Should You Really Pick the Best College?

If you’ve been getting accepted to colleges, or are still awaiting your decisions, you may be thinking: “If I get into the most prestigious university out of my list, that’s the one I’m going to attend.” 

That is understandable, but there are multiple factors that should be thought about before making such a set-in-stone, final decision. For example: 

Cost

The cost of attending college in the United States is the most expensive in the world (yes, you heard that right!), so saving money in whichever way you can is extremely important. Whether that is attending a cheaper institution, or simply staying in-state in order to not acquire out-of-state costs, it’s wise to be weary of how much money will be accumulating over time. For example, if you want to attend Columbia University, the annual estimated tuition fee is $57,708. Times that by 4 years, and you’re at about $230,832. That doesn’t factor in the cost of living, how much you will spend on food and travel, etc. Also, if you have to take out loans like many college students, the interest rates will be factoring in year by year, making your overall repayment cost a lot more expensive than the amount you originally took out. Have I scared you enough? Just kidding. That’s just the reality of the cost of college in the United States, so if you can pick an institution where you are in-state, and possibly will receive scholarships, go for it, especially if you are having to take out loans. You’ll thank yourself later – trust me. 

The Location

Many students commit to a college solely based on its reputable standing and what it will look like on their resume, instead of picking it based on the livability of the area, if they actually like the campus, etc. It’s important as a student to be aware of where you will be living for the next four or so years. If you don’t drive, you don’t want to attend a school that has little no public transportation in the area. If you don’t want to live in a dangerous area, you want to make sure you are aware of the surroundings of the college. You also want to be aware of the cost of living, for example; you don’t want to be paying $700 rent for a dingy apartment where nothing works, as opposed to the option of paying the same for a good quality living space. 

Overall, a combination of cost, the location, etc. should be factors considered when choosing a college. You will be dedicating 4 years of your life, and a lot of money will be going into it. Many students want the name of a school on their backs, instead of picking the institution that is right for them. Don’t pick a school and then regret it; make the right choice for yourself – don’t let the pressure of what people expect of you steer your decision-making. 

Did you know? 

Getting good grades in high school can give you a greater chance of obtaining grants and/or scholarships. Also, if you choose to go to an in-state institution, there are state-based programs, like Florida Bright Future scholarships. If you meet particular GPA and SAT/ACT requirements (that vary based on the state), you get to obtain scholarships for college.

Here at Miles Smart Tutoring, a family-owned and operated company, we can help you to obtain great grades in order to make yourself competitive for college admissions as well as make it more likely for you to gain scholarships. 

We provide tutoring for most subjects, including but not limited to: mathematics, English, language, science, as well as test prep, and more. We provide tutoring for all ages, also. 

No matter if you just need help with homework every now and then, or you want 6 months worth of SAT prep, we are here to help you with whatever you need, no matter the magnitude.

We offer in-person and online tutoring. We are based in St. Petersburg, Florida, but you can access a tutor from the comfort of your own home anywhere in the nation. One of our professional tutors can help you to improve upon one subject, or multiple – whatever your need is. 

We truly care for our students, and that’s what makes us different. We care about the outcome and our student’s overall success, not the paycheck. 

Our results are unmatched. We have helped our students obtain over $11 million in scholarships and grants based on SAT, ACT and LSAT results. We were the recipient of the 2019 ‘Best of St. Petersburg Award in the Area of Tutoring Service,’ and we are proud to maintain our 5-star Google rating.

If you’d like to learn more about our services, you can visit our website: www.milessmarttutoring.com, or call (813) 328-3036 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you! “Achieving Miles of Greatness” 

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