Spring break’s limited engagement has come to an end. For some, it was a staycation with games and practices in full swing. For others, it was relaxing on a beach or touring a foreign city. For me, it was traversing college campuses looking for a new home for the next four years, a detour from my usual trip to sunny paradise.
Attending accepted student days is a significant part of the college process that I was completely unaware of. Once I hit submit on my final college application, I thought I was done. Yet three and a half months after that ominous Jan. 1 deadline, the college process continues! Folders, pens, and the occasional T-shirt were thrown in my face to persuade my decision. At the end of each day, the president’s welcome, student panels, and information sessions left me with a more difficult decision than the day before. Campus and residential tours had me debating city versus rural campus, big or small student body, and most importantly, where I fit best. Every day was a glimpse into my future. Of course, when you find the perfect school, you know it. It may not be in the exact location you had planned or be the exact size that you wanted, but it will have the unique courses, organizations, and opportunities that you seek.