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Finding the Right College

By Sofia Garza

The search for the right college is a challenging task regardless of your circumstances. If your

decision was anything like mine, then you had a long list of likes and dislikes that you imposed

upon each university website. They all promised the same thing with only varying degrees of

difference, pictures of laughing students in stylish dorm rooms (with the college teams colors of

course) flood your screen on any of the sites. And after about a million applications on Common

App, each with their own hoops to jump through, it finally seems you’ve got the hang of the

whole process. Therefore, it might come as a shock that the applications are only the first step

in a seemingly endless line of hard choices to be made.

On top of school, sports, and work, these tasks may begin to pile up. I’ll admit that I cruised

by on some of the required material, narrowly meeting the deadlines when they started popping

up like a game of Whack-a-Mole. My attention was focused on my classes and my friends,

soaking in the time we had left together before splitting off onto our own separate paths. But

there is a light at the end of the tunnel, that comes with the final decision on which place to

continue your education. For me, it was important to find a place that I knew was focused on

providing students with hands-on experience in their community. With all the uncertainty in the

world, I wanted to be somewhere that would make me become certain in at least one thing,

myself. I was happy to see that a lot of my classmates shared that same desire to seek out a

place that not only will teach them, but help them grow as people. Whatever university they

chose, it makes me happy to know that it was the best one for them personally because they

decided that for themselves. Augustana College was the absolute right choice for me for that

one reason alone, because I know that I can do what I was meant to do there, whether that

turns out to be the major I go in with, or something entirely new.

As I pack for move in day, I want to leave a message behind for the newly appointed seniors

in town. It’s okay to not be sure, to drag your feet on filling out forms, to just focus on the day to

day challenges of high school, and it’s even okay to not have the answers that your exasperated

parents and e-mails throw your way. In the end it’s all leading you towards your future path, and

that makes even the difficult times worth it. Just try not to wait until 11 p.m. to submit those much needed forms, okay?

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