Being in the middle of college interviews, many students will be starting to get stressed, not knowing which college to go to. Even though, the decision doesn’t have to be made until Result’s Day, it’s nice to know that it’s all sorted, so you can focus on getting the best out of these exams.
The first thing to think of is, of course, the courses that they offer and the teachers there. Open Evenings were/are the best way to grasp this. I know that most of them have already been and gone, but a select few still have one or two in the coming months. If you haven’t talked to the subject teachers, and you have an opportunity to, highly recommend that you go and speak to them. One of the most important things on my criteria for picking the right college for me is the subject teachers, it’s essential that you are supported with teachers that will help you and support you if you don’t understand something in class or in your homework.
You also need to look at the facilities that they have at the colleges you’re thinking about enrolling at. For example, if you want to do Chemistry, you’d want to attend a college that have modern labs, as they’ll be an essential part of your course for practicals. You don’t want to go to a college that has facilities might restrict you and your performance as they don’t have what you need.
Another important thing for me is ease of travel. It’d obviously different for other people, but I don’t want to spend 45 minutes travelling to school and 45 minutes travelling home, because it’s wasting valuable time that could be spent revising or anything except travelling. Some people could use the long travelling time to get some work done, but I get easily motion sick, so it’s just not an option for me. Obviously, some time is going to have to be spent travelling, as most people don’t live practically next door to a sixth form or college. In my opinion, most of the time, it’s not going to be worth travelling for hours to and from school every day, especially if there’s an easier option.
At the end of the day, everyone has different needs and wants when it comes to a college, I’m just giving some of the things I looked for in the colleges I liked, which helped me to decide on the college I wanted to go to. Don’t get too stressed about it if you haven’t chosen somewhere yet, you have until the end of August to decide.