With the majority of university admissions decisions being released, and in view of the incredible success of LCC’s Pre-University Class of 2015 in gaining admission to a wide range of universities, students now face the daunting task of making a choice. Not just about where and what to study, but what kind of university experience they are really looking for.
How many students will be in my class? What will the professors be like? Do I want a single, double, triple or quad in residence? Can undergrads do research? Or get a job on campus? What kinds of clubs will I join? What kinds of clubs are there? Will I study abroad? Do a co-op? Get an internship? Join Greek life? Play intramural sports? What if I’m hungry at midnight? How will I know when my laundry is done?
So many questions that need to be considered when deciding where one’s future lies.
The truth is every university has pros and cons. There is no idyllic, perfect university campus for all students. But there is a place for every student, where they can explore new ideas and discover meaningful passions; find out who they are and what kind of impact they want to have in the world. And the reality is that place can be anywhere.
It isn’t about the name of the institution that makes the experience great for a student. It’s about what the student does with the opportunities available at that place. Students who approach their college years with an open mind, who are up for any adventure or new challenge, will engage, explore, and make the most out of their experience regardless of the name of the university where they happen to be attending classes.
Every year in Pre-U we have students go to universities across Canada and the US, in the UK, Europe, and occasionally, even in Australia and New Zealand, and 95% of those students have loved/are loving their university life. And they should! University is fun!
However, university is also the place where young adults experience the steepest curve of personal growth. So this is the most important question for students to consider when making their ultimate university decision is: Is this place where I am going to be my best? (academically, socially, and emotionally)? Are these the people I want to be with for four years? Is this the place that is going to stimulate my intellect, challenge how I think, develop my analytical and writing skills, inspire me to want to be more, do more?
The “right” university is out there. The students just have to focus on what’s important to them, how they feel on campus or about that university to be confident that their choice is the right place for them.
- Kim Tulloch, Pre-University Program Coordinator & Director of University Advising