‘Tis the season for college acceptance letters. The moment is here when you are finally hearing back from all of the schools you applied to. It is exciting but so, so, so nerve wracking. Now is the hardest part; making the right decision.
Thinking back to a few years ago, I was stressed to the max because I could not make a decision right away on where I wanted to go to college.
It was early December 2013 and I had two giant envelopes on the table in front of me.
One was white and the other was red.
I sat at my kitchen table and stared.
Stared at these two envelopes. Stared at all the endless possibilities both held. Stared and thought what my future would hold if I chose one over the other.
I honestly did not know what to chose. I did not know where to go. I simply could not make a decision on what college to attend.
The red envelope seemed so promising and amazing, yet there was something about the white envelope that kept catching my eye.
I studied the mission of each college. I studied the Communication departments for each college. I studied the course lists for each department. I studied the campus, faculty, and even distance from home.
One was located in the city. Am I a city girl? Could I even navigate my way around a large campus?
The other was located in a small town that was not too far from the city, but held a lot of personality. It was a small campus, but does it hold what I really want from a college?
I studied and studied and studied. I needed to make sure I found my perfect fit. Finally, I came to that decision.
Turning down Saint Joseph’s University was one of the toughest moments in my life. I fell in love with the campus as soon as I stepped foot on it, but I felt that something was missing there.
The little campus tucked away in the woods stole my heart.
The close-knit campus community was what I was really looking for. That was what drew me in. It was somewhere that I belonged. Somewhere that I was accepted and could turn to anyone for help. It was somewhere that was a home away from home.
Pulling into the Cabrini College entrance at the end of August 2014 was a nerve-wracking yet breathtaking experience. There were balloons lining the whole entrance and students roaming around looking for incoming freshmen to help. Though I had tears in my eyes from being so nervous, I opened my Dad’s truck door, stepped onto the pavement, and knew that I made the right decision.
Deciding on what college or university to go to will be one of the hardest but most rewarding decisions you will ever make. Choosing Cabrini was one of the best decisions I have ever made, and I hope you choose Cabrini too. The University offers such a diverse and welcoming climate that you will feel like you have been a part of the campus community your whole life.
This is your decision. Your school for the next four years. Make sure it is your right decision. Your home away from home.