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You really just have to read up on different schools and even visit them. I would recommend the Fiske Guide to Colleges. It has great information and even a quiz to help you find out what you like. Visit a mix of big and small, city and suburban schools and figure out which you prefer; that will help narrow it down. Think about what would be important to you: do you want a social scene? A lot of school spirit? Just figure out a few characteristics that you would want in a school, then eliminate schools that don't fit you and find out more about ones that might. Hope this helps!
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Written by Samantha Durant
The general feeling seems to be that Boston College is a wonderful school and an incredible experience. However, the first few years can be tough, as you may not be prepared for the enormity of the college experience. If you’re from a very diverse high school, you will certainly be shocked at the very different atmosphere that will surround you at BC. Furthermore, so many of your peers can appear like they’re having the time of their lives, and you might feel like you’re faking it, especially at first. Yet, staying the course is absolutely worth it, as Boston College is a wonderful institution with many dynamic people who will truly challenge and amaze you. If you give the school a little time to grow on you, it certainly will and you’ll be really glad you gave it
Also keep in mind that while parties and tailgates are enjoyable, they are not the only things college life is about. Yes, you want to have fun, and you will once you get to know people a little better, but there are other reasons you came here. Remember that you are going to college to receive an exceptional college education, and Boston College will certainly deliver that and then some. Friendships flourish, enriching academics abound, and you’ll walk away a changed person.
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