Noah: Get to Know Me
If you’ve stumbled across this website, most likely you’re a high school junior or senior looking for advice about college. Whether it’s scholarships, the admissions process, social life, acclimating to being away from home, or what having a roommate will be like, there are plenty of questions to be had. While I’m not an expert, I’m here to give you an unfiltered view of what college is like. My name is Noah Elmore, and I’m documenting my first year as a college freshman.
First, there’s some background information you need to know about me, and who I am. I’m a simple, fun-loving guy, with a ton of interests. I love art, music, specifically hip-hop, sports, my phone, keeping up to date with the news, theatre, improv comedy, Kanye West, spending time with my wonderful girlfriend, Tori, and hanging out with my best friends. The last two years of my life were spent at the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities, on Ball State University’s campus, in Muncie, Indiana. It is a residential high school for gifted and talented juniors and seniors across the state of Indiana. So while it’s not exactly college, I already have had an opportunity to experience some of the changes that come with college. Living hours away from home, adjusting to a roommate, buying books, dorm rules, and other issues of that sort. This year, I’ll be attending Robert Morris University in Chicago, IL, where I’ll be majoring in Business.
Since you’re here, it means you’re thinking about college. And that’s great! College is an investment in your future, and you can use the education you receive to hopefully pursue your dreams. However, this process can be daunting, there’s certainly a lot to it. It gets easier if you ask yourself some questions, though. First, ask what kind of student you are. I knew when I was applying, I was definitely not Ivy League material, so I didn’t even bother wasting my time. If you understand what level student you are, it makes the application process easier.
Second, remember that there’s an application fee, and you can only go to one college. Unless your pockets are endless pits of money, I recommend not filling out more than five or six applications. An easy rule to follow is two reaches, that are long shot dream schools, two feasible options, that you think you’ll get into, and two fall back options, in case everything goes to hell. Third, look for schools that offer what you want as a major, and offer it well. This can help remove colleges from the list you’re applying to. If you’re unsure of yourself, don’t worry. Being undecided is fine, and gives you a lot of flexibility. Fourth, you should look at cost. Every case is different, and if it’s really worth the 200,000 dollars to go to your dream school to you, then do it. But if you’re like me, and money is a factor, do some time researching what the cost of tuition and room and board will be for four years so you’re aware of the amount of debt you may acquire.
I could spout on for days about some of the intricacies of what my experience was, but then no one would read it, and I wouldn’t have any content for later. Remember, every experience is unique, and what works for someone else, may not work for you. This is just my advice, and what I learned. The easiest way to get started is to get to researching. Google is your friend. Find out what kind of student you are, remember not to get carried away, think of your major, and be cognizant of cost.
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