The Advantages of Uncertainty
As deadlines for college applications loom nearer, I feel I can hardly put it off any longer. The time has come to narrow down my list of college choices and decide where to apply: a choice that will undoubtedly affect my life dramatically. Since this has been a source of perpetual stress for many months now, I decided to ask my dad for some advice. When I told him I was worried because I didn't know where I wanted to go and what I wanted to study when so many of my friends did, he smiled at me and told me something I hadn't thought of before. He told me that it was better to be unsure, so that you can take advantage of opportunities that come along. While others are so focused and driven, they miss out on the chance to explore and learn about themselves. He told me he didn't decide he wanted to go to medical school until the end of his Junior year in college. If he had been too focused on doing something else he wouldn't have switched his major and ended up where he is today. So flexibility is a good thing. He also told me that biology class is always biology, and physics is always physics- no matter where I go. There is no one "right" college for me, there are many places I can be happy. So for all the students who are worried and stressed right now at this time of year, remember that life many take you some unexpected places, but that can be a good thing. Be open to all possibilities and don't be afraid that you need to have everything figured out.
This is from a list of the top ten common college application mistakes.
5. YOU DECIDE THERE IS ONLY ONE "RIGHT" COLLEGE
There is no single "right" college for you. There are probably several. Before you begin to narrow your options, do everything you can to expand them. Look beyond the colleges that are known to you.
Don't apply to colleges where you cannot compete academically. By matching your qualifications and personal characteristics with the profile of admitted students, you'll paint an accurate picture of your chances of being accepted.