Thursday, July 15, 2010
We can all agree with Don- students don't want to leave their comfort zone and want to attend school close to home... and there is NOTHING wrong with this decision. If anything, it is the best and right decision for most. As for me, I don't want to lose the people I grew up with in my life and my middle/ high school years. We watched each other grow as a person and character. Leaving them for college is already one big decision, but leaving them for a different state is an even bigger decision. There are many reasons behind this and we all understand how difficult it is to transition elsewhere, meet a whole new set of people, adapt to the atmosphere, and learn to survive and thrive. Leaving your comfort zone and expanding your boundaries can be rewarding as well. The learning and living experience you get to be in is almost indescribable.
For me, it would be wrong to ignore the UC system. UCLA, UCSD, and UCI will definitely be schools that I consider. UCD, UCSB, and UCSD are great schools too but never interested me as much as the first three. still there are four more schools in the UC system that may suit others taste perfectly. California offers some well-respected privates including USC which I have heard great things about aside from the "rural area" aspect of it.
Two of which Sue Kim recommended for me to explore -- Occidental and Loyola Marymount -- are also located in Los Angeles. Occidental offers too small of an undergraduate enrollment (1,863) and Loyola barely made it to my size of preference (5,746). I want to be able to meet new people and see different faces up until my senior year, and I would prefer a school of 5,000 or greater.
Ms. Kim gave me a few other choices to explore, and some are located in states that are "random" to the most of us. Going out of state already requires a lot of audacity thus I want to attend somewhere not so random. Brown University was an unknown area to me before, but now I can say that I would be more than happy if Brown admits me as an incoming freshman. I have gained so much information and insight on this prestigous university and am learning to appreciate it more and more each day. I have the most information about this school - surprising.
I can't put my finger on my top 10 choices, but I can say that together with Ms. Kim, I have come up with factors that I want in my college: diverse student body, high-energy and laid-back atmosphere, and lots of school spirit. A warm weather location would be highly appreciated as well. I know Ms. Kim and I will narrow down our choices of in-state and out-of-state colleges together and work from there.