Because I still want to be kind of close near to home, it causes me to look at schools specifically in my state, California. Once I find a school I’m interested in, the next factor for me to hone in on is price. Although I have applied for scholarships and will complete the FAFSA with my parents, this does not guarantee I’ll receive an affordable college education. For my parent’s sake and my own, I will have to strongly evaluate the quality of the education I’ll be receiving and if it is truly worth the price.
“For my parents sake and my own, I will have to strongly evaluate the quality of the education I’ll be receiving and if it is truly worth the price.”
With many students graduating college with $30,000 in student loan debt, it is an important factor to look into early while there’s still time. Finally, I will also be considering what programs are available for the major I hope to pursue. I hope to major in political science and minor in either journalism or psychology. While all of these majors are available at many colleges, this doesn’t mean that your education in certain colleges will be the best. Because I plan to work in these fields when I graduate, it’s important that I get an education that prepares me for what I’ll encounter in these job fields daily.
If I am not equipped with the knowledge and real-world skills I can apply to my job after I leave college, then what is the point of going? If I focus on location, price, and programs for my major while deciding on the colleges I’m interested in, then I hopefully will be able to find a school that I truly love.
Editor’s Note: This essay was written by Christian Parham, winner of the 2017 YuJa Essay Scholarship Contest. Learn more about Christian here.