While my final college decision didn’t have to be mailed and received by a college till May 1, I figured the smartest thing to do would be to make my decision fast. I put in the mail my intent to enroll form with my housing form and deposits for the University of Tulsa this last weekend and I can’t remember the last time I felt this good about a decision and so relieved.
The reason that I decided to make my decision earlier was to get my finances in order. After figuring out everything I had received financially from Tulsa and other various scholarships, such as a $3,000 scholarship through scouts, I then started finding student loans. Of course, this was not too difficult considering I went to Google and typed in “student loans” and got a huge number of sites offering student loans. After looking at a few options, I finally found a loan and finished my application last night for the loan.
Looking back over my entire college experience, I realize how weird yet interesting this journey has been. My English teacher from last year always told us “College is a match to be made, not a prize to be won.” I can now fully appreciate this saying after going through this experience and realizing that if you want to go to a school bad enough, or you were meant to be at that school, things will work out in the end. And while they may not work out exactly how you thought they would, they will work out.
Today I was on a panel of seniors that met with the current junior IB class to discuss our college application experience. Listening to the other students I realized how different everyone’s situations can end up being and how you must make the decisions in a process like this for yourself and no one else.