Choosing Mount Union
When I was in 8th grade, I thought choosing which high school to attend was one of the most in depth choices of my life. Oh was I wrong. Choosing where you will spend possibly the four+ most important years of your life is WAY more stressful. This is where you make life-long friends, decide your career and make some very critical decisions. Scary, I know! But once you find that place where you can call your second home, everything else just falls into place.
When deciding which college to attend, I had to take many things into consideration:
I was almost 100% positive I wanted emerge into the eerie world of accounting. I needed a college that 1. offered this major and 2. was proficient in their business department. Also, cost is always a big deciding factor.
Soccer has been a huge part of my life since I was four years old. Would I continue to pursue my passion for the sport? Or would I call it quits and play on an intramural or local pick-up team? This factor played a big role in the division/size of each college.
The obvious initial question here is would I be courageous and travel far away? Or stay close to my hometown of Brunswick, Ohio? (I was not feeling too adventurous just yet)
Lastly, I had to think about what sort of people I wanted to surround myself with; where did I think that I would fit in best if I took all of these other factors away?
This caused me to take a step back and reflect on what all was important to me; let’s just say I made several pros and cons lists. After visiting many different college campuses (from student size of 2,000 to 20,000) and talking with various people, I came to a conclusion. The University of Mount Union was a perfect fit for me! It had everything I wanted.
Education: They have a great Department of Economics, Accounting and Business Administration, which accommodated my interest in accounting and also persuaded me into picking up marketing as my second major. Plus, the cost was not a problem!
Athletics: I could not be any happier that I decided to play soccer in college. It seemed like the perfect fit for me – not too overwhelming, life-long friends and playing for a great program.
Location: Mount Union is located about an hour and 10 minutes from my hometown. It is just the right distance to get the college experience away from home, yet still being able to visit whenever possible (which my parents love).
Atmosphere: After visiting the campus multiple times, I knew it was the right fit for me. Everyone was so friendly, willing to help and had so much school pride. That is exactly what I was looking for.
Even though the process can become very nerve-racking, all of the time and effort put into it is worth it in the end. I am so glad that I did all of the lists, research and communication with colleges to find the best choice for me. Attending the University of Mount Union was one of the best decisions I ever made and I am so thankful for everything that has happened from coming here. And lastly, some wise words of wisdom I picked up along the way:
Make pros and cons lists of each college
Talk with as many people as possible
Visit each campus, even if it takes multiple times to get a good feel
Take certain aspects out of the picture, could you imagine yourself there?
Find out absolutely everything about each college
Do not become too stressed
…and GO WHERE YOU WANT TO GO!