College: What Are Students Looking For?

Picture of Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL.

Picture of Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL.

Planning for the future is hard and high school seniors can’t escape planning for what’s next. Choosing a major is difficult enough but having to pick a college and worry about the tuition of each school is a hassle. While some enjoy the planning process, for others, it’s more complicated than simply narrowing down to a major and minor.

Colleges appear everywhere in an attempt to increase their applicant rate and decrease their acceptance rate. Students are frantic in choosing their colleges with deadlines for applications quickly approaching. Even underclassmen are intimidated to choose a major. College culture makes it seem like that decision impacts the rest of a student’s life, however, at least 80% of college students end up changing their major at least once.

Senior Olivia Guthrie is aspiring to be a dental hygienist after she graduates high school.

“I do plan on achieving [dental school], hopefully,” Guthrie said. “My plan would be community college to see if that is really what I want to do before I go to an expensive school.”

 A major deciding factor for Guthrie was the location. 

 “I do not want to go to a huge school with a lot of kids,” Guthrie continued “For example, at UGA, the first thing I look for when looking at a school is the location. I do not want to be so far [that] it’s an issue driving back to come back home to see family and friends.”

Guthrie had a few recommendations for the underclassman and fellow college searchers and advised students “to not stress too much about college.” and that “there [are] many people that can help you start looking and applying to help lead the way”

So for those worrying about colleges and the future, don’t fret. All seniors are in the same circumstances together. Talk to your peers or visit a guidance counselor for extra help. Booking an appointment with Lambert’s counseling department is a great place to start!