Picking a college is a big decision. High school juniors and seniors go to dozens of college visits and open houses, where a lot of facts and other miscellaneous information are thrown at them and their parents. After applying to a bunch of schools and getting acceptance letters, students must figure out which college is the best fit. There is not a formula of how to pick the “right” college. It is a combination of academics, social life, what it would be like to live there, and more. The best way to find out if the college is right for you is to take it for a “test drive” before committing.
It was not too long ago that I was trying to make this decision, too. I applied to 3 schools and got into all of them. To be honest, Saint Rose was my second choice. My mom, on the other hand, loved it and kept talking to me about it. A letter came home offering an overnight program, so I decided to go.
I drove up to Saint Rose with my dad. I arrived and was paired up with Antonia Valentine, who was an education major at the time. We walked back to Brubacher Hall to her room where I met her RA and a bunch of her friends who also had prospective students staying with them. We watched a movie, did a little homework, went to dinner in the dining hall, trivia night, and then went to bed to rest up for classes the next day.
The next morning, I went to an English 105 class (which is required for all freshmen). The professor was very nice and even encouraged us to participate in the class. She treated the overnights as if we were already her students. For 24 hours, I was a student at Saint Rose. With every minute here, I liked that other college less and Saint Rose more.
When the program came to an end, I knew that I wanted to come back. My dad came to pick me up and we made a pit-stop at the bookstore. We got a “College of Saint Rose MOM” t-shirt and went back home. My decision was made. I sent in my deposit the next day and declined the other college. Saint Rose was the fit for me.