I’ve been thinking about college a lot recently. It’s summertime and the only thing I actually did was at a college, so that definitely put it onto my mind. My first official college visit is tomorrow. It’s at a small, private liberal arts college in the middle of nowhere. This will be my only college visit of the summer. You want to know why I am choosing to visit there? They were the first to get my email from the College Board and begin to email me information. There’s something special about being wanted.
I get emails from colleges frequently, at least every few days. Usually they go to the promotions part of my gmail account, so I am able to browse at my leisure, but sometimes they don’t get filtered as they should and I get a random notification that some college wants me there. I could unsubscribe, but sometimes it’s the first email that they send so I just click to move it to promotions. I don’t really delete any of them, except for the ones where they aren’t actually colleges, but some sort of service to sign up for college mail. I don’t really want to give out my information to a third party service, even though just for taking the PSAT one is technically selling it to schools and services that consistently email me.
I get some physical mail, too, for the colleges that I was cool with. I have a couple regrets. One is Kettering University. The only degree that you can get from there is an engineering one. It is a good school…for engineering. For some background, when I took the PSAT in like March or something, I’m pretty sure that I bubbled in “engineering” as the major that I would like to pursue. At some point, which was by May, I had finally realized that I should just accept that what I actually want to do is become a lawyer and while it has a lot of school and debt; it’s what I want to do. And obviously the major that I currently want is political science, which is much more apt for a pre-law program. So most of these colleges ask in their first email to me, “Still want to be an engineer?” I sadly think, “No, I really don’t,” in my head. About two or three months ago, I was still like, “I should keep my options open,” but by now I’ve kind of given up on that.
My other regret is Marquette University. For them, I thought that they were in the northern part of my state and named after the town that it’s in. I was incorrect. There is a college in that town, but it’s not Marquette University. Marquette University is in a different state, which I was originally still okay with. Then I googled it the other day and I found out that it’s a Catholic university. Now, I have nothing against Catholicism or religious universities, of course, besides myself actually going to one. I feel that religion is like a veil in the teaching of classes when you go to one of those schools. If you ever see a brochure for a religious college, they talk about faith in their learning. I don’t really want to be somewhere where the majority are the same religion. I want to have diversity and diversity of thought is important to myself.
Back to those third party services that bought my email. I use the word “bought” because I looked up how colleges get your information when you’re a student and haven’t signed up for stuff yourself. This is probably a narcissistic way of thinking, but I like the idea of a college paying money to try to get me to go there. Even if it’s very cheap, they still had to go through the process of selecting me and somehow putting my email in and sending me stuff. Those third party services are probably reselling my email to those universities that I select for even more money than they paid for it originally. Or they’re somehow making money off of me. But like I am saying, I want the colleges to want me, not the other way around. There’s this old woman that I knit with and one of her granddaughters started college last fall and the girl told her that she interviewed the colleges, not the other way around. A “What do they have to offer me” perspective, rather than a “What do I have to offer them” one. I’m trying to emulate that.
These colleges are trying to sell me a product. A very expensive product. They are the product. I’d like to say that some of these colleges have no chance. University of Michigan Flint is not somewhere I want to go. If anything I want to go to the Ann Arbor campus. Also, that whole water crisis thing that still isn’t taken care of? Yeah, I’m sorry, but no thanks. They have actually sent me the same email, though, three times. Four if you count that for the first one, they had actually replied to that email, with the exact same thing. I don’t really know how someone can do that, but it happened. It’s probably a fine school, but the thing is that even their website isn’t as cool as the official U of M one.
(Also, in case for some reason that I end up applying to U-M Flint and you guys find out who I am for this blog, I want to put a disclaimer that I am currently a naive sixteen year old who hasn’t even began her junior year and my opinion will have most likely changed if I decided to apply to your school. Also, enjoy my writing, I guess, while you’re here. Literally over a year will have passed between myself applying to your school and this blog having been written and posted, so please forgive me if forgiveness is needed.)