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What Kind of Education Do You Want?

Remember that time you got dumped and your friend (or worse, your mom) was there to tell you there were more fish in the sea? Yeah, well there are even more career opportunities for you after high school if you can believe it (plus a generous helping of guys and gals roaming the halls wherever you decide to attend).

So many options can be overwhelming. We'll break down the different attributes of schools on the next page, but first answer these five questions to narrow down the school options even further.

1. What Do I Want in a Classroom Experience?  Attending class in a huge auditorium with 400 students is a completely different experience than in a classroom with 30 students. You may prefer the lecture nature and energy of a large class or you may thrive in a more intimate, interactive classroom environment. Weigh standard class sizes and venues of the schools you're considering.

2. What Resources Do I Want to Enhance My Education and Experience?  Every college offers different resources, whether it's a high-ranking status or state-of-the-art computer labs. If you're interested in politics, for example, consider a school with active political clubs or a powerful student government. If you're interested in engineering, however, consider a program known for its world-class facilities, infrastructure projects, and travel opportunities. Compare how different schools can accommodate your education goals.

3. Do I Care About a Core Education?  A core education includes a range of primary subjects, from literature to math. Core classes expose you to an array of fields, and the education you gain from core classes will help you become a knowledgeable, well-rounded person. If a core education is important to you, investigate your potential schools' general education requirements and what variety of classes they provide. If you're not interested in a core education, consider specialized trade schools instead and get right to the good stuff.

4. What Do I Want to Study?  If you have a pretty good idea of what career you want to pursue, choose a school with a high-quality program in your field. Check rankings at sites like usnews.com, contact alumni, and ask for recommendations from people in the field. The school you attend also matters to employers in certain competitive fields, like law. In others, however, an English degree is an English degree.

5. What Career Support Will I Receive?  Since your long-term goal is to snag a job after you toss your cap, you'll want to understand what type of career help you can expect. While researching your school's website, visit the career services and alumni pages. Do they offer internship placements, job fairs, resume help, mock interview sessions, or other career help? It may not seem important now when you're still school searching, but career support will be essential when graduation panic sets in.