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Many factors to consider when choosing a college

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For high school seniors all over the nation, choosing a college can be scary, exciting or just plain confusing. Every college is different, and so is every student attending or planning on attending. Choosing the right college that fits a student's academic and personal needs takes a great deal of critical thinking and planning.

Seniors at Braxton County High School look at many different qualities when looking into the ideal college and what it has to offer them. Some consider the cost, how far away from home it is and even the size of the student body, but others look at the school's academic qualities and opportunities.

Senior Serena Helmick, who plans on attending Glenville State College in the fall, was looking for a college that fit both of her majors' needs. She plans to major in teaching and criminal justice.

"I want to go to Glenville because it is close to home, and it has a good teaching and criminal justice program," she said. "I am really excited to start college at Glenville."

Another senior who plans on going to Glenville for its criminal justice program is Danny Mosley.

"I want to go to Glenville because they have a really good criminal justice program," Mosley said. "I want to make new friends and meet new people."

Senior Dustin Bragg agrees with Mosley and Helmick, but he also looks at the location of the college when it comes to finding the ideal school.

"I look at the programs available for my choice of major, the location of the college and [where] friends [are going]," said Bragg, who plans to attend West Virginia University and major in chemical engineering. He has received an engineering scholarship from the high school.

Some students, like senior Tony Conrad, look at a college's principles.

"I want to go to a college with good morals," he said.

Like Helmick and Mosley, Conrad wants to study at Glenville, with a planned major in sports management. He also wants to attend Glenville because he wants play baseball there.

Different colleges have all types of reasons for a student to study there, so choosing the right school can be a challenge. Students need to consider every aspect of the college they are looking into and make sure that it fits their every educational and personal need.


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