Rhea of Sunshine: college decision factors


Morgan Kong

In this weekly column, Wingspan staff reporter Rhea Advani provides her take on a variety of topics.

Rhea Advani, Staff Reporter

When choosing which college to attend, students can be stressed out and conflicted. Their opinion often changes and can be easily influenced. But it’s a good idea to narrow down your pros and cons and choose whichever fits you and your lifestyle the best. 

According to Concordia College, there are 10 main factors that your decision should be influenced by. Starting off, location and distance from home. If you want to be close to home, then something you should consider is finding a state college. In-state colleges are a great option and they are usually more affordable. Affordability is another thing that is important. For most kids, their parents will be paying for college tuition fees. So looking at the price of tuition is an important factor. 

Looking at a school’s class size, rank, and academics can make or break your college career. You must be sure that the school you are attending has a high standing education status. If the school isn’t that great and students are unmotivated and get bad grades, then it will likely influence your work ethic as well.  

If you are someone who enjoys sports and extracurricular activities, then you need to do research on what kind of options schools offer. This ensures that you are getting the best college experience possible. 

Speaking of college experience, knowing your college’s campus life, safety, and academic opportunities outside of the classroom, is important. You want to know what you are signing up for! Make sure the school you plan to attend is safe and gives you several opportunities to excel in your education. 

Of course there are so many other things that are important to keep in mind, however here are a couple to get you started. Make sure you get started on your pros and cons list soon as for seniors, the time to apply for college is now.