Summer Struggle #3: To Flee or Not to Flee

By: Petra Owusu

As senior year comes closer, so does my college search. I’ve always known that I wanted to stay closer to home but still live far away enough to earn my independence, but all of that might change. It has taken me a while to figure out what I want to do with my life, but now that I have, I have to find the perfect college for me. There is a college readiness program at my school called GEAR UP that gives students resources to help them in school and gets them ready for college. Every year GEAR UP hosts a summer camp and I made the great decision of going this summer. Along with the camp came with visits to colleges like Century College and universities like the University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The universities that I visited with my high school college readiness program.

When I was visiting these schools, I couldn’t really see myself going to any of these schools and I have felt that way about all of the schools I have toured. After visiting over 10 schools it makes me wonder if I do need to branch out. Over the course of my life, I have felt that I am a particularly independent person but the thought of leaving the Mid-West for four years really scares me. The farthest I have been away from my family is Alexandria, Minnesota (which is only two hours) and that makes me wonder how ready I am to leave. Whether I like it or not, I might have to! I know so many people that desperately want to go as far from Minnesota as possible have gone completely on the other side for school and it baffles me how they can do that, but I might have to do the same.

For college, I want to study Journalism and Public Relations and my biggest dream would be to become a reporter for Entertainment Tonight and my parents think with an education from a school no one has ever heard won’t make me as competitive when trying to get a job. However, they think schools in the East or West coast will be better for a job after I graduate because that is where better schools are and in California and New York is where entertainment news jobs are so I can get a good job. I understand that but it is just a matter of me being ready or not.

At the same time, if I really think about it, it might be nice to get away. Live in a new city and still gain my independence because it is something that I will have to do later in life so it might be best to start now. This should be a time where I am not stressed about every decision I have to make, I should be excited! So I should really just enjoy the time I have now and let the chips fall where they may.

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