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Making the Big Decision: What We Wish Someone Would Have Told Us

Choosing where to attend college can be scary. There are a lot of unknowns that no matter how much research you do, you can’t truly find out until you are on campus as a student yourself. Whether it is about the best foods at the Dining Halls, or the best study spots around campus, these are things that just take time to figure out.

Now, as experienced students themselves, we hear what these students wish they would have known while they were making their decisions to enroll at Emory.

Akash Shanmugam: San Jose, California

“During the college application process, I remember that there were certain factors that you can easily quantify and weigh in your decision – financial aid, program strength, or the alumni network. However, there are some factors that you’ll never truly understand until you walk onto campus – the people, the feel of the buildings, the study spots, the food, the culture. These are small things that seem insignificant, but they are factors that will significantly change your college experience.”


Daijah Mijares: Denver, Colorado

“The college application process can be a mixture of scary and exciting feelings but remember that you’ll end up where you are meant to be! This time around a year ago, I remember feeling so anxious about my future, and now I feel incredibly grateful to have gone through it all. All unknown and new things are scary initially, but don’t let it overwhelm you!”


Rachel Lawrence: Marietta, Georgia

“As a first-generation student, I was intimidated by the college application process. I often wondered if I was qualified enough to even apply to such prestigious schools. My biggest piece of advice to high school students transitioning to higher education is to know your worth as not only a student but a human as well. Your grades or extracurriculars do not define or validate you. You deserve the best education and opportunities available and the college process is simply about finding a great match that can provide you with that!”


Esther Holmes: Buffalo, New York

“I wish they told me more about the activities that go on around campus. There are yoga classes every weekend as well as volleyball and basketball tournaments in the gym. It has been very fun learning about all of the exciting activities on campus and they we don’t have to go off campus to have a fun time with friends.”



Hannah Chang: Marietta, Georgia

“When it comes to choosing what college you want to attend, it’s important to find one that you really connect with. I remember the common question of, “Can you imagine yourself going to this school?” that often popped up on tours. I find this question immensely important with regards to your decision and I hope you factor this into your searches as well!”


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