Choosing the Best University
Everyone can attest to the joy of being able to choose. However, not at all times do people consider this freedom to choose simple. More often than not, selecting entails anxiety. It could be tedious to the point of impossibility.
Students who are currently applying for their higher education course and institution can say ‘amen’ to that. With the wide variety of variables to consider, the selection of their ‘best university’ can be characteristically overwhelming.
To help these students move through this phase of selection, below are few points to reflect:
Watch the Deadlines, Start Early, or Go Get a Gap Year
Deciding, ideally, starts during your secondary education. This makes perfect sense; secondary years are the ripe time to start retrofitting your academic activities to successfully achieve the marks required for your course.
Moreover, the rest of your non-academic chores will also be tailored for your prospective course or even career. A great bulk of your secondary activities – both academic and non-academic – will make up your future personal statement. Perhaps, you may even write an activity journal to chronicle your activities and use it later for the drafting of the said statement.
And if this ideal start is followed, you need not take notice of the deadlines. Otherwise, you’ll have to map your steps and allocate a schedule for everything. An example would be to take two days for course and institution-research, and another two days for open day-visits. After a week, you outline observation points to which will help you arrive at a choice.
If you find your efforts in vain – meaning, you still are undecided – you got to face it: you’ll have to take a gap year. In the duration of this time, certainly…
Consider the Course and University You Like
With the number of years (i.e., 3-4) to which you suffer in case you hate or dislike the course, it’s just crucial to hold on to your highly preferred course. If you haven’t carved a course for you yet, try matching your interests with courses.
Now, though there are direct matches, like Engineering to engineer, why not widen your choices with its varieties, like Medicine to nurse, doctor, researcher, and so on? And since you’re doing a matching type, why not match careers from course?
In terms of institutions, how do you know which one you might really like? Count on these workable variables: location is near or far the city, cost of living is cheap or affordable, host parties and events of which you like, – the rest you could add.
Take careful note of the mutual appraisal happening in between you and the institution. While they might have something you like, do you have what they ideally like of their students?
Research Can Answer Your Questions
The best way to meet all of your follow-up questions is by doing your part in research. For one, watch your qualifications; are they fitting for your desired course? Try using the following resources in your research: UCAS’ Entry Profiles and League Tables.
Another form of resource to which you should chance to meet is the last year’s school-leavers. Have a chat with them; ask specific questions or let them have the reigns by asking them to elaborate their experience in the university, and as a member of the institution. Inquire what they like the most, and least liked about their stay. Moreover, ask them some useful tips for which they are willing to provide if you choose the institution.
And to make your research effort fun, visit during different open days and immerse in the momentary experience.