Do you have a BIG dream school in mind? Don’t give up. I think that you should have at least five dream schools. Why the number five? Make two schools in your area. Two is not out of reach. One can be your dream school that you can always go to. No matter what happens during your senior year, this will make sure you get into your dream school.
Here are five reasons why you should have five dream schools:
1. You make your dreams happen.
Your dreams are not up to your school to make come true. You are responsible for more than 51% of your success. Too many students think that going to college is the key to success. That isn’t true. In his book “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be,” Frank Bruni shows that a degree doesn’t make you successful after college. It’s how hard a student has to work to do well. You have to figure out what you want, why you want it, and where you can get it if you have more than one dream school. It also means you can leave the dream if it doesn’t live up to your hopes.
I got into the school of my dreams. I couldn’t seem to find my place. I joined a marching band, a dance club (though I didn’t dance), a part-time job, theater work both on and off stage, and a sorority. I couldn’t find a place where I felt at home. I switched to a school with a lot more students and will never go back! – Nicole Heasley
2. It’s not always easy to get in… almost impossible.
There’s a good chance that many other students share your dream school. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) says that in 2020, Stanford University had a 5% acceptance rate, Harvard had a 5% acceptance rate, and the University of Pennsylvania had a 9% acceptance rate. When students move to campus, it can be hard to get involved and get the grades they want. Everyone can’t get straight As. If you have more than one dream school, you have more options and chances to live out your dreams in a place that fits your personality and the way you learn.
3. It can be very expensive.
When you put all your hopes and dreams on one school and think that school will define your life, it can be hard to say no if you get in. This can mean spending money you don’t have and maybe paying for your dream school for the next 30 years. If you know what you want to get out of college, you can find what you’re looking for in more than one place. This will help you figure out how much your investment is worth. It’s a good idea to apply for scholarships and other forms of financial aid and see what you can get. However, it’s important to have options so you can find the best fit for you.
I got into my dream school, but because it was expensive, I didn’t go there. So far, this was the best choice I’ve made. I’ve met a lot of great people and have a lot of options for the future. I’ve met a lot of people who work for Fortune 500 companies, and a lot of big law firms work directly with the school. – Kaden Jakeb Alexander
4. It’s easy to get caught up in being wanted.
It’s less important in life to be wanted than to figure out what you want. This is a problem that many dream schools have. Do everything you can to get in. Sometimes that means making yourself fit the mold of someone else. Students can get so caught up in wanting to be liked that they don’t take the time to figure out what they want. Now comes the craziest part. Employers may want to hire people who went to top schools for a long time. People who have always been wanted can take decades to realize they don’t know how to answer the question “What do I want?”
I didn’t get into my dream school. So I went to my second choice school for a year and then switched to my dream school. Sometimes I think I should have stayed where I was, but at the time, I only saw one way forward. I was so focused on where I thought I should be that I didn’t realize how well my backup school fit me. – Lisa Kaplan
5. There are way too many expectations for dream schools to meet.
“Never meet your heroes” is a common saying. That’s right. Few dream schools can live up to the hype and expectations that students make. This school has probably been put on a pedestal. There’s no room for discomfort, because discomfort is never part of a dream. And yes, there are times when college can be hard. It’s not weird. Nothing is worse than being sad and alone on your dream campus while wearing licensed clothes and college colors from head to toe. Instead of relying on your school to give you experiences, make sure you know what you want, where to find it on campus, and what kind of people you want to meet.
You make your dreams come true. Schools just teach you how to make it. The best way to make sure you do well is to have more than one dream school.