Posts Tagged ‘decisions’

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.