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Colleges are filling my inbox.

Published January 23, 2013 by Britt


I think I’m going to start adding pictures at the top. Pictures are cool.

College. Most every person in high school wants to go there, or at least the people I know. Then again, these people are learning LAW for crying out loud, so we aren’t really the high school dropout type anyway.

In October I took the PSAT and I made the mistake (I think) of writing my email down in the box. And the colleges won’t shut up. I’ve deleted most of them, but recently I gave up and just glance at who and where it is.

But before I go into what I rule out and what are actually possibilities, let’s look at what I want in a college:

  • Driving distance from home. I don’t want to commute, but I want to be able to go home for the weekend if I want. And I don’t want my parents visiting me all the time.
  • Not huge, but not tiny either. If it has a famous football team, I don’t want it. But I don’t want to go to the tiny college my parents went to. Not that I’m going anyway, since it’s across the city
  • And this one is weird, but I want it to be historical. I’m a huge history nut, and I want it to be well maintained, but with historical value in it.

So basically, as I get these emails, I glance at them and check to see where they are because frequently they leave a nice return address. Some are more vague than others, such as Elon University in North Carolina (I don’t know where Elon is), but most are pretty clear. University of Denver has been bugging me, but Colorado scares me, and Florida as well. There’s something in the water there, I swear. I’ve also ruled out the Virginia Military Institute, mainly because I do NOT want to join the military. I would die. Drexel has bugged me a lot as well, but they just seem mediocre.

All girls schools have been immediately ruled out. Mainly because I fear I’ll be driven nuts by all of the drama. Don’t go saying that’s a stereotype, because ALL girls have drama. ALL OF THEM.

University of Georgia has been recently coming after me, but honestly it’s too big. And as I typed this, University of Delaware came in my email as well. Also too big.

Major contenders have been Gettysburg College, William and Mary, and Washington and Lee. Tulane is a huge maybe, mainly due to distance. William and Mary I’ve seen before, and it is GORGEOUS. And I only found out about Gettysburg last night and I was drooling a little. I’m terrible.

Anyway, readers, you all are quiet. I want to hear comments. What did/do you all look for in a college? What college did you end up picking? What’s your dream school? Leave it in the comments, I’m genuinely curious to know. I’m probably going to do this more often too. Make stuff interesting.

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