Em+College: Where Am I?

I’m officially halfway through my junior year, and I’ve had sooo many people ask me: where are you in your search? I really love following along with other’s college searches, so I definitely wanted to share mine with all of you! I’ve broken it all down into a few categories: My Major, My School, My Tests, and My Applications.

MAJOR

I want to major in journalism, with an emphasis in broadcast (so that I can achieve my dream career of being an anchor). Even though I’m pretty set on what I want to do, I’m also interested in taking some classes in producing and editing, so that I can be a well-rounded journalist. I’m looking for a school that gives me the ability to study broadcasting, and has a student news station, so that I can practice being on-air before I actually graduate.

SCHOOL

I’ve been struggling to figure out what I want most in a college. Is it the campus? Social life? Academic rigor? The honors college? So, to figure that out, I’ve been touring. I’ve toured University of Denver (totally random, we were just in the area), University of Southern California, and Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix. I’ve loved various things about each (and for the linked ones, click for my thoughts) but I’m not 100% set on any of them yet. I’m planning on touring Northwestern this summer, and several more, if and when I get accepted. Currently, I have my search down to about four schools, give or take one. I don’t plan on applying to more than 5 or 6 schools, considering that applications are usually about $75, and I only want to apply to schools that I could really see myself going to if I was to be accepted. Point is, I’m more about the practicality than the “I got into 10 schools!” approach.

TESTS

I’m not sure how much of this I can talk about on my blog, so I’ll give you what I know I can share. I’ve currently taken the PSAT twice and the SAT once. I improved each time, and currently, I’m sitting at a score that I am proud of! I am planning on taking my SAT once more in the Spring. I’ve never taken the ACT, but I personally feel like I’ve done so well on the SAT that it’s not really necessary for me to take the ACT at all. I used Khan Academy to study for FREE, and let me say, it definitely paid off and I would 10/10 recommend.

APPLICATIONS

I haven’t started any applications yet, as many for the Fall of 2020 open in July! I’ll keep y’all updated, but so far, all of the schools I’m applying to are through the Common App, except for one (yikes, why can’t they all be on the same platform). I’m starting to pick out which teachers I want to write my recommendations, and what things I’m going to put on my college resume. Point is, I’m so glad I’ve started to think about this ahead of time, because there are so many more pieces than I thought.

That’s about where I am at the moment, but I’ll be sure to keep you all updated as I progress through the actual process. If you’re younger (or my age) and have any questions, let me know so I can answer them! I’d love to let you all know how my journey is going!

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