Choosing a College

By Briana, age 19, Pennsylvania
Sweet Designs Staff Intern
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For any high school junior or senior, or even college students planning to transfer, choosing a college is a tough decision. There are so many things to consider when trying to find the perfect school for you. So as a college student with plenty of experience in this process, I'm going to give you some guidelines to help you find your perfect school!

The first thing you need to do is decide which aspects of the school are most important to you. Usually, these include major, campus size, class size, location, etc. Different things will be more important to different people. I'm going to give a general idea of what you should do for each aspect.

IMPORTANT! You must consider all of these aspects together in order to make the best decision for you. If you only consider one aspect, you may be unhappy with certain others. So make sure you know what's important to you!

MAJOR: Before you can really decide what your perfect school is, you should have some kind of idea what you want to major in. For me, the most important thing my ideal school needed was a major in Musical Theatre. Since my major was so specific, it really helped me to narrow down my options. If you're truly undecided, then think about what kind of job you might like to do. This will help you find a program suited for your needs.

LOCATION: Location is very important in making your decision. Whether you prefer to stay close to home or travel out-of-state, even across the country, will help you narrow down your choices.

TUITION: To some, tuition prices help make their decision. For others, it's only a slight inconvenience. Either way, what you or your parents are willing to pay will strongly affect your choices.

CAMPUS/CLASS SIZES: Depending on your learning methods, you may want to go to a smaller school with a small class size in order to get the most individual attention. Or maybe you really want to meet a lot of people and participate and a slew of clubs on a large campus. This, also, is up to you.

LIVING ARRANGEMENTS: Where you will be living can really affect your college experience, so you should take this into account when choosing a school. When visiting schools, dorms should be clean and not too uncomfortably small. But don't be too picky; most dorms are very small and cramped, so plan to work the space to your liking as much as you can.

MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: I made a list of these things in order of importance. Now I feel that they all are quite important, but some are more imperative than others. For example, I ranked my major as my number one thing. This was important to me, because if a school didn't have the major I was looking for, I didn't need to take the time looking into it. This helped me narrow down my choices quickly. Then I ranked schools based on the other factors. Doing this really simplifies a somewhat tedious and difficult process.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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