Decisions..help?!

I think everyone who reads my blog will remember my post about possibly transferring colleges. I got so much awesome advice. But I need more. Or just opinions. So here it goes.

I’m weird. πŸ™‚

-I currently commute (finishing my freshman year) to Penn State New Ken and I do like it but it doesn’t have too much to offer in the way of activities/opportunities/athletics/spirituality.

@ PSU πŸ˜‰

-I applied and was accepted to Seton Hill, which is about 30 minutes from my home. It is a bigger college but also more expensive. [Think $37,000] Here is the update *they decided to lower my tuition (through athletic scholarships) down in the $20,000’s.* Which is still crazy.

-Seton Hill has a lot to offer in the academic department, athletic department (cross country + track) , and with activities. But they are a Catholic university and I’m Christian. It’s kind of a big difference buttt I would still be able to attend my church since Seton is only 30 minutes from my house.

Seton Hill^

-Now another update: I am also looking into a Christian college in WV. Ohio Valley University is a tiny college, but I know it has the same beliefs as my faith and I love that. They are also willing to offer me scholarship money which will make tuition around $14,000. That is doable but I don’t really know their academic reputation and the school is about 3 hours away.

-Other options I have looked into: Joining the Navy reserves (don’t judge!), going south for college (like GA, TN, FL) because it is a lot cheaper, and transferring to PSU main which is about 2 hours from me.

Soooo, what do ya think?! Advice.. opinions?

15 comments

  1. I wish I had advice for you but I don’t know a lot about college. Seton sounds like a good opportunity but if it isn’t in line with your beliefs maybe another one might be better? I don’t know what I would choose if I were you. 😦 I’m looking at colleges to apply to next year and theres a lutheran college I like in CA closer to home (than my other choices) but the academics aren’t nearly as challenging as the others…. Soo idk!?

  2. Ah such a hard decision. I go to an expensive school, and am lucky enough that my parents and scholarships have helped out QUITE a bit β€”Β and my experience at the school has definitely been worth it. Have you visited them all? If not, I think you should! How you feel could really make the difference. Pick where you feel most at home.

  3. Are you going to Seaton primarily because of the athletics? The heardest thing for me was not choosing a school for the athletics but for the programs and the religious reasons. I would go where you find the most programs. You have your whole life to run, but you don’t know what you’ll do with your life! πŸ™‚

    Although I did enjoy the Seaton Hill blog and the college looked beautiful. πŸ™‚

  4. oh wow, so many choices. Well I would say that cost may not seem like the biggest issue right now but post graduation when you start paying back any loans you might have it will be the BIGGEST issue so definitely weigh the costs heavily.

    After considering the cost I would write prioritize the other aspects: how far away from home you are, spirituality, how highly regarded the school is, activities, etc. Then you can rank the school according to your needs.

    I look forward to reading more about your decision I know it can be a tough one to make! πŸ™‚

  5. My freshman year I went to school for athletics and not because of the academic programs (I go to public school so religion wasn’t a factor for me). I transferred my sophomore for 2 reasons. 1) I wasn’t happy with swimming anymore 2) For academics. I wanted to be at a school that had an awesome academic program (specifically for my major, pre-vet) so I’d have a better chance at getting in to vet school. Also the school I’m at now has SO many more diff programs like clubs and that sorta thing.

    Personally I’d say go where you know you can get a good education because that is what is going to get you jobs in the future and into graduate school (if you plan to go). But also make sure it has the fun stuff you want too because social lives are important too πŸ˜‰ (oh and catholic is just a different form of christianity πŸ˜‰ )

    Good luck with your decision!!!

  6. I vote you definitely switch up schools! 14,000 or even 20,000 is a ton sure; but it’s 3 years of AMAZING, incredible opportunities in your life and if you’re not 100% happy with your college now, you should definitely leave. I’m a huge advocate for truly enjoying those college years, and the money won’t matter so much by the time you’re 40 anyways. πŸ™‚

  7. The best advice I can give you is to follow your heart….if you go to the college you want to go to it will be a much better experience and you will get more out of it.

  8. H.A.R.D.I.N.G!!!!!!

    πŸ˜€

    Okay okay, I know it’s a stretch, I just think it’d be cool. πŸ˜‰

    Seton Hill sounds great, but I would just encourage you what we emailed about before (regarding paying off loans).

    Girl, I cannot emphasize enough how blessed I was to go to a Christian college. Surrounded by a faith based learning environment was amazing. My professors cared deeply about me and the whole campus had a set-apart attitude. Anyone from a State school visiting knew without a doubt that we were different… and I’m grateful for that. I know some people put down Christian schools because they say you are just living in a bubble, but honestly – that bubble was wonderful. I was aware of things outside the bubble, but LOVED getting to live in it for those four years. I love life after college too, but there is just something wonderful about having that Christian atmosphere surrounding you during your college years. I mean, there will always be all the “partying” stuff even at Christian schools, but at least it isn’t the norm and you don’t have to feel like the “odd man out” because you don’t participate.

    Aaaanyway, I know this is long, but girl, I REALLY think you should look into Ohio Valley! Financially it’s a responsible decision, emotionally – it would challenge you to grow because you’d be a little further from home (but still close enough to drive back frequently if you wanted to!!), spiritually it’s obviously a great choice, and that really just leave academically. But in the fields you are looking at, you should be able to get jobs without a problem with your BA. And there are tons of MA programs that will accept you as long as your GPA is high enough if you decide to go that route. Maybe you should at least visit the campus and see what you feel about it?

    Ps. I just researched OVU and discovered that it was founded by HARDING people! I just love that option all the more now! πŸ˜‰

  9. I think that you will just “know” what to do when the time comes.
    The WV school sounds promising and you know how I feel about FLORIDA.

    Don’t be afraid to be far away from home. I get a feeling that family is everything for you and I get that and it will be hard to be far away yet easier than you think and if you don’t like it you can always transfer.
    Go visit the other schools. Look for that “heart nudge” that God will give you.

    Try and avoid student loans. I never had any and to this day I thank my lucky stars. People spend up into their late 30s paying those things off.

  10. College is about SO much more than the academic classes.
    Have you ever heard the quote “Don’t let your academics get in the way of your education” ?
    Transferring is tough, yes, but much easier if you are in a place where you will ultimately be comfortable than the other option of staying at a cheaper, unfulfilling school.
    *Just a note, Catholics are Christians. Non-catholic Christians are Protestants πŸ™‚

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