Hi y’all, welcome back to Cleverly Caroline! Today I’ll be talking about how and why I chose BU and how you can decide which school is right for you. It’s almost April 1, which means most admissions decisions are already out. March 2018 was one of the most stressful months of my life, I was constantly worried about decisions and I checked my email constantly for subject lines reading: “Your admission decision is ready to be viewed”
While waiting to hear back from colleges, it became apparent to me that BU was my top choice. I don’t know what it was in particular that swayed me, but I knew Boston was the school for me. When I got that email from BU, I was eager to open the applicant portal to see if I would be spending my next four years in Boston. I opened the portal that morning and started crying. I had gotten into my top school, but not how I expected. I was admitted for January 2019, which left me confused and disoriented. I was suddenly unsure if Boston was the place for me.
I spent the next few weeks weighing my options. Should I choose a school with a better scholarship that I liked less? Should I choose a school where I could start in the Fall or were my two January admissions better choices? I still knew I loved BU but I didn’t know if starting in the Spring was a good plan for me. I made a pros and cons list to compare other top candidates, but ultimately I was unable to find anything about BU that was decisive enough to make me decline my offer.
My decision to attend Boston University was based on several factors, and these may help you decide which school if the best for you as well.
Since I was a kid, I have loved Boston. It’s a beautiful city with rich history, beautiful museums, and great food. Growing up, I visited my grandparents in the suburbs every year, and we would take day trips into the city to visit the Children’s Museum or go shopping on Newbury Street. My sentimental connection to Boston definitely influenced my decision to go here, as well as the opportunities here that I could take advantage of. Being a political science major, studying in the political hub of Massachusetts as well as a city that is essential to the history of the US caught my eye. There are so many opportunities for internships in my field in Boston that I wanted to take advantage of. Lastly, being in a city full of college students, I knew there would be an academic vibe to Boston which would motivate me to be the best student possible.
There’s a reason that BU ranks in the top 40 on every college ranking I’ve seen—the professors are experienced and knowledgeable, the work is difficult, and to classes are interesting. Going to a large school gives me the luxury of having endless course options, from political theory to printmaking to Pilates. In addition to course range, the professors here are top-notch, with degrees from other top-ranking universities, research that entices me, and field experience that betters my knowledge in each class. In addition, I knew I wanted small class sizes, something a big state school couldn’t give me.
When I walked down Bay State Road the Summer before my senior year, I knew I could see myself doing the same thing through four years of college. While I think I could’ve made it work with any college, I didn’t feel as naturally at home as I did at BU. After being accepted, as I did with every school, I joined a group chat of prospective students. In many of them, I felt awkward, but with BU, I felt like part of the group immediately, I could tell that these people were my people. Getting a feel for the vibe of a school definitely requires putting yourself out there more than other factors, but it is well worth it to see if you’re going to like your classmates.
I hope these factors that helped me decide where to go to college can also help you make your decision. I know that senior Spring can be a stressful time, and I wish everyone the best of luck with their college decision process.
Disclaimer: This post was originally published on Cleverly Caroline on March 27, 2019.