Monday October 5, 2015

Major Choices

It's the most wonderful time of the year. 

No, not Christmas. 

Fall. 

It's that time of the year where there's a chill in the air, leaves fall from the trees, and you start counting down the days till Christmas. Students mingle around campus, debating whether or not to break out the winter coats. Interestingly enough, tours full of wide-eyed high school seniors begin making their way around campus. I can't help but think of my first visit here when I see these groups, almost a solid year ago from this point. With so much going on in my mind at the time, its crazy to think how easily Dayton became my number one choice of college. But how did we get to that point? Welcome to Part 1 of Major Choices: Picking a College. Everyone has their own personal criteria when it comes to choosing the college for them, so let me tell you how mine led me to being a Freshman at the University of Dayton

Size of student body: 

If you're like me, you probably want some actual attention from your professors in college as opposed to being lost in 300+ student lecture halls. Just like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, I wanted a college that was just right--not too large, and not too small. In my college search, I had looked at schools with an enrollment of anywhere between 5,000 and 65,000, and Dayton's roughly 12,000 was right where I wanted it. Smaller enrollments typically lead to smaller class sizes, which turned out to be true for me with my largest class size being 32 students. Large enough to help your reach your goals, small enough to feel like home.

Student Organizations: 

What's it like to be a student here? Will I be able to be engaged with my passions?  The answer is yes. With over 200 clubs (and counting), there’s more than enough to fill up your free time. Want to make your own club? Chances are someone has already made it. We have a squirrel watching club. Why? Because someone wanted to bring their passion to life, and their passion just happened to be watching squirrels. You have a passion, and Dayton will give you the resources to make it come to fruition. 

Housing and Residence Life: 

Wait, you’re telling me I have to live with someone else in college? Yes, and you’ll love it. One thing unique about the University of Dayton is that you will live on campus all of your four years here, and I love that. You want to live in a house with your friends? Same price as living in a dorm. If you have the chance to stay a night with a friend on campus, I highly suggest it. Nothing like learning about the college experience by actually experiencing it. 

There you have it! The fall is an exciting time when it comes to your college hunt, so make sure to take some time to think about what you are really looking for in a college. I guarantee you, Dayton will have what you’re looking for. 

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