College Decisions; Keep An Open Mind

At the beginning of my college search, I was deadset on going away.  However, due to limited funds, ‘away’ was only about three hours from home and in-state.  At the time, I was ignorant in thinking that college is the ideal time for going away.  Although in-state tuition is cheaper than out-of-state, the expenses of dorming, books, and other college necessities add up, and eventually they bring you into debt.  Of course this didn’t stop me from dreaming of getting away, though.  My top choice for a long time was Ohio State, but after gathering more information about the grades and test scores required for acceptance, that top choice slowly moved down in the ranks, due to my subpar academic outlook.  An unfortunate part about life is wanting what you can’t have, especially if that thing you want leads to even bigger things you want (getting into OSU would lead to me getting out of here, which was big, or so I thought).  So with that dream crushed, I was back to square one of my college search.

And then I met with my counselor.  I told her of my unrealistic plan of OSU, which she actually still encouraged.  Instead of shooting it down completely, she told me that applying would never hurt.  With that, she gave me great information about my major, marketing, and which colleges have the best business programs.  Ironically, she said that UC’s Lindner College of Business is one of the best business programs out there.  I was very hesitant to look into it, because of how close to home it is, but I gave it a shot anyway.  My counselor invited me to a informational breakfast that Lindner was having for rising seniors.  Though reluctant at first, I accepted her offer and attended the breakfast.

First, just let me say that I’m from the westside, where everyone knows everyone, and where it’s all the same people, everywhere, all the time, and with that perspective, it was hard for me to see Cincinnati as anything other than that.  It was an ignorant attitude, but at the time I thought it was just.  But then, everything suddenly changed.  At the Lindner College of Business breakfast I attended, I learned about everything our city of Cincinnati has to offer.  Cincinnati is a thriving city with many successful companies, and UC has partnerships with a lot of them.  UC business students get the opportunity to be apart of these partnerships.  The woman who presented at the breakfast asked a question that really made me think; “Why go anywhere else when you have all the resources you need so close to home?”  She made an excellent point.  By the time the breakfast was over, my mind had been changed about staying close to home for college.  I realized college isn’t about getting away, it’s about figuring out what you want to do, and how you can do it, and gaining experience, and if the experience I wanted is offered so close to me, there’s no reason to want to go anywhere else.

Julia Von Allmen ’16

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