College student choice is even more complicated for African American students, who often feel conflicted due to the impact that their choice has on others -- those in black communities and in their own families.
One size doesn't fit all. There are many paths to individual economic success. Not all include a college education. A rush for credentials of any kind can concentrate the social, economic and political power of our nation into the hands of a very few.
You've looked around; you've talked to faculty; you've met with staff; the coach has shown you the locker room and the resident assistant has shown you the room. You love it here or you hate it here, and that's going to be the most important factor.
The students who graduate about which I have no worry are those that have worked hard, become passionate about something, learned to think critically and to communicate their thoughts coherently. Their major or minor is almost irrelevant.
It was a foolproof plan, I thought. I envisioned myself embarking on a journey to defy convention, to prove to everyone (or maybe just to myself) that it is possible to follow your high school boyfriend to college and end up happy and successful.
If your child has to make a decision now as to what school to attend, help take some of the pressure off. Choosing a school is not like answering a multiple choice exam question where there is just one right answer.