Finding the right school: College search can be challenging

By Katie Farrell
Times-News correspondent

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High school seniors should look for a college where they can succeed academically while "feeling at home." [Metro Creative Graphics

   For high school seniors, trying to figure out what your next move is can be a difficult task.
Not only are you faced with what seems like a never-ending workload from teachers, but suddenly you’re expected to figure out what to do with the rest of your life. For some, that’s an easy thing to face. For others, it’s something to avoid at all costs.
One of the most challenging aspects of approaching graduation can be navigating the college search process. What school is going to be the best fit for you? Where will feel most “at home” to you? Which university offers what you want to study? And, of course, can you afford the school of your dreams with what you have?
For recent college graduate Kylene Mccoy of Mebane, finding the money was the hard part.
“I paid for my schooling myself,” Mccoy said. “I was looking for the absolute cheapest option I could find.”
Though it may not have been the best location for her arts degree, Mccoy added that Alamance Community College has an incredibly diverse community. It was a plus to an otherwise stressful part in her life.
Though the college search process can be taxing, there are ways to get around the hard parts and it’s ultimately worth it if you go after what you want.
“Find somewhere that you feel you belong and can academically succeed,” said Sydney Thornton, a graduate of Graham High School’s class of 2016. “One of my favorite things about Elon is how small the classes are. I am lucky to be able to ask questions during classes and my professors actually know my name.”
   Thornton is studying Biochemistry at Elon and will graduate in 2020.
Public, private and community colleges are all options for undergraduate degrees — it all depends on what you want to study, where you want to be and what you can pay for. There are pros and cons to all of them and below is a list of three schools, one of each type to help students decide what’s right for you.
College is an investment, and doing your research is important.

Katie Farrell is a senior at Queens University of Charlotte and a Teens & 20s writer.

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