I'm about to finally finish up my last term at community college and get an Associates of General Studies (lame, I know, lol) but that means I probably should buck up and figure out what I'm going to do with my life since you can't just get a "General Studies" Bachelors.
I'm thinking that I might be interested in getting a History degree. History is the only thing, besides horses, that gets my attention and keeps it. I've taken every history class my current school offers and have gotten A's in every one of those classes.
I would get an Equine related degree but I think, long term, a degree in History might get me farther. I could still do everything I want to do with horses with a History degree but it's less likely that I could do history-related stuff with a horsey degree.
I have two colleges I'm considering: a public college with an ok-mediocre history program and a private college with an outstanding program.
The public college estimates a tuition of about $6,000 a year while the private college estimates a tuition of about $20,000 a year.
Personally, I have a lot of good friends who go to the private college and the private college's history program focuses on areas of study I'm extremely interested in (it's a "bible college" so the history part includes a lot of Christian history as well as general history, and Christian history is something that totally fascinates me). I feel like I could possibly do better at this college, just based on friends and having a real interest in the teaching material. It's also a much smaller community (5,000+ students) and I have a tendency to do better when I feel like I'm part of "something" and not just part of the crowd...
The public college, I have a few friends that go there but the college is so large (30,000+ students) that I would be unlikely to see them as a matter of course. The history program sounds less fascinating, just your average history, but to the tune of $15,000 cheaper, maybe I should just settle for something less fantastic?
I would really prefer to go to the private school and I will be getting good financial aid (large grants, $8,000+ish for the year if I go to a school with tuition that high) this year so maybe I should just do that?
I need to talk to my parents about it still, but what do you guys think?
I'm thinking it might be better to get a degree in something and still be loving it by the time you get the degree, even if I come out owing more money, vs going to a school that discourages you about your degree and you end up disliking something you previously loved?
I have some time to decide, thankfully, but I wish the answer was 100% obvious! Don't we all, I guess.
Thanks for taking the time to read all that! :)