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Making Big Decisions!

Avery dives into the nitty-gritty of making college decisions.

Avery dives into the nitty-gritty of making college decisions.


Starting to make big, (maybe scary) life decisions right about now?

Yep, ’tis the season… Spring is in the air and change is coming. For some of us, that can be exciting, and for others, this may be the first time that you’ve made a decision about your life in meaningful, ponderous ways. Whether you fit into those two categories, or you are off in your own space, I am here with you!

How do you decide what you want?

This question came up a lot for me during my college search. I found it very helpful to sit down and really think about what I want out of a college experience. For me, some big factors played into my decision to come to Carleton. Here are some of them:

+proximity to home and my support networks…

+financial aid package from Carleton (check out the College Cost Estimator)

+academic rigor & standards at Carleton

+the size of Carleton

+reputation for warm, welcoming community

I would recommend taking some time and space to figure out what you want out of a college experience.

  • What are the make or break things on your list?
  • What factors are you considering when making choices about college?
  • What information do you need?
  • What supports do you need from a college?
  • Does location matter?
  • Do you want to live in a small town?
  • Do you like doing homework a lot?

These are things to consider! I offer these questions because ultimately, you can’t make a wrong or a right choice. But you can make a decision without fully considering what your wants and needs are!

Oh, and the decisions keep coming!

I thought that college applications were the last of the applications, but boy was I wrong! I have recently filled out what feels like 10 applications for various programs, internship funding, jobs and interest houses.

Since Carleton is filled with lots of different places and spaces to discover, I have been applying all over to see how I can shape my experience here. I just applied to live in Wellstone House for Organizing and Activism and Farm House, because communal living is beautiful 🙂 and I want to be more connected to projects and planning on campus. I also recently applied for a job at the Perlman Teaching Museum, because ART rocks!

I wanted to share this information, because know that there are always things that will come up that will interest you. And making lists and weighing advantages and disadvantages is a skill. There will always be more choices to make!


After taking a gap year and exploring the world outside of the classroom, Avery is ready to start her freshman year at Carleton! You can find her out in the Arb trying to identify plant species or in the Library reading about abolitionist education theory and working class movements of the 20th and 21st centuries. Her passions and interests align most with American Studies, Education Studies, and History. Meet the other bloggers!