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The College Search

Justin Oei and Christopher Ocker, Staff Writers

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By this point in the year, high school juniors around the world are engaging themselves in a search process to decide where they will be spending the next four years after graduating from high school. For some, it can be an exciting time, and for others, quite stressful. This week, Chris Ocker and I decided to share some of our thoughts about our respective search processes.

 

1) How is your college search going? How enjoyable has it been thus far?

CO: I am doing great in my college search, thank you for asking.

JO: It’s going pretty well, although at times it can be a bit tiring/stressful.


2) What are you looking for in a school and what type of school would you like to go to?

CO: I am looking for a school that had a detailed academics but still some extracurricular activities in the arts. Medium to small school size is what I am looking for.

JO: I’d like a school that is, at its heart, a community — not just a place where people go to learn/party/whatever else and that’s it. I tend to have been looking at medium to small schools as well (<15,000 undergrads).


3) What’s been the most challenging part of the search so far?

CO: Finding colleges that are nearby that still offer the major I want. I don’t have a lot of time to do research so I am usually clueless with recommendations that people give to me.

JO: Basically, I’ve spent any time we had off this spring semester traveling up and down the eastern seaboard to visit colleges. The constant, “marathon”-esque traveling is hard (especially if we are driving). Unfortunately, the rest of the colleges I want to see are even further away, out of driving distance and will thus require me to use the horrible Newark Airport if I want to go see them.


4) As a closing question, what do you want to major in?

CO: Engineering, either mechanical or chemical.

JO: History and/or government/IR, but if I could double major or minor in music that would be nice too.

Photo Credit: Reynolds School District

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