Countdown to College

Today I received another letter from another college.  I’ve been getting letters from colleges all year.  At first, it was kind of cool and special to get my own mail and to learn about all these colleges that I’ve never heard of.  But now it’s just old, and they usually go right in the recycle bin.  The one I got today is from Elmhurst College.  Whether I’m interested in a college or not usually starts with where it is located.  I would rather go to school somewhere close to home.  If the school’s address is in a town I’ve never heard of, I pull up Google Earth and type it in.  Turns out that Elmurst is close to Chicago, which is too far for me.

There are a few reasons why I want to go to college somewhere that is close to here.  First, I wouldn’t want to feel too intimidated or lonely, and I’m afraid that that would happen if I was in a town I had never been to.  Second, if Matt and I are still together, it would definitely be a factor in considering how far from home I want to go.  He wants to go to a school that isn’t too far from here, and he has already said that he probably wouldn’t want to try a long-distance relationship.  I know that some people might say that I shouldn’t decide where to go based on my boyfriend, and I understand that.  But by the time we graduate, we will have been together for 3 years.  If we can make it that long, then maybe we could do a long-distance relationship, but if it’s not something he wants, I have to decide between him and a school that’s far away.  I guess that’s something to think about when I get there, but all of these college brochures are telling me that I have to start figuring out what I want now!

Elmhurst is offering to send me a booklet called Countdown to College (hence the name of this post) and I guess I would like that.  I need all the help I can get.  When it comes to high school requirements, I’m pretty sure I have everything I need.  By graduation, I will have been in AFJROTC for 4 years, and that will probably look good on a resume.  Also, this year I’m taking AP U.S. History and College Prep English.  Actually, this year will probably have the biggest course load that I’ll have in high school.  Am I nervous?  Nah……maybe.



  1. Alexadria Said:

    I know that some people might say that I shouldn’t decide where to go based on my boyfriend.

    You shouldn’t, you should go to the best school you can afford, or the best school that also offers you the best scholarship/financial aid package.

    Idk where you live or what school you are considering, but the difference between the top tier schools and local U are huge.

    I’m at the University of Chicago, we beat out Harvard as the best university in North America the last two years running, the opportunities to get real experience in your field are incredible, and we are taught by Nobel prize winners.

    I sware I come across stuff written by professors at backwater U and I’m convinced they got their PhDs from the bottom of a cereal box.

    As for boyfriends, um well it has more to do with small towns than anything else. He may be the best fishy in that little pond, but Chicago is an Inland sea (meaning huge), lots and lots of fishies in this sea…Not that you have a lot of time to play with them as you always have class work, which is why long distance relationships don’t work most of the time, you are always busy.

    • littleraven Said:

      Thanks for the comment! We still have two years of high school left, so I haven’t really been too worried about college, but I’ve mostly been considering Washington University. I know that Chicago has a lot of great colleges, but since I’m on the other side of the state, I haven’t really checked into any of them. Thanks for the comment though, it reminded me that I really need to keep an open mind about which college to choose.

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