By Abby Runnels, Intern
Though it has only been a few short years, it seems like a lifetime ago I was a senior in high school, frantically filling out dozens of forms and writing short essays, all for some imposing figure with glasses and an intimidating grimace to read and decide my fate. Though the bulk of applications and campus visits are done during senior year, as our high school guidance counselors liked to remind us, “It’s never too early to start preparing for college.”
Tackling this long and complicated process can be overwhelming at times. Luckily, here at Bright Sky Press, we have just what you need to navigate these waters and end up at the university that’s right for you!
Written by the mother-daughter team of Judith Widener Muir and Katrin Muir Lau, Finding Your U: Navigating the College Admission Process is a comprehensive guide to making sure the application process goes as smoothly as possible and sets you up for a great college experience.
The most important part of the admissions process is finding a place that fits you. As Muir and Lau write, “Fit is intangible. It is very personal. It will feel right. It may wrap around the environment, facilities, professors, or students. You will know when you have found it.” With many of the nation’s top colleges and universities right here in Texas, it can be tough picking between all of the schools our great state has to offer, not to mention all the out-of-state options.
Finding Your U provides sets of criteria that help students focus on what is essential to them in higher education. For example, the book asks, is distance from home important to you? What about class size? Extracurricular activities like sports and clubs? Do you feel trapped when you are not close to a decent-sized city, or would you give up the hustle and bustle of a thriving metropolis for a small college town in the middle of nowhere?
Whether you are in high school or are a parent with questions, Finding Your U can be a helpful tool for defining what you want in a college experience and ensuring you have everything you need to get you there.
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