Students often make quick decisions when picking a college. Many times students decide on a particular college, because it’s easy, cheap, and fast. However, sometimes, this doesn’t mean you’ll be prepared for life after college. When picking a college, you must think about the end goal and who you want to be at the end of your college experience.
WORRYING ABOUT MONEY (FROM THE START)
The burden for paying for college will be present from start to finish. However, with scholarships, budgeting, student loan repayment programs, grants, and other resources paying for college is possible. Many times, students and parents are blinded by the “sticker price” from the beginning and end up making decisions before all the information is presented.
BEING A FOLLOWER
This means following your friends, boyfriend, girlfriend or even parents legacy (which isn’t always negative) to a certain college. Whichever college you decide will impact your future career and end goals. Don’t make a decision based on another person, but rather on wisdom. Picking a college is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make, so make a decision for what is best in becoming who God called you to be.
NOT VISITING COLLEGES
Visiting colleges and touring the campus help students envision themselves or not at a particular college. In addition, campus tours help prospective students and their parents gauge the campus culture as well as inspect the dorms. Picking a college without visiting the campus may impact your expectations once newly arrived.
As the saying goes, “Adventure is out there!” Living on campus or crossing state lines means you’re stepping into the unknown and it can be scary. However, living away from home breeds growth and maturity. We’re not saying staying home isn’t worthwhile, but there’s more to see and learn outside the walls of your home.
THE TEMPTATION TO BE REBELLIOUS
Deciding to go to a certain college simply because your parents (or friends) dislike or like the college is not a sound reason. Or even more so, going against God’s calling for your life. We find ourselves often feeling pulled in one direction by the Lord, but tend to go a different direction. Why? Because we’re human. Again remember, your end goals and who you want to become.
“We find ourselves often feeling pulled in one direction by the Lord, but tend to go a different direction. Why? Because we’re human.”
CONCENTRATING ON STUDENT LIFE
Student life is only one aspect of a college. Some colleges offer exciting Greek life or robust athletic programs. However, these colleges may have poor academics or student resources that don’t equip you for where God is calling you. Picking a college based solely on student life is not making a well-rounded decision.
NOT FOCUSING ON YOUR END GAME
Maybe your end goal is to become a teacher, a pastor, a non-profit director, or a psychologist. Wherever God is calling you, you can’t afford to be distracted. You are here for a purpose and which college you choose has a direct impact on that purpose.
NOT PRAYING OR SEEKING WISDOM
As believers, we’re to make decisions with discernment. Of course, we can’t make decisions without praying and telling God about important decisions. In addition, praying helps ease anxiety and distress. As scripture says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” Philippians 4:6.