Choosing a college can be one of the most overwhelming experiences of your life. But, it can also be the one of the most rewarding. Even though I am a few years removed from my university experience, I still remember going through the entire process of picking a college like it was yesterday. I grew up and attended high school in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA and when my Junior year started, my college search kicked into high gear. The first step was narrowing my search. While I would have loved to attend a school like Juilliard, I knew that I would be limited to a school in the state of Pennsylvania, where I am from. This didn’t narrow my search much as there are 12 state schools in Pennsylvania.
So how did I start the process of picking a college? The very first thing I did was go to one of the national college fairs in my city. That was probably the most overwhelming part of the whole process— so many tables with brochures that caught my eye. I knew I wanted to major in Music and that I wanted a medium sized school. So while half of the attendees were swarming the larger universities tables, I found my way over to the schools that I knew were more for me. I walked passed a few and was fairly unimpressed, and then I found one that just seemed to hit all the right notes. I was in front of the Kutztown University table. So I took every piece of information they offered and called it a day. This all took place before everything was done on the internet, so the majority of my research was reading brochure after brochure. I probably got information from about 10 schools, and of those 10 schools only three held any interest for me.
The first was obligatory as my mother is an alumna of Indiana University of PA so I felt the need to apply there regardless. The second was Cedar Crest, which I looked at for a second before I realized it wasn’t for me. The third was Kutztown University. The more I read about it the more it just seemed to fit my needs and goals. It had everything I was looking for and a few things I didn’t even know I wanted until I explored further into the University and what it has to offer. It had my intended major and a great curriculum; the location was lovely; and they had an equestrian team. That’s what sealed the deal for me. So there I had it, the two schools that I would apply to. I got my applications in so early I received my admission decisions well before Christmas. And yes, I was fortunate enough to be accepted to both.
Now for the fun part—campus tours! My parents and I, along with one of my friends took a trip up to IUP. My friend ended up attending. I, however, felt as though it was not the right environment for me. So I was left to see Kutztown on my own. My parents and I took a trip there in late February for an official visit. From the moment we entered the quaint little town I could feel myself relax. When we stepped onto campus and I looked up at the clock tower on top of Old Main, I fell in love. I knew I was home. Now I am a proud alumna of Kutztown University.
There were so many reasons why I chose Kutztown, but ultimately, I just really liked it and felt at home there. And if I had to do it all again, the only changes I would make are registering for a pre-college enrichment program during one of my summers prior to applying. There, I could have taken a course in writing for college admissions and other college boot camp type classes. Otherwise, I am very pleased with my choice as it has led me to every step of the journey I am on today.