The big decision: Students share their advice on college choice

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Having a hard time deciding which college to attend?

You’re not alone.

If you’ve been admitted to multiple colleges, making a final decision can be tough. For some, it comes down to a gut feeling. For others, it’s about their major, financial aid, or something else entirely.

We talked to three current students who have been through the situation and asked them how they handled it. Read on to find out how they made their choice and what you should consider as you make yours.

“Decide what it is you’re looking for.”

Christina Chang

Christina Chang

Year
Junior

Major
Mechanical Engineering

Minor
Mathematics

Why did you choose CSU?

I attended a high school that created a highly competitive, cut-throat environment. Through that experience, I realized that the environment from my high school was not one that I wanted to experience in college.

When I visited CSU, I felt welcome and comfortable. Everyone here was so nice to me and it was exactly the change of pace that I was looking for.

When did you realize CSU was the school for you?

When I attended Choose CSU during my senior year of high school. The entire vibe of the school was laid back and outdoorsy, which was something that I was not necessarily used to.

Growing up in Los Angeles, I was used to everyone being fairly high strung and worried about what other people thought. In Fort Collins, everyone is ready to support each other and build each other up rather than tear each other down.

Do you have any advice on choosing a college?

Decide what it is that you are looking for in a college experience. We are not trying to sell you on a university that is not the right fit for you.

Some students strive in a brutally intense environment and if that is you then take that into consideration when making your decision. The experience that you will have in college is entirely up to you, so choose to surround yourself with people that will make you the best you that you can be.

“Choose a school where you believe you can succeed.”

Noah Janzig

Noah Janzing

Year
Sophomore

Major
Animal Science

Minor
Agricultural Business

Why did you choose CSU?

Knowing I wanted to study Animal Sciences, I was persuaded to look at universities outside of my home state of California. It was shortly after that I stumbled on CSU’s website and became aware of our Agricultural College.

Upon visiting campus, I was instantly drawn in by the modern buildings and numerous experiential learning and research opportunities for my major.

When did you realize CSU was the school for you?

After I completed my first semester. It was through my exploration of what CSU and the College of Ag had to offer that I found my place on campus.

From working in my department, to belonging in many organizations like Ag Ambassadors, I found it enjoyable to branch out and easy to love this university.

Do you have any advice on choosing a college?

More than anything, you have to choose a school where you believe you can succeed.

Speaking on behalf of all students, it is easy to say the faculty and staff [at CSU] push for academic and social success. This university has numerous learning as well as professional development opportunities that set it apart from its competitors. I’m thankful I chose CSU every day, and I’m sure you will be too.

“It truly is about how you feel when you step onto campus.”

Photo of Hannah

Hannah Hurlburt

Year
Senior

Majors
International Studies
Communication Studies

Minor
Chinese

Why did you choose CSU?

It was just the right distance from my hometown, Denver. I could visit my family when I wanted, but I also still had the freedom to establish my own life here. I also wanted to find a college where I could carve my own path while also feeling supported by my peers and mentors, and I’ve found that CSU is the perfect place to be [to do that].

When did you realize CSU was the school for you?

When I decided to tour campus. I was with a friend who was already an enrolled student, and she guided me around. After seeing the college from a more personal point of view, it felt like I already belonged to this space, this town, this community.

Since then, there have been moments when I realized that CSU has become my home — mainly after I took the time to get involved with the community. Two moments especially stand out: joining the Chinese Language Club and walking for the “No Place 4 H8” campaign.

Do you have any advice on choosing a college?

Most of all, I hope that you find a place to call your own wherever you go. For me, that is the point of going off to college: to learn about your career and classes, but more importantly, yourself, as you start this exciting phase of your life.

Secondly, understand that you are given the choice to determine which community and values you want to be associated with and what kind of college experience you want to have. It truly is about how you feel when you step onto that campus.

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Jill Baylis

Jill was a staff member in the Office of Admissions until 2019 when she moved to Denver. As a first-generation college student, she focused on simplifying the college admissions process and helping future Rams find community on campus.