

Scream this for each of the contenders. Which one felt the best? Did you feel more strongly about one? Did you feel more proud saying one? Did one just sound better or more natural? Did you scream louder for one? All of these are good signs that you have a favorite school.

 

3. Compare mascots, and decide which would win in a battle.

 

4. Go with your gut. 

Let’s face it: it’s April 20. You have a little more than a week to decide which school to go to, and the three ideas above are probably only making you more concerned. But don’t panic. You can stress over every minute detail of the schools, you can make charts, matrices, and lists, but at the end of the day, you really just have to go with what feels right. Yes, it’s a cliché, but it’s a good one. Trust your instincts. No matter which school you choose, you’re going to get a fine education and have a good time. And if you get to college and you find you’re not happy, apply to transfer! Nothing is set in stone.