Isabel Rodriguez-Vega is a senior at Skyline High School in Oakland.
College acceptance and decision time is much more exciting than the application process. Suddenly the tables have turned, and the colleges that you desperately tried to win over are now hoping you will choose them over the others. They start sending an endless amount of letters telling you how great they are and sometimes attempt to woo you with gifts. I’ve actually received a T-shirt and luggage tag from two schools.
But when it really comes down to decision time all this stuff is useless in helping to make your decision. Many aspects of the school must be taken into account and today financial aid has become an increasingly important decision factor.
Money was of course one of the deciding factors for myself, but not to a huge extent because my first choice schools were the ones who offered me the best financial aid packages. Contrary to what most would expect, it will be cheaper for me to attend a private university than a state school, which made my decision process much easier.
Things got difficult when I had to choose between two great schools, both of which I would love to attend but both very different. In the end I chose Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, but now that I’ve made the decision I can’t help having some doubts about whether or not I made the right choice. Either way I will be far away from home and out of my comfort zone, which is a scary and exciting thought.