People often complain about receiving ridiculous amounts of junk mail and emails. Well, any high school junior or senior can certainly understand this struggle is real.
The instant you become a junior, colleges are suddenly very interested in you (and/or your money) and decide to send an onslaught of advertisements your way. Cue lively brochures with picturesque autumn views of the campus, letters signed by senior vice president associate deans urging you to come visit, and a slew of "exclusive" invitations allowing you the utmost privilege of applying to their esteemed school; the amount of convoluted advertisements schools will send your way is absolutely overwhelming.
With a little over 3,000 colleges and universities nationwide (not including another 1,500 or two-year institutions), simply going on college visits, let alone trying to pick one to actually attend, seems daunting, if not impossible.
Take a deep breath and relax because there is hope.
There are some simple ways to start narrowing down the list, like choosing schools in terms of cost and distance from home. But then the big question arises—that tough decision between small, private liberal arts colleges and the big public universities. While I'm obviously bias because I go to a small school, I can honestly say that I am eternally grateful to go to a small college and not a large university.
Probably the biggest advantage of going to a small college is in terms of connections to professors, something that I believe is essential to success in college. I must really believe it, considering I wrote another post about it a little less than a year ago!
In all seriousness though, I am thoroughly enjoying my classes this semester, and a big part of my enjoyment stems from the relationships I've developed with my professors in only 1 month of classes.
I love how, in my Entomology class, I can be asking Dr. Larsen about the wing venation of a fly one second, and in the next moment we are talking about how our days are going or Dr. Larsen is telling me the crazy story about how he found the foot-long Borneo walking stick that he has on display on the wall.
I love how in my religion class, the Bible and Christian Faith, I can have deep conversation about faith in a small classroom setting that includes Professor Nave, rather than a 300-student lecture hall where teaching is all one-sided.
I love how, in my Chemistry class, I can stay after class and ask Professor Michels about quantum numbers and atomic orbitals and she takes time to thoroughly go through problems with me.
I guess what I am trying to say is that I greatly appreciate the face-to-face interaction between students and professors at Luther.
I am spending thousands of dollars a year to go to college–and it is nice to know that my professors at Luther are as invested in my education as I am.