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Survey: What Are You Looking for in a College?

While enjoying and getting the most out of high school is definitely a top priority while you’re there, it’s never too early to start thinking about college. With that in mind, we’re curious as to what’s most important as you start looking for the right school for you to attend.

Certainly your favorite classes and intended major will play a part in where you choose to apply, as will an honest conversation with your parents about affordability. We can relate to how stressful and weighty this decision is, but hope you know what a great support system you have in your church, school, family and friends!

Copy the questions below and then paste them (along with your answers) in the comments. We can’t wait to see what pops up!

1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?

2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?

3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?

4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when?

5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?

6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?

7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead?

8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!

9. What scares you most about college?

10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?

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  1. abby_marie

    Posted by abby_marie on March 2, 2015 at 19:50

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning? Yes, I started this year; which is my freshman year.

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college? Different websites through Google, and talking to others.

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges? They offer the classes I want to major in, and they give me a chance to apply for scholarships. Also that there are no restrictions against religions.

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when? I am considering both, but only know the ones in state. Yes, I want to check out the area, and make sure I like the campus and they city/town. I want to make sure that I will like it for the four years of college.

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships? I will most likely apply to most scholarships that I qualify for.

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions? So far they have helped us be prepared for what college will be like, and to realize what our grades are doing to our GPAs.

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead? I will probably go into work with the church. My pastor has told me that I would make a great pastor, but not to feel pressured to do it. I also would love to do some missions in other countries, and/or study abroad.

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do! It has influenced me quite a lot because not all colleges offer what I want to major in. I am looking to major in art education and photography, and minor in English. I would like to be a photographer, and an art teacher. I want to minor in English in case I can’t find an art teacher position, then I will always have something to fall back on.

    9. What scares you most about college? The fact that I won’t know anyone, and that I will be on my own paying bills.

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not? I most likely will if it works out with my schedule. I plan on keeping my own personal study whether or not I join a group.

  2. RetroRae97

    Posted by RetroRae97 on April 17, 2014 at 21:51

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning? Yes and this year I am in grade 11

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college? The websites

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges? Christian college and make sure that they have physiology

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when? Yes I am considering one that’s an hour away in a town close to the city

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships? Nopes

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions? By telling us what courses we need to get into most colleges

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead? I do plan to.

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do! I want to be a Counselor

    9. What scares you most about college? Everything

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not? I guess well it will be a Christian school so…

  3. freedomlights

    Posted by freedomlights on January 26, 2014 at 17:27

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?
    Yes, definitely! I’m a junior this year, and my school started helping us start looking last year (sophomore year).

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?
    My school counselor has been super helpful! The internet has also helped a lot.

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?
    I want something small-ish, because I’ll be coming from a small (400-ish, pre-k through 12th) Christian school. I’m also looking for a good community, somewhere with a solid graphic design/communications program, and if it’s not a Christian school, then a variety of faith-based things I can get involved in.

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when?
    I want to stay fairly close, just because of family and friends. I’m mainly looking at two colleges––one is in my state, about 2 hours away, and the other is one state over and 4 hours away. I’ve already visited them both, but I’d like to visit again during senior year when I’m closer to making a decision.

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?
    Yes, definitely!

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?
    My school really emphasizes academics, so they start college talk during sophomore year. From sophomore year on, they have periodic college meetings and such. I love it!

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead?
    I plan to go to college. (:

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!
    It’s definitely influenced it a lot! Not a plethora of colleges have what major I’m looking for, so it helps narrow it down. I’m looking to major in Communications with a graphic design/photography emphasis, and possibly a minor in journalism and/or creative writing. (:

    9. What scares you most about college?
    The change, mainly. I’ve gone to the same school since kindergarten, so this is all I’ve ever known. A lot of my friends I’ve grown up with and seen every day, so it’s going to be weird to walk into a building and not know anyone.

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?
    Yes, definitely! One of the colleges I’m looking at is a Christian college, which is my top choice right now. (Cost will probably be the deciding factor.) If not, though, the other college has multiple faith-based programs I can plug in to. (:

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by SugarGirl on July 13, 2013 at 10:19

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning? Yes, I’ve been looking and thinking about it for about three years

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college? Google…. and friends recommendations

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges? Cheer or dance programs, some kind of Christian outlet I can plug into

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when? out-of-state and local, and yes I will 🙂

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships? yep

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions? it isn’t really helping that much right now..

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead? I do plan on college

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do! I want to teach dance, and work with young children, so anyplace with a dance program and teaching/working with young children.

    9. What scares you most about college? mingling with the wrong people

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not? probably, not really sure yet

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by DancerforChrist on February 27, 2013 at 21:50

    1. I’ve thought a bit about where I want to go, but this year is the first year I’ve really started checking out places.
    2. It has been really helpful looking at some of the things colleges send my older sister in the mail all the time.
    3. I look for colleges with the majors that I want. I also try to find something that will support my beliefs and have good programs for that. I want a place that has good scenery. I come from Colorado, so I’m sort of picky.
    4. Yes, but I haven’t made any final decisions yet. (I still have 2 years)
    5. Maybe; it really depends on what scholarship oppurtunities they have.
    6. Our counselors come and talk to us about college stuff periodically
    7. If something doesn’t work out with what I originally planned, then I want to be a Broadway performer
    8. I want to be a dance therapist, so I’ve been looking for colleges that have both dance and psychology.
    9. I’m really scared about the statistics I hear about how a lot of Christians leave their faith after high school. I don’t want to become part of the portion that leaves their faith.
    10. I want to, but it’s also more expensive and it depends on programs and such.

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by Belle12 on February 23, 2013 at 11:00

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning? Yes, about 5th grade (2 years)

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college? Parents (Mom specifically)

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges? ballet classes, reputation, law majors

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when? In-state colleges, but pretty far away from home, Yes, Jr. in High School

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships? Ballet

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions? Not in High school yet. 🙂 (But my brother gets pamphlets and stuff)

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead? I am DEFINITELY going to college!

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do! Either ballerina with ABT or the Joffery, or Civil lawyer with the International Justice Mission.
    9. What scares you most about college? Being away from my family <3

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not? Yes, I need my Christian peeps (lol)

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by reflectionofperfection17 on February 17, 2013 at 13:05

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning? Yes. I started thinking when I was a Sophomore but now that it is my Junior year I have gotten really serious about it.

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college? The internet and my school giving out papers to fill out so colleges can email me. It has also been helpful that they have college trips, a college fairs, and have colleges visit our school.

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges? If they have my major, their doctrinal and mission statement and the location.

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when? Mostly local colleges but some out
    -of state. I plan to visit most of them sometime this spring or the fall of my Senior year.
    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships? I plan to apply for an academic scholarship and financial aid.

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions? They have counselors who speak to me and suggest colleges to me.

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead?

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do! I believe God is calling me to be a Christian counselor on the mission field. I want to study Christian counseling with an understudy of missions. Some home missions but I pray that it is foreign because I LOVE Haiti and would love to do full time foreign missions there. I cant wait to go back this summer!

    9. What scares you most about college? The fact that I have to make a lot of new friends and it will be an entirely new environment and I am afraid my faith will be challenged and the classes will be really hard.
    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not? If I go to a secular college definitely but if I go to a Christian college Im not sure it depends on if they have one there.

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by a2j on February 16, 2013 at 17:42

    I go to NNU (Northwest Nazarene University) and I love it here! I’m in my second semester but this place is already home to me. I feel like a visitor when I actually go home for break because I know this is where I belong. If anyone is looking for a small, Christian community full of friendly people and professors that will challenge you to think in a new way, this university is should be one that you consider coming to or at least touring. I went to community college for a few years and when I was there it seemed like the professors were there just to collect a paycheck. Here, however, each professor seems to have a genuine goal of expanding the minds of the students and getting to know them even on a personal level. I feel so cared for and loved here; I know I made the right choice. http://www.nnu.edu/

    Go ‘saders!!

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by Weaselbns on February 15, 2013 at 18:53

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?
    I have know where I wanted to go to college since 4th grade!! haha But since then I’ve added a few more colleges to my list.

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?
    My sister (who is 9 years older) and the internet

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?
    My major (not many schools have it) and that its a Christian college

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when?
    Mostly looking at schools that are in state but 2+ hours away. Hopefully this coming year I will get to visit the schools that I am considering.

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?
    Not really, any that are available.

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?
    We have visits from college reps, books and pamphlets.

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead?

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!
    A lot. Occupational Therapy is not very common at most colleges so it’s limited some of my choices. Thankfully I can major in Exercise Science to possibly go to the school I want!

    9. What scares you most about college?
    Going somewhere where I know NO ONE. I come from a really small town where I know almost everyone who goes to my school.

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?
    I plan to join campus ministry, if its available.

  10. BFFofGOD4EVER

    Posted by BFFofGOD4EVER on February 15, 2013 at 11:45

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning? Yes; the beginning of my Junior year

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college? the prep packets

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges? A Top Christian seal

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when? I won’t be able to to visit the college I’m looking into (University of Mobile) until i’m a senior.

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships? Any good ones!! 😛

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?I’m homeschooled, so i do a lot of hands-on,intimate learning.

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead? N/A

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do! I want to be a 2nd grade math teacher. I love being with kids and teaching, so this seems perfect!

    9. What scares you most about college? The tests. and ACTs.

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not? Most definitely! I want not only my knowledge in education to grow, but my knowledge in Christ.

  11. Project Inspired

    Posted by prov31g on February 15, 2013 at 10:40

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?

    I’ve been thinking about it since I was 12

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?

    My parents? I don’t really know

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?

    It has to be a solid, Christian school that has my degree

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when?

    Out of state, I want to get out of my home state… and I’ve already visited the college I want to go to.

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?

    I’ve applied for a handful of scholarships, but my dream college is only 10-12,000 a year… so I don’t know if I should apply for more (if you’re looking for scholarships, fastweb.com, cappex.com and collegeprowler.com are some sites you can go to for free to help you find some)

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?

    At my school, we’re required to take a careers class, which includes how to make a resume, what to consider for finding your ideal college, etc… we also have career fairs (that include some college booths)

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead?

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!

    The degree I’m pursuing, Women’s Ministries, I can find only in five Christian colleges (including my dream college) that I know of. I want to write Bible study questions and the write some fiction works to lead/encourage people in faith in God.

    9. What scares you most about college?

    Getting accepted into the college… the one I want to go to only has the acceptance rate of 25%

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?

    It’s 100% Christian… and I chose my dream college because I want to pursue ministry and this is THE place to go for ministry work

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by genjgal on February 15, 2013 at 10:09

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?
    Yes, I definitely have! I probably started in about 7th grade.

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?
    1st hand experience. Being there, know people that go there, etc. CollegeProwler is also very help, as well as Cappex. I would recommend them!

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?
    A high quality course that will prepare me for MY future, is my most important criteria. I also would like a college that is close to either DC or a state capitol.

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when?
    I am considering both. I definitely but I don’t know when yet.
    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?
    I’m planning on applying for quite a few. I’m really not far enough along in the process to know which ones.

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?
    Many of my courses require discussions and critical thinking, which teach me to make mature decisions. Being home schooled allows me time to develop my own interests.

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead?
    If I were not to attend college, I would focus my time on gaining first hand experience in my chosen field.

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!
    Very much! I am currently considering a political degree, or violin performance. What I decide to do, will completely change which college I want to go to.
    I’d like to go to the University Of Minnesota to violin, but I’m interested in Patrick Henry College for a political degree.

    9. What scares you most about college?
    Peer pressure, and a lack of accountability.

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?
    Definitely! Even if I go to a christian college, I think it’s best to have a small group for accountability reasons.

  13. murphylauren15

    Posted by murphylauren15 on February 15, 2013 at 07:43

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning? — Yes, I actually know where I’m going to school! I made a couple of college visits during my sophomore year but didn’t really get serious about planning until my junior year.

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college? — My teachers, guidance counselor and lots of adults/college students I’m friends with. Also, I’ve used the website College Board.

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges? — From the beginning, I knew I wanted to go to a small liberal arts college in a rural/suburban area. At first I had considered Christian and non-Christian schools. But last year, as a junior, I decided that I needed to go to a Christian school.

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when? — I’ve considered colleges within a few hour radius. I thought about going far away, but then I realized that I have the rest of my life to get out of the house and “leave the nest.” So I’ve decided on a college that’s within commuting distance. I’ve visited approximately 15 colleges since my sophomore year.

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships? — Yes. In addition to filing the FAFSA, I’ve also applied to various merit-based scholarships, specifically ones provided by the schools themselves.

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions? — We have wonderful teachers and guidance counselors at my H.S. that help to prepare students for college in every way. One of the greatest ways my school has helped me is through a course called Career Development. Every junior takes this course, which is designed to help students with their college search as well as determine which careers would be good for them and start thinking about where they would ultimately like to end up in life. It was during that time that I made my decision to study theology in college so I can become a minister someday.

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead? — N/A

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do! — It has definitely influenced where I want to go. Obviously, since I want to major in theology, a Christian college is the best (and most logical) choice for me. I recently visited the school I want to attend and met so many beautiful people there. It is a school that values faith just as much as academics, and I know I will fit in there very well.

    9. What scares you most about college? — Honestly, I’m just a little nervous about changing over from high school to college, but from what I’ve heard from my college friends, there is nothing to be afraid of – college is wonderful!

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not? — YES! 🙂 That’s where I want to spend most of my time, of course. 😀

    • shygrad2015

      Posted by shygrad2015 on February 15, 2013 at 09:47

      1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?
      yes when i was in 9th grade

      2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?
      collegeprowler.com

      3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?
      tuition&fees, location

      4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when?
      only in state schools and next year, my junior year

      5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?
      yes

      6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?
      scholarship forms

      7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead?
      i plan on going to college

      8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!
      i want to become a teacher because i want to help students learn and see the look on their faces when they finally understand something. my 8th grade Language Arts & Math teachers helped me realize thats what i want to do with my life.

      9. What scares you most about college?
      im afraid of change

      10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?
      if the college im going to has one which i really hope they do

  14. Art

    Posted by Art on February 12, 2013 at 07:43

    1. I want to attend Cal Arts because it is animation 101 and that is my dream!!!!
    2. Other animators. They have knowledge about the best colleges to prepare me for the job.
    3. Their courses are good, with excellent, motivated instructors.
    4. Mostly in LA.
    5. Maybe in art….
    6. …..
    7. College is my one and only option!!!
    8. Animation is huge is the LA area. God has pushed me in this direction, and I am super excited!
    9. Probably the non-Cristian influences that go along with Hollywood production.
    10. I will join a fellowship of some sort if available.

    Pray for me as I enter the most dangerous territory on earth, HOLLYWOOD!!!! 🙂

  15. Marcy

    Posted by Marcy on February 11, 2013 at 04:46

    Only one of these questions really applies to me, so I’ll just answer that.

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead?

    My field (author) does not need college, so I decided to skip it and focus on writing instead. I am already out of high school, and I’m going to continue with what I’m doing–writing, editing, and marketing. I also hope to teach classes on writing in the future.

  16. Project Inspired

    Posted by dana13se on February 10, 2013 at 16:45

    1. Yes, I started my serious planning somewhat early in high school. I’m a senior now.
    2. I would guess websites like college board.org, princetonreview, capped.com, etc. They include searches for colleges with very specific things and are packed with advice.
    3. I want a Christian, community-oriented college that will challenge me academically without overwhelming me.
    4. I am looking at a few out-of-state colleges, but not any that are extremely far away. I have visited two of them, and I need to make plans to visit the others very soon.
    5. Yes, I’m close to obsessed with this.
    6. They include all sorts of incentives, like displaying the names of people accepted to certain colleges and putting people’s names who have filed their FAFSA into raffles.
    7. Doesn’t apply to me.
    8. One college that I’ve applied for I don’t really want to attend, but I have to go if I decide to be a speech pathologist. I definitely want a career where I can help people.
    9. It’s a toss-up between figuring out what to major in and using community bathrooms. That sounds weird, but I’m afraid of germs. Seriously, I’m an only child, and I don’t even like it when my parents use the bathroom that mostly belongs to me.
    10. Definitely! I want a college that’s so Christian that people would think it odd if I didn’t join. I need the support for my faith.

  17. izzy97

    Posted by izzy97 on February 10, 2013 at 13:21

    1. I started really planning this year 🙂 (Sophomore year)

    2. I go to camp every summer at this college, plus my brother started college this year and has good advice about all this stuff.

    3. Somewhere that I don’t have to worry about getting mixed in with the wrong crowd. Plus, I like smaller schools better, and want a college where that students and staff are nice and make you feel welcome.

    4. I’m planning on an out of state school, and like I said I’m there every summer. I’m sure my mom will take me for a preview trip too if I ask her to, but that probably won’t be until senior year.

    5. Well, my church offers one, but I haven’t thought much past that yet.

    6. For my junior and senior year, I’m planning on going to a trait school we have where we go through our high school we’re enrolled in and can earn degrees in different professions along with our basic high school education. I’m applying for culinary arts, so I can have a moderately well paying job throughout college. Plus, If I’m not married right out of college I can’t really go into full time ministry, so I’ll have it to fall back on too.

    7. I’m going 🙂

    8. Well I really want to go into youth ministry, so obviously I need a good bible college for that.

    9. Leaving all my friends, and having to start over in a new place.

    10. Yeah, because I want to go for youth ministry 🙂

  18. SoulfulGinger

    Posted by SoulfulGinger on February 10, 2013 at 12:29

    1. I know where I’m going this fall, I’ve even been accepted. I started thinking about it in Junior High. I will be attending Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, IL.

    2. zinch.com is really good website, but prayer was my main resource, God helped me choose my college.

    3. I wanted to go to a Christian school or Bible school so I could be surround by people who would help make me stronger, not bring me down. I also looked for a really good Missions program.

    4. The college I will attend is in IL, my home state, but I did look at some in other states.

    5. Yes, let me tell you they are a pain to fill out!

    6. The counselors are really helpful but I didn’t ask much help from them.

    7. I would travel and do missions, which I will do someday but I want to get an education first 🙂

    8. I am planning on majoring in Inter Cultural Studies with a minor in Youth Ministry. I want to be a missionary all over the world, and I want to write books as well. Maybe start my own ministry of some sort someday, all I know is I have a lot of dreams and an amazing God that will keep me grounded yet help me grow..if that makes sense! 🙂

    9. I’m scared about meeting new people, and being an hour and a half away from most of my family especially my grandparents and my aunt who I live five minutes from right now.

    10. Yes, I love being in organizations and all of them at my school will be faith-based.

  19. ksmitharoo

    Posted by ksmitharoo on February 9, 2013 at 21:04

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?

    I have thought about college for quite a while now! I go to a high school that holds us for 5 years instead of 4, but while taking high school classes, we also take college classes, allowing us to earn an associates degree and our high school diploma at the same time! I have thought about it probably since I was 13.

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?

    Cappex.com is a great site for colleges to find potential students!

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?

    The two biggest things for me would be faith-filled and pricing/help with funds.

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when?

    I am considering an out of state university, and simply a single one because it’s a Christian university. I have visited the school twice now, and I am absolutely fell in love with the atmosphere and everything! I visited my junior year and again in the very beginning of my first senior year.

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?

    I plan to apply for as many as possible!! With the university I have planned, it’s a little pricier than other colleges, but I believe that if it’s where God wants me to go, He’ll provide!

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?

    My high school is an early college, as described in my first answer. They are geared to help me find the right college and future fit for me! They also prepare us for college and help us get a head start into our credits for free!

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead?

    I plan to attend a college.

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!

    I have always wanted to be a teacher. Since I was little I have found a peace in knowing what I want to do. I’ve battled what grade i wish to teach, but I believe my gift from God was teaching. The school I wish to attend isn’t focused on my career choice, but they are faith-based and that’s what counts!

    9. What scares you most about college?

    I am most scared of being away from the ones I love. Many have supported me when some of my family members have not, and I know I am blessed to have these people in my life. I am terrified of leaving them.

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?

    I wish to attend Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. I absolutely love the campus, the students, and the faculty! Everyone cares so much! The feeling I get when I talk about Liberty gives me butterflies. I know that if that’s where God wants me to go, I’ll go!!

  20. garneraddy

    Posted by garneraddy on February 9, 2013 at 18:09

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?
    ***Yes, I’ve been planning since about 7th grade 😛

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?
    **My school has college groups come in and show videos and answer questions

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?
    **Faith-based, affordable and a good Pre-Law program

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when?
    **I am considering out-of-state colleges, and may travel to visit them next year (Sophmore year)

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?
    **I go to a Christian high-school, and they encourage their students to try at least a year of Christian college.

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead?
    **N/A I plan to go to college.

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!
    ** I want to be a lawyer, senator, Fox News anchor, and the President of the United States 😀

    9. What scares you most about college?
    **Home-sickness

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?
    ** I plan to go to a Christian college, so I guess the whole campus would be a faith based group 🙂

  21. Remedy

    Posted by Remedy on February 9, 2013 at 12:16

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?
    Of course I have! I’m a senior in high school! I started planning during 11th grade. People say “You better figure it out soon,” but in all honesty, you don’t. There’s plenty of time. I’m even going into college as exploratory. There’s people at the college that can help you find what you’re looking for in a career.

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?
    My guidance counselor, and a ton of scholarship websites!
    scholarships.com, zinch.com, fastweb.com, just google some sites! You can also go to the college’s website to find out about the campus and everything that goes on there.

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?
    It has to have many different choices of majors because I’m not sure what I want to do yet. It has to be in-state. Tuition is a big deal, and so are the dorms in my opinion. The people have to be friendly and there should be a lot of things that I’m able to do. Going on college tours is the best way to find what you’re looking for.

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when?
    The colleges I have applied to are all in-state. I have visited the colleges I might attend and plan to visit again to decide which one I really want to go to.

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?
    I have applied for a lot of scholarships already, and hopefully I will win one (:

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?
    My guidance counselor is really helping me because I’m not sure where I want to go yet or what I want to do.

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead?
    I do plan to go.

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!
    It hasn’t influenced me because I’m not sure what I want to do yet. At first, I was thinking about some type of Design. Right now I’m thinking of Marketing or Finance. Not really sure what I want to do yet.

    9. What scares you most about college?
    Having to be alone for the first time and adjust to doing things on my own. It also scares me that the college is so big compared to the private school I currently go to. I don’t want to get lost! I’m also afraid that I won’t have money when I need to buy things I really need (soap, toothpaste, etc).

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?
    I really would love to do that. I want to keep my faith strong. I hope to find a local church as well (:

  22. onfire4god

    Posted by onfire4god on February 9, 2013 at 12:12

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?

    Yes, I’ve been thinking about it for the past 2 years or so. I’m a freshman in high school but I’m graduating next spring so I’m trying to get prepared.

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?

    Older friends and definitely recommendations from already college-graduated people.

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?

    A microbiology program that is NOT pre-med. and a work program would be awesome. And music and creative writing.

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when?

    Definitely out-of-state. I refuse to go to school in my state. I have visited one potential school but I probably will not visit my other majorly potential one because I live really far away from it.

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?

    Yes, in microbiology.

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?

    I take classes at a local community college so I’m getting a taste of homework, many other students, and studying. I was homeschooled so it’s a little different for me. But being homeschooled has helped immensely.

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead?

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!

    Well, as I said above, I am a sucker for microbiology and that is my chosen career field. I’m also planning on minoring in music and creative writing. My chosen career is mostly offered for pre-med stuff and that’s not what i want to do so it’s been pretty hard finding colleges.

    9. What scares you most about college?

    Major homework, awful teachers, etc. Not all that much scares me.

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?

    Most likely. I am choosing only Christian colleges because a secular view on my chosen career is really bad normally so I know there will be lots of faith-based groups around.

  23. Project Inspired

    Posted by gabbagail1 on February 9, 2013 at 11:37

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?
    Somewhat, I started thinking about a few places last year in eighth grade.

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?
    Hmm, the most effective way that specific colleges have been brought to my attention is when the college contacts me.

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?
    I ask myself, “Will this college give me the best educational opportunities for my chosen career path?”

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when?
    I’m considering both local and out-of-state, and I’ll probably visit them when I’m a senior or a junior.

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?
    I plan to apply for scholarships, I just haven’t looked at a lot yet.

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?
    THE PROGRAM I’M IN IS TRYING TO KILL ME WITH IT’S TIPS AND STUFF. I’M SURE OF IT.

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead?
    I don’t believe that you HAVE to go to college to be successful, but I plan on going.

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!
    It hasn’t really influenced where yet, but mostly because I haven’t looked into a lot of schools yet. I might want to be a lawyer, but I’ve also considered joining a military academy.

    9. What scares you most about college?
    EVERYTHING.

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?
    Probably not, since most professions aren’t faith-based and I need to prepare myself to stand for my beliefs in “the real world”.

    • Rachel20

      Posted by Rachel20 on February 9, 2013 at 12:18

      If you want to be able to stand for your faith, you should definitely join a faith-based group. In order to defend your faith, you need to know what you believe and why, and you can learn new things each time you meet with other believers. And talking to other believers is such an encouragement after a day or week of standing up for your faith in the world. You can let down your guard and just relax and be refreshed for the next week. You should especially check out apologetics groups- it has nothing to do with apologizing, but rather giving a reasonable defense for your faith.

  24. MeghanHug99

    Posted by MeghanHug99 on February 9, 2013 at 09:54

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?
    I really want to go to a culinary school! 😀 I really haven’t started planning a lot, just a little 🙂 I’m 13

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?
    My parents <3

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?
    I want to go to a cooking school…..

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when?
    I want to stay local! Yes, I am going to try to visit Le Cordon Bleu sometime soon

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?
    No…

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?
    I'm in Middle School 🙂

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead?
    I do plan to go to college <3

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!
    I really want to be a chef/pastry chef!! I love to cook and bake 🙂

    9. What scares you most about college?
    I'm not scared 😛

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?
    Yes, if there is one. If there isn't, I'm going to try to start a new club!

  25. Project Inspired

    Posted by Emily Therese on February 9, 2013 at 09:34

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?
    ~ I have been planning sense I was 13. I am torn. I really want to minister to teen girls, and go get a degree in youth minister, or womens. By I also want to be an ultrasound technician, or a nurse that works with babies.

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?
    ~Online, talking to others. I think if I decide to do a medical program I will attend a community college, but if I want to get into minister I want to attend Boise Bible College.

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?
    I want a safe college, one that is in a low crime area. I want a supportive college that is willing to work with me to plan out finances, that way I can get debt free.

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when?
    I will defiantly visit colleges if I am really interested in them, maybe starting junior year of highschool. (homeschool)

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?
    Absolutely, any scholarship I can qualify for!

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions? I am homeschooled, So much pressure on me.

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead? ~ I want to go to college, but if God’s will is for me to do something else so be it. I would love to work for the union gospel mission, or the red cross. I would also love to be a phlebotomist which you can just take a 10 week course to become. You don’t have to attend college. And who knows I may get married, and become a mother.

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do! ~ I plan on being a ultra sound technician, or I plan on getting into ministry. No matter what I become I am going to live for the Lord, sharing His love with others.

    9. What scares you most about college?
    Money scares me the most about college, because I know so many people go into debt. I don’t want that. But if God wants me at college, he will get me there.

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not? ~Absolutely, if they don’t have one I will find a church in the area I like and get involved. I love God, and I love feeding myself His word. And I believe fellowship with other believers is important.

  26. britney_love

    Posted by britney_love on February 9, 2013 at 09:18

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?
    Why Yes! 7th Grade!
    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?
    Going on College tours and internet
    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?
    My major, scholarships offered, distance, and cost
    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when?
    I am considering out of state schools and I am going on a college our in the spring
    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?
    Not any that I know of at the moment
    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?
    They are making me do a lot of research on the Colleges
    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead?
    N/A
    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!
    I want to be a Cardio Vascular Surgeon and Universt of Chicago is where I am looking to go to
    9. What scares you most about college?
    Being on my own, i am so used to my mommy!
    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?
    Of course! I need to stay rooted in my faith and my relationship with god in order to live peaceful in college and deal with the pressures!

  27. maria.ps.25.11

    Posted by maria.ps.25.11 on February 9, 2013 at 09:11

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?
    -Yes, it’s been one of my concerns since I was a little kid. I was planning on applying for a programm called “khagne hypokhagne” in France but my trip to the US in florida shaked everything up. When Jesus Crist came into my life, a pastor told me I would come back to florida and study there. I’m currently waiting for Him to show me what I should do…I don’t really know right now but I’m seriously considering majoring english in a foreign country…

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?
    -My mom and I have planned everything since a long time ago. Today, I’m mostly looking through the web but I believe God’s guidance will be the best thing for me…

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?
    -…A scholarship! In france, it’s not as costy as in the US…A few thousands dollars at the most. But, a good education and the presence of Christ are also very important!

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when?
    -Yes!Right now, It’s my most serious option… As for visiting the schools, it’ll depend. I don’t think I’ll visit one in the states before being accepted.

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?
    -Yes. I discussed about it with my parents: If I’m accepted, I HAVE to get a scholarship to go with that!

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?
    -My English teachers give me tips but my best friend who’s in an international school supports me a lot: she gives me some extra english lessons and helps me out for the IELTS.

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead?
    -For now, I plan on going to college. However, if God calls me somewhere else I’ll follow.

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!
    -I really want to become an interpreter! I’ve been speaking english since I was 7 years old (been to a british school) and am currently sudying german. I also want to start learning chinese, korean and spanish.

    9. What scares you most about college?
    -The level of the course. If I major in English, it would be so hard for me to catch on! I’m also afraid of being lonely in a country I know very little about!

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?
    -Of course! Faith and Christianity are so important to me and living without a church or a youth group is so difficult right now. One of my biggest dreams is to be able to have a church that is open-spirited and loving! A faith-based group would be like…wonderful!

  28. sha566

    Posted by sha566 on February 9, 2013 at 08:53

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?
    Yes but I have no idea what I want to do or where or what college I want to go to
    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?
    I haven’t really started to research colleges but just thinking about that I want to do and where I want to go
    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?
    If they have younglife, their academic courses, the safety, the closeness to home, the dorms
    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when?
    I don’t know I want to be close to family but I would love to go to bigger colleges maybe in the state

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?
    Maybe
    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?
    I am working hard to get good grades and try ay opportunity I can to see what I want to do
    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead?
    I do plan to go to college
    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!
    I don’t know what I want to be
    9. What scares you most about college?
    how safe everything is and going somewhere where I know absolutely no one and if I have to dorm with a stranger
    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?
    Yes because God will ALWAYS be my #1 priority in my life. It doesn’t have to be a Christian college which I would love but just have a youth program nearby

  29. LauraLove

    Posted by LauraLove on February 9, 2013 at 07:32

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?
    I have started thinking, but this year is the first year I’ve seriously planned.

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college? People’s advice! I like listening to people’s opinions on colleges.

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges? I want it to be Christian, a University, and have some sort of scholarship opportunities

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when? I definitely want to go away for college. Although my dream would be to find one near a beautiful beach, I’ll probably go to ORU in Oklahoma.

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships? Yes I hope I can get a scholarship for something! 🙂

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions? Because I’m homeschooled, my parents are able to help me focus on the things that will prepare me for college, like doing college-level curriculum.

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead? I’m planning on going! The only reason I wouldn’t go would be if I randomly became famous. That would be awesome!

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!
    My decisions have honestly vacillated over the years, but I’ve thought about a major in nutrition and a minor in dance.
    9. What scares you most about college?
    Failing!

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not? yes I hope so. It will help keep me on track.

  30. EmilyRW

    Posted by EmilyRW on February 9, 2013 at 06:07

    1. I don’t know yet….even though I’m 13 and that may be a little early for planning, I talked about like what college is best, if it has a dorm….Etc.

    2. My mom. She told me what all the colleges were like and if they are appropriate.

    3. Maybe if I job-shadow a bit… I’ll decide what college has what.

    4. Well, there is the college in St. Paul, MN, which is 4 hours away, ( I live in Iowa )and it is a Christian college I heard about on my favorite radio station. And there is the Moody Bible College in Chicago.

    5. Hmm… I don’t know….

    6. I am homeschooled… so my parents might help me.

    7. If I don’t, I want to ask a couple of friends if they want to share an tenant, and maybe get a part-time job. 🙂

    8. I don’t know

    9. Getting bullied

    10. If they have one!

  31. GigiJR

    Posted by GigiJR on February 8, 2013 at 23:21

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?
    Yes I have been thinking about it for several years, probably since I started high school.

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?
    My parents have a great deal of knowledge, also several of my siblings have already gone to college, so they’re helpful. I also look at the US News & World Report college rankings.
    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?
    Probably rankings & how good the education is. Also financial aid is super important.

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when?
    I am planning on leaving the state, there aren’t any colleges that interest me here. I don’t think I will visit any colleges.

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?
    No, we’ll maybe, depends on the scholarships that are offered.

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?
    I’m homeschooled, so very or not at all depending how you look at it.

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead?

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!
    I don’t know what I’ll do, but I’d like to work with children, perhaps do ministry, so I’m thinking of a Bible college.

    9. What scares you most about college?
    I’m scared of leaving the ‘bubble’ I live in. I’m not good at relating to people who are very different from me. That honestly scares me a lot.

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?
    Yes, I really want to seek out other Christians who can build me up in my faith & keep me accountable.

  32. bethluvstheafters

    Posted by bethluvstheafters on February 8, 2013 at 22:57

    1. Ummm, to some extent my mom and I have been checking out schools for what I’m interested in since about last year.

    2. My mom and I have been figuring some stuff out and have found a few colleges from searching online. The problem is though that I want to go to a REAL college, but most of the “colleges” that offer what I want are online colleges.
    Also this website helps me to look at all the types of nursing careers you can get!http://allnurses.com/nursing-career-advice/types-nursing-careers-121955.html

    3. Well, either to have a great nursing program or a program with stuff that teaches about using medical machines such as sonograms, ctscans, etc (which is like, SUPER hard to find).

    4. TBH I’ve been considering both even though my parents would prefer that I not move out of state to go to college. And I probably will visit those schools to see which one I like, but I’m not in high school till next year! So I got time.

    5. Well, I don’t even know any of the scholarships I CAN get yet, even though I am probably going to get a little scholarship since I am a member of 4-H. Also my mom tells me that the high schools offer scholarships.

    6. Well, I’m not in high school yet! So we’ll see.

    7. Don’t worry, I’ll be going to college!

    8. Well, my mom and I have been talking about it, and I either want to be a diagnostic medical sonographer (plus perhaps learn to work other medical machines) or a neonatal or labor and delivery nurse :). So yeah, I love babies!

    9. Well, I suppose every new adventure scares you in the beginning. But in the end, its well worth it! 🙂

    10. If there is one, I’m sure I will if I can and have the time!

    • Rachel20

      Posted by Rachel20 on February 9, 2013 at 12:16

      As a current college student, I would encourage you to definitely make it a prioity to be part of a faith-based group! It’s easy to get so busy that you feel like you don’t have time for God and gradually drift away. If you belong to a faith-based group, you get in the habit of having time with God. It’s such an encouragement to meet with other believers and share how your life is going and build each other up!

  33. redvolution

    Posted by redvolution on February 8, 2013 at 20:31

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning? I have just started looking into colleges for scholarships for volleyball, as a freshman.

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college? It has been PSAT, College Board and
    Adventist Colleges and Universities. all have been through my email.
    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges? Education like what kind of degrees the college has and if i would be interested.

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when? Right now, i have found several in state colleges and 1 college out-of-state. I would like to visit the out of state college sometime.

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?
    For atheletics, i play volleyball.
    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?
    I haven’t been talking to my counselor, i started searching colleges because of my volleyball club.
    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead? I am interested in ministry, as in music to praise God.
    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do! I have been more involved at my church because of my interest.

    9. What scares you most about college? The size and possiblity of being out-of-state.

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?
    All the colleges i have look at are christian and i made that a priority to go to a christian college.

  34. Aragorn

    Posted by Aragorn on February 8, 2013 at 20:14

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?
    Yes Lancaster Nursing School. I started planning last year.

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?
    Looking for one close by and does nursing.

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?
    The rating I guess you could say. I will not be staying in the college dorms so I dont have to worry about that.

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when? Local Colleges yup in 3 years.

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?
    Yes, to help me through nrsing school

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?
    Money, Math, and Tutoring.
    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead? I plan on going to college.

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!
    I want to go be a nurse and then go to YWAM and go to africa and help the people over there.
    9. What scares you most about college?
    Failing
    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?

    I dont think there will be one but if not I will propblably start one:)

  35. Bluej3

    Posted by Bluej3 on February 8, 2013 at 19:47

    1.Yes depends on what state I move to but I know a few
    2.Campus tours and classes available
    3.They have a good medical school good classes
    4.I will visit but only in state colleges in my junior and senior year
    5.Academic and maybe financial
    6.They have college fair day the school has counselors who know about all local colleges and AP classes that allow you to get college credit for the course
    7.I plan on going
    8.Quite a bit because they need a good medical school
    I want to be a nurse and also get a degree to be a youth pastor so I can do both 🙂 I also want to go on yearly mission trips and use my medical skills to help others
    9. Getting behind on work or being confused in a class
    10. I hope to because it will be a group to help me meet friends who have good beliefs and can help stay away from temptation

  36. Kyla

    Posted by Kyla on February 8, 2013 at 19:19

    1. Well I would have hoped that I would’ve started by now haha considering it’s my senior year..lol. Soooo yeah I have lol. I kinda thought about it a little since 8th grade but I got more serious about it in January of last year (my Junior year)

    2. My sister is familiar with all the college stuff because a) she went to Yale for her bachelor’s & attended U of Illinois for her masters free and b) she works in the education system so she’s been really helpful so far. Collegeboard.org was also a major help!

    3. My major, what campus life is like, and I’d really like to go to a conservative college

    4. OUT OF STATE! I’m getting out of Louisiana. I didn’t even apply to any colleges in Louisiana. I want to move up to Virginia/D.C. it’s where my sister lives. I’ve already visited the colleges but I’m planning on visiting again soon.

    5. Nope. :/

    6. Well I do an online private school so most of the college search has been self-driven.

    7. I intend to go to college but if God calls me to something else at the last minute I’m completely open.

    8. I want to be an English major but I’d also like to minor in Business. I want to be an entrepreneur but I want to have a liberal arts major as a back-up so that I can do something to make money to be an entrepreneur in the first place AND have something to fall back on if it doesn’t work. (I’m also considering a major in Psychology..I’m kind of back-and-forth on the major but DEFINITELY a minor in business.)

    9. That I’ll pretty much be on my own. I’m terrified of leaving my parents.

    10. DEFINITELY! I do not want to slip away from my faith and I need to stay connected with other Christians.

    • GigiJR

      Posted by GigiJR on February 10, 2013 at 16:41

      I’m also super back and forth on what I want to major in. It’s cool that you’re thinking of Psychology, (I’m also considering it) a Christian presence in Psychology is really important, in my opinion. Blessings on your future!

  37. Project Inspired

    Posted by caromelissa26 on February 8, 2013 at 17:42

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?
    Yeah, I’ve been thinking about it more seriously this year as a high school sophomore, although it’s been on the back of my mind since middle school.

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?
    I like looking at the Princeton Review and the College Board websites.

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?
    I’m looking for it to be semi-close to home (no more than 2 or 3 hours away), not too small, and the ability to possibly double major. Being in a city and having good community service programs are also very appealing to me.

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when?
    I’m looking at mostly out-of-state schools, but they’re all close to home (I live in an area where you can easily drive to several states), although I wouldn’t be too opposed to staying in state. I definitely want to visit the schools that I’m interested in, and I might be going on a road trip to visit a few schools with my best friends and their families that are slightly out of my radius – though I won’t be too serious until junior year.

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?
    I’d LOVE to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship, but I live in a very competitive state. I want to apply for as many scholarships as I can…

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?
    Our school mostly waits until junior year to do college planning, and they make you and your parents come into the guidance counselor’s office for a meeting about your plans. My guidance counselor is awesome and I’ve been able to come to her with any questions.

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!
    I’m interested in both business and film studies, since I’d like to be become a film producer or TV network executive. Thus, I’m looking into schools that would allow me to study both fields – although business would be my main priority, as I could also see myself becoming an entrepreneur if my other plans don’t work out.

    9. What scares you most about college?
    I’ve always been a bit of a misfit, and even though I fit in a lot better in high school than I did at different elementary/middle schools, I’m worried that I won’t find a group of friends once I’m away from my current group of friends.

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?
    I probably won’t join a faith-based group in college, since I’ve tried youth group and it wasn’t really my thing. I definitely plan on displaying my faith through community service at college, as I currently do back home.

    • Rachel20

      Posted by Rachel20 on February 9, 2013 at 12:15

      As a current college student, I would encourage you to definitely be part of a faith-based group! Even if you had a bad experience with youth groups in the past, you can’t judge college groups by what happened in high school. You should go at least once to see what it’s like. It’s such an encouragement to meet with other believers and share how your life is going and build each other up. It helps you stay grounded in your faith and God’s Word at a time when everything else is changing.

  38. Project Inspired

    Posted by galeprimrue on February 8, 2013 at 17:28

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?
    I have, and I started this year

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?
    We did a unit on colleges in a study skills class I took. That was VERY helpful!

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?
    If they have a good medical school!

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when?
    Mostly out-of-state. And I may my senior year, but that’s a couple years away.

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?
    Yes, but I don’t know what kinds

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?
    I’m only a freshman, but I took a study skills class, and we did a college unit! Also, my parents and some of their friends have helped me find good medical schools!

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead?
    I do plan to go to college

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!
    I want to be a surgeon or any kind of doctor, so if the school doesn’t have a good medical school then it is crossed off my list!

    9. What scares you most about college?
    Paying the tuition and being on my own for the first time! And the work load, for sure!

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?
    I would like to, so if a Christian school has a great medical school, then I’d apply for sure!

  39. jinglebells

    Posted by jinglebells on February 8, 2013 at 17:09

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning? Yes I did, when I was 9 I started thinking bout it 😛

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college? My principles and students who have graduated at my school and are going to Universities. I have met a lot of people in my travels

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges? I want very International students and open-minded people.

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when? DEFENTATLY out of state, we don’t live in the USA, but I want to go to a school in USA or European University (I live in Asia) I probably will visit some of the schools in the USA. I want to go to Biola or Liberty university. I am not sure yet. I might go to a local college I think it would be really cool to live in a small town 😀

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships? I want to get a full scholarship.

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead? well, I would rather go to a University

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do! I would love to be a nurse or teacher or Doctor, I want to be a person who helps others( I would never want

    9. What scares you most about college? Moving into a new culture again…

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?
    That really depends on how I feel… maybe after a semester of University

    • Rachel20

      Posted by Rachel20 on February 9, 2013 at 12:15

      As a current college student, I would encourage you to definitely make time to be part of a faith-based group! It’s easy to get so busy that you feel like you don’t have time for God and gradually drift away. If you belong to a faith-based group, you get in the habit of having time with God. It’s such an encouragement to meet with other believers and share how your life is going and build each other up, and a great way to make new friends right away!

  40. natalochka

    Posted by natalochka on February 8, 2013 at 16:36

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?
    – I’ve always knew what I wanted to become. Finding out the university to go to has always been a fun thing to do.

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?
    – I simply googled my profession and state. When I saw the options, I made the best choice I could.

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?
    – To me personally its important for it to be a state university.

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when?
    – I am going to a college thats about 1.5hr away from home. Its a nice one. And I will for sure visit the school im going to. Maybe in the spring.

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?
    – Yes, but i cant remember which ones exactly.

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?
    – In 2011 I’ve been admitted into a running start program that allows me to go to college for 2 years for free, earn credits that count for both high school and college. With that I had the chance to experience college life in the fullest before I go to the actual college I’ve picked and I’ve saved 2 years worth of tuition.

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead?
    – I honestly cannnot see my future without education. The only reason why I wouldn’t go to college would be me going into missionary somewhere in deep Russia.

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!
    – I am going to become a Dietitian/Nutritionist.

    9. What scares you most about college?
    – Moving out!

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?
    – Yes, definitely. Because it says somewhere in the Bible that if two or three gather in Him name, He is there among them.

  41. Project Inspired

    Posted by hannahbug on February 8, 2013 at 16:14

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?
    Yes, I would like to move to Texas but there are good schools here in Oregon! I started thinking about college when I was a freshman.

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?
    There are lots of good resources online. College Board is a great one.

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?
    I look a prices, the college’s mission statement, the majors/programs that are available, and housing.

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when?
    Like I said above I’m considering some schools in Texas, but I’d be alright staying here. I do want to visit some colleges, but I don’t know when.

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?
    I don’t know of any specific scholarships yet, but I am planning to apply for some.

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?
    My high school doesn’t do a lot to help us. Some of the teachers can though.

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!
    I want to be a nurse, so look for schools with good nursing programs and make sure that they are good.

    9. What scares you most about college?
    The money (or lack thereof) scares me the most.My parents aren’t really in a position to really help me out financially so I’m going to have to pay for college myself.

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?
    I want to go to a Christian college. There is a lot ethics involved with nursing so I think that it would be good to get a solid Christian view on the medical field. I wouldn’t have to go to a Christian college though.

  42. ForeverChristian123

    Posted by ForeverChristian123 on February 8, 2013 at 16:14

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start you’re planning?
    Yes I started around this year late 2012- early 2013 in 8th grade. I know it’s early but hey at least I will have an idea about what collage I want to go to.
    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?
    Probably this great Christian camp I go to the councilors talk about their collages and I research them on Google and talk to my parents about them.
    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?
    Well of course I would need to be able to get a business degree and possibly more. I say my next highest thing is that it is a Christian college. When going to collage u are away from parents so it be easier to get in trouble and fall away from God I think a Christian collage makes those chances slimmer.
    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when?
    I’m planning on schools in my state. I plan to visit the schools when I am older either 10th or 11th grade.
    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?
    I hope to get a possible color guard scholarship depending on what collage I got to.
    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?
    They have already talked to us about collage preparation and stuff. They also offer a free collage program. One school is more like classes and the other is more like cars, nursing, cosmetology, cooking ect.
    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead?
    I plan on going to collage
    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!
    My plan is to become a cosmetologist. Because of my schools programs offered in 11th and 12th grade I shall be able to get my cosmetology license at the end of high school. My dream though is to eventually one day run my own business. My career did not influence my choice of where I want to go by much because most collages have a good business.
    9. What scares you most about college?
    My fear is that I will fall from God and get fall behind in grades.
    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?
    Yes so I can stay connected with Christian peers so I don’t fall away from my faith.

  43. violinist4Him

    Posted by violinist4Him on February 8, 2013 at 15:27

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?
    ~I haven’t yet, because I haven’t decided exactly which direction I will take after high school.

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?
    ~nothing haha

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?
    ~Obvisously somewhere that fits to what I want to major in and somewhere that has good faith-based programs and training since I want to be a missionary.

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when?
    ~It all depends on which college. If there’s an out-of-state one that has everything I need I don’t mind going there.

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?
    ~ If there is one then by all means yes!

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?
    ~I am homeschooled so..

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead?
    ~I’m not definitely going to college. After I graduate I’m going to attend a one-year internship program call Honor Academy in Garden Valley, Texas. It is a completely faith-based program and I’m hoping to figure out what my next step is there.

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!
    ~ It will definitely influence my choice 100%! I want to be a missionary.

    9. What scares you most about college?
    ~Probably just being completely independent and on my own.

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?
    ~Yes, yes, yes.

  44. AllisonGrace

    Posted by AllisonGrace on February 8, 2013 at 14:58

    Everybody should come to Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach Florida! It’s Christian, small, FUN, and less than a mile from the beach! The downside? It’s expensive. But they offer great scholarships. Everyone should check it out!

    • maria.ps.25.11

      Posted by maria.ps.25.11 on February 10, 2013 at 08:51

      Hey allison,
      I’ve been looking at universities in florida for a few months now and was interested about the one you’re talking about…However, I read some very neagtiv feedback about it saying people are closed minded and that the “school police” is a bit extreme sometimes… Have you been there? Can you tell me how you feel about it?

    • Remedy

      Posted by Remedy on February 9, 2013 at 17:05

      Wow, I actually don’t live far from there. The only downside is that it IS really expensive. I took an English course there and went there a couple times for Science. It’s actually pretty nice. Too bad I can’t go.

      • AllisonGrace

        Posted by AllisonGrace on February 10, 2013 at 09:15

        Aww that is too bad! I know, my parents and I both struggle to keep me here but it’s only by the grace of God!

  45. arosewilliams

    Posted by arosewilliams on February 8, 2013 at 14:37

    As a sophomore in college right now I encourage all high schoolers to be thinking about college and keeping grades up. On a more faith-based note, I go to one of the most liberal schools in the Northwest and that can be a really big struggle as a Christian. But if you are rooted in your faith nothing can knock you down. You should see the faces on some people when they find out I don’t party or do the “Greek Scene” even though I’m fun and outgoing. I tell them that I’m sure they have a blast but I have fun a different way and I invite them to join me. I try to live with the Holy Spirit living through me and helping me. I want people to know that college doesn’t have to be about the crazy Thursday nights, but about the friends and experiences you gain.
    I can also say that being in college and being on my own I’ve had to build my own faith. While I was in high school I had a strong faith but it wasn’t until last year that I realized that it wasn’t my own. I was basing it off of what my friends were doing and feeling. My freshman year at the U I got involved right away with a church and a small group. Because I did, I was able to grow my faith and myself in God and become the strong woman of God I am right now.
    God has a plan for you and it is beautiful, just like you all. Never give up and keep your eyes on HIM! Good luck to those applying, waiting or are in college. Love you all!

  46. Project Inspired

    Posted by godislove on February 8, 2013 at 14:35

    1. Yes! (i mean, im answering this survey… 🙂 ) I started thinking about colleges at the beginning of my sophomore year.
    2. Fisk Guide to Colleges has been very helpful, as well as Lauren Pope’s book, and the internet. I also have been meeting with college admissions people when they come to visit which is surprisingly fun.
    3. I am looking for a diverse, fairly small, and very smart student body in a medium sized city. I want a liberal arts school with a politically liberal feel, as well as no Greek houses and not a drinking culture.
    4. Besides Kalamazoo, all of my schools are out-of-state. I plan to visit as many as possible, apply to the rest, and certainly visit all of the ones that i get into.
    5. I plan to apply for a scholarship or two 🙂 I’m really hoping to be a national merit finalist!
    6. They host college fairs and things… my counselors aren’t really that helpful. I guess the most important thing is that i’ll be prepared for the college work load from all of the AP classes.
    7. nonapplicable
    8. I have no idea what i want to do, which is why i want to go to a liberal arts school so I can explore a bunch of topics and be well prepared for any job. Psychology or Anthropology would be fun major in. Or Spanish.
    9. Im scared for all of the choices – im afraid that i’ll pick the wrong school and hate it
    10. I will probably join something faith based, but not necessarily a christian organization. If there was a buddhist mediation club or a jewish choir i would consider joining. I’m actually looking at Brandeis, a Jewish university. But church groups are cool too, and i would try to attend church services at whatever colleges i end up going to.

  47. Project Inspired

    Posted by Joliela on February 8, 2013 at 13:24

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?
    Yes I have, I started this year as a sophomore.

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?
    Mycollegeoptions.com ; bigfuture.com ; lots of the websites the college board runs.

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?
    Scholarship options, if they look at the rigor of your high school classes, student to teacher ratio
    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when?
    Definitely considering out of state as well as in state. Probably will start visiting my junior year.

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?
    HOPE scholarship

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?
    Im taking college level classes (AP).

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead?
    I do.

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!
    Most places offer psychology, music and pre law so im not concerned.

    9. What scares you most about college?
    so much independence

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?
    if i feel like I have time.

    • Rachel20

      Posted by Rachel20 on February 9, 2013 at 12:13

      As a current college student, I would encourage you to definitely make time to be part of a faith-based group! It’s easy to get so busy that you feel like you don’t have time for God and gradually drift away. If you belong to a faith-based group, you get in the habit of having time with God. It’s such an encouragement to meet with other believers and share how your life is going and build each other up, and a great way to make new friends right away!

  48. Arealgirl

    Posted by Arealgirl on February 8, 2013 at 13:14

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?
    ♥ Yes! I want to go to a Culinary School. I haven’t visited any colleges yet ): but I’m working on it…

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?
    ♥uhhmmm…online, and other people who went to/are going to that type of college.

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?
    ♥Not to to far from home, a medium sized college, majors in baking and pastry, and the area it’s in.

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when?
    ♥Out of state schools? Sure! Why not? Yes, i am planning on visiting the schools, hopefully before Spring break, but i don’t think that’s going to happen.

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?
    ♥ Specific? No. But i do plan on applying for as many as i can find.

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?
    ♥….

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead?
    ♥ I am going to college! 😀

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!
    ♥I want to be a baking/pastry chef. Working in my own bakery. I’ve wanted to go into Culinary since probably 4th grade, after i saw this movie; “Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook off,” (i think it was called…) and i’ve been hooked ever since.

    9. What scares you most about college?
    ♥The people, the parties, the separation from home for so long.

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?
    ♥Yes! I will try my hardest to seek out a faith based group. I would absolutely love to be in one. Why? Because i want to stay in touch with God and with my faith.

    • MeghanHug99

      Posted by MeghanHug99 on February 9, 2013 at 09:45

      It’s my dream to be a Professional chef!! <3

    • Kyla

      Posted by Kyla on February 8, 2013 at 19:24

      Sounds awesome! I think that’s super interesting that you’re pursuing the culinary arts!

  49. TheGirlWithWings

    Posted by TheGirlWithWings on February 8, 2013 at 12:32

    1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?

    Yes, I have been planning since I was 13.

    2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?

    A website called Cappex.com. It connects you to different colleges based on your major and sends your profile to colleges that may be interested in you.

    3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?

    The most important thing is that it has well-rounded academic for my major and offers internships.

    4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when?

    I have considered out-of-state but will more than likely go to one in-state. I’ll probably begin touring colleges my junior year.

    5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?

    I hope to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship.

    6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions?

    Since I’m homeschooled I do most of the research by myself.

    7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead?

    Instead of going to college I would find a decent paying job and save up to start my own wedding/event planning business.

    8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!

    I only look at colleges that have a good communications department. I’d like to work in TV/Media or event planning so this major could be used for either.

    9. What scares you most about college?

    What scares me the most is not knowing what to do and not have my family there to help me.

    10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not?

    I will more than likely NOT be joining a faith-based college/group. I like hearing other people’s ideas and most of the Christians I know tend to be very closed-minded.

    • Rachel20

      Posted by Rachel20 on February 9, 2013 at 12:12

      As a current college student, I would encourage you to definitely make time to be part of a faith-based group. It’s such an encouragement to meet with other believers and share how your life is going and build each other up. I understand wanting to hear other people’s ideas, and you will hear plenty of new ideas at college, both in class and in conversations with other students. But meeting with fellow believers, who will be different than people you’ve met in the past, just helps you stay grounded in your faith and God’s Word.

    • Kyla

      Posted by Kyla on February 8, 2013 at 19:22

      You’ve looked into event planning? I’ve been considering that too! *high five*

  50. HurricaneMurphGirl

    Posted by HurricaneMurphGirl on February 8, 2013 at 12:05

    1. Well, I have to some extent. This is really the first year I’ve thought much about college.

    2. Um, well, my parents have been very helpful, because they offer me great advice without seeming to try to force me into what they want for me. They showed me some stuff about the college they went to, but they also showed me some other colleges that I might like as well.

    3. It needs to have a nursing program, and a work program. A work program is where you work on campus in order to get really good discounts on your tuition.

    4. I am, right now, looking at an out-of-state school. It has the nursing program and the work program. I have already visited it when we were on vacation, and while we didn’t get to do just a TON of stuff there, we were able to look around. Plus, it’s where my parents went to college, so they can tell me about it.

    5. I will be doing the work program, and there are some other grants and scholarships that the school provides allowing most students to go through college without amounting debt. In fact, they openly discourage debt.

    6. I am homeschooled so…

    7. N/A

    8. I feel like God is calling me to be a nurse, so it was imperative that the school had a nursing program. The school I’m looking at has a certified nursing department, as well as a practice clinic.

    9. Probably the pressure, but I know that God will help me through it.

    10. Well, the whole college is a Christian college, so…

    • Bekahswaim

      Posted by Bekahswaim on February 9, 2013 at 22:20

      1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning?
      Most start looking for colleges their junior year so they can have their applications filled out in November of their senior year. It’s always best to turn in your application as soon as possible.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Emily Therese on February 9, 2013 at 09:11

      Oh my goodness! Hhaha I love your post! I am homeschooled, and I am also looking for a college with good medical program, and I would love to graduate college debt free. And I love the Lord, and want to go to a college out of state hahah so funny!

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by Sarah Jo on February 15, 2013 at 16:32

        I’m homeschooled too and I am considering College of the Ozarks and I want to graduate debt free!!!!!! That’s so cool! 🙂

    • Aragorn

      Posted by Aragorn on February 8, 2013 at 20:16

      Thats so cool! I am going to be a nurse to:

    • Kyla

      Posted by Kyla on February 8, 2013 at 19:21

      Best of luck! I’ll be praying that everything works out for you!

    • blonde4god

      Posted by blonde4god on February 8, 2013 at 14:51

      What college is this? It sounds really cool. Simpson University is really similar. It has a great nursing program too!

      • HurricaneMurphGirl

        Posted by HurricaneMurphGirl on February 11, 2013 at 14:03

        It’s called ‘College of the Ozarks’ or C of O. Here’s their website: http://www.cofo.edu/

      • Bekahswaim

        Posted by Bekahswaim on February 9, 2013 at 22:40

        While enjoying and getting the most out of high school is definitely a top priority while you’re there, it’s never too early to start thinking about college. With that in mind, we’re curious as to what’s most important as you start looking for the right school for you to attend.

        1. Have you started thinking about where you might want to go to school? If so, when did you start your planning? I have been looking at a college I.n Missouri called college of the ozarks it’s nice because the tuition us completely covered by a work schedule each student us given. The student works fifteen hours a week on campus and the tuition is complexly paid for. If you enjoy the lake I highly recommend this college for you! It is never too early to start looking at colleges. Most seniors have their applications turned in by November

        2. What have been the most helpful resources in helping you look for a college?
        There are numerous books on colleges in America that you can categorize by looking for the profession you are looking at, and there’s always the web

        3. What are the most important things you’re looking for when looking at potential colleges?
        Cafeteria food is good, comfy sleeping rooms, friendly students and staff that make you feel at home and welcome. If you learn better one on one I recommend a small college with few students but if you would rather just be a number go for a large college

        4. Are you considering out-of-state schools or primarily local colleges? Will you visit the schools you may want to attend? If so, when?
        I personally am considering against going to a far away college because I know there will be those weekends where u just want to come home and fall asleep in MY bed. If your the type who gets home sick I wouldn’t recommend traveling to far away. I most certainly believe everyone should view the campus they will be attending, most say that when they set foot on the campus for the first time they know in their hearts it’s the right college fir them.

        5. Do you plan to apply for any specific scholarships?
        Of course it would be foolish not to. In our society every penny helps. There area my scholarships to apply fir! Some as silly as “people who write with their left hand” or “have brown eyes” there is a scholarship out there fur everyone you just have to fight for it

        6. How is your high school helping you prepare for these decisions? It’s defiantly taught me time management and keeping on top if my assignments. I highly recommend taking ap classes eve if you don’t get an a in the class it still looks great on the college application!

        7. If you don’t plan to go to college, why and what do you plan to do instead? If I were not to go to college I would defiantly be a stay at home mom I love kids and I want some if my own

        8. How much has your future career influenced where you want to go? If you know what you want to be, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking you’ll do!
        I definitely want to be a pre k teacher, the little ones At my school never cease to make me smile and what would be more rewarding then teaching the children life long skills they will use through out there life? I think it is a very noble career (being a teacher)

        9. What scares you most about college? Making new friends, trying to get into a sorority

        10. Will you join a faith-based group in college? Why or why not? It depends if u can find a group that is loving and accepting