No doubt, that deciding which university to enter is stress. It is one of the most difficult and important decisions that determines your future. How can you be sure that you are making the right and thoughtful choice? This is a very difficult task. That is why to help you in this process we decided to share the most common mistakes that future students and their parents make when choosing a university.
Finding the right university requires a lot of time and effort. The application process is also very long procedure and requires serious preparation. Do not wait until very last minute and do not waste your time – plan in advance and try to get all information about the university, application requirements and deadlines. In this process, the key is your pro-activity.
2. To be a follower.
Choosing university only because your boyfriend, girlfriend or best friend going there can seem like a good idea, because you want to be close to them. But you must remember that it is one of the most important and responsible decisions in your life. You rather should make this decision based on your needs and what’s best for yourself. If your friendship is real and strong, then no distance or time can break it.
3. Family tradition.
In many families there is a tradition to follow the way of parents. However, to make a choice only in view of the universities that your parents, siblings, or other family members graduated, may not be in your best interests. It is always better to consider all options and find the right one for you.
Do not make a choice only to contradict someone – considering only universities that your parents do NOT want you to enter, also is not smart strategy. Sometimes parents have a better understanding of what might be best for you. Do not make a choice based emotions and anger. This will lead you to the wrong path. Make choice based on what you want.
5. You’re a fan.
We all have our favorite sports teams. However, to choose a university only because they have a strong sports team is not the wisest decision. It doesn’t mean at all that this is a suitable university and what they can offer in terms of learning will suit your needs and life goals. In the end, you must learn, not root for their team. You can be a fan anywhere, but you cann’t study anywhere.
6. Fear of failure.
By not submitting your application, only because you think that you will not be accepted, you underestimate your potential and limit your future. You never know what you can achieve unless you try, so at least try.
Regardless of whether you are stay-at-home person or want to leave as far away from home as possible, the location of the university should not be the only factor for making a decision. Of course, we do not say that this should not be taken into account, but it is not worth making a choice just because of the location.
8. Study costs.
Forgetting to consider costs or consider costs as the only factor are two main mistakes that must be avoided. Cost is without doubt a huge obstacle for many people nowadays, but there are many other factors that should be considered. It is important to make a financial plan and understand your capabilities. Also, do not forget about scholarships, grants and financial aid programs. Generally, in order to receive them, you must submit required documents and apply for such opportunities in advance.
9. Not visiting the campus.
Other people’s experience can be very subjective, and the dream university of one person can become a nightmare for someone else. In addition, only checking website or university brochures is a big mistake, because they tend to idealize university life and experience. Therefore, students get unrealistic expectations from what the campus is. It is always better to visit the campus to be able to see everything with your own eyes and make up your own opinion.
10. Persistent parents.
Allowing your parents to decide which university you should go to, or even being forced by your parents, is not great at all. You need to think about what you want from the university. In the end, you will build your life and if the choice turns out to be wrong, you will have to face and deal with the consequences, not your parents.
11. Narrow-minded choice.
Maybe you want to choose a university, because you were dreaming about it since childhood. However, it is a huge mistake not to explore all other options. No doubt you can still follow your dream, but we just ask you to check out alternatives as well. Just because you think that this is what you want does not mean that you can’t ask questions and, believe us, the one never can ask too many!
We hope that these tips will help you make thoughtful and right choice that will not give any reasons for regrets in future.