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Corazon Lock 08-20-2012 05:45 PM

Colleges - I Gotta Find One
Right now, I go to community college near my home. I'm onto my second year, but I plan on moving out after this year and going to university. I was hoping some HF people could give their input on the situation.

1. My major. I am majoring in journalism/communications/broadcast journalism and want a college with a good program. It doesn't have to be the best program in the nation, but a respectable one.

2. Location. Okay, this is a hard one. Ideally, I'd like to go somewhere with lots of sunshine and warm weather year-round. HOWEVER, I do have a dilemma. I struggle with anxiety, especially a phobia, and it makes it very hard for me to be away from home. This is why I did not go to a private college two years ago. I was all set and ready to go, and I got on campus and just panicked. Completely broke down, could not stop crying, blind panic. A part of me kicks myself for not being stronger and staying, but a part of me also knows that things did turn out better for me by being at home. It allowed me some time to grow, to save money, to keep my horse at home and be with him, and to continue a job I love doing. My grandpa died this past October, and I was able to be home and work through it and attend the funeral. I know I NEED to get away from home to grow, but I just don't know how to do it and be successful at it. I wonder if going to school closer, like an hour or two away, would be better because if something did go completely wrong, I could go home. But my argument to being farther away is that I can't go home and will learn to handle things by myself. And I can't "escape" as easily as I did the last time I tried to go off to school. PS - This is so embarrassing to explain. I still have really raw feelings from it, so I hope you don't criticize me too much for being a baby. :/

3. Size. I would like to go somewhere where I can meet lots of people and there are plenty of things to do, but I don't want to be in a major, major city. I don't think city life is for me at all, but I could do a suburb. But I don't want to be out in the boonies like I am now.

4. Horses. Some how, some way, I HAVE to have my horse fix where ever I am. I'd love to go to school where's there's an equestrian team, but I'd be satisfied with a barn nearby that has hunter/jumper and eventing stuff. Also, my horse is an issue. I am working with him right now to be a hunter or maybe an eventer, but we're not getting much of chance due to location. I would LOVE to be able to bring him along to school with me - he's the love of my life. But would it be silly of me to think that I could bring him along? And if I couldn't, I wouldn't want to sell him. And there's no one around here to lease him to as I'd want him to go somewhere where he is ridden as a hunter or eventer or jumper or even dressage. But I want him to stay in training. I want to see how far he can go.

5. Expenses. I am very fortunate to have parents that believe in paying for my education. And I don't want to make it too hard on them. With my degree, I only have 2 years left, but I don't want to be paying oodles of money for those two years. Any scholarships you can suggest? And what about colleges that have great financial aid things to offset high costs or good colleges with lower tuition?

6. Housing. It's pretty important that I have my own apartment or space. I'm not a "roommate" sort of person, and I tend to not have as much anxiety when I'm alone because I don't worry about what the other person will think or do about my panicky-ness.

Your suggestions, please?

Corazon Lock 08-21-2012 07:08 PM


vera 08-21-2012 07:41 PM

Utah is far away from Iowa, but Utah State University is a great school. My sister is studying journalism there and she loves it! Logan is a smaller town but you'll still be able to meet lots of people. It's also an agricultural school so there may be places to board your horse... and if not on campus there will be a ton of places off campus.

Hidalgo13 08-21-2012 08:10 PM

I live in Canada so I regretfully cannot help you much, :-( (although I do have one suggestion!) :D but I wish you luck. I just started my 2 years of private cegep/college that are needed before university, and I was really worried I made the wrong decision and wouldn't like it. That my dad would end up wasting his money paying for the private one, and that I would have been happier at the public (and almost free cegep). Today was my second day and I actually love it. I cannot imagine myself anywhere else! I'm so happy I decided to stick with my initial decision and grateful my dad accepted to pay for it in the first place.
So whatever you decide, just remind yourself that it might be hard at first, but won't be as bad as you think, and that you will probably greatly enjoy yourself once you settle in. :D I know anxiety attacks don't listen to reason :wink:, but I just wanted to tell you this in case it could be of some encouragement.

So the college that comes to my mind is Champlain college in Burlington. It's a bit far... actually quite far from Iowa, but it seems to be exactly what you want. When I was driving through Burlington with my family, I couldn't help but feel that it was a great place (I want to find a way to study there for a semester). It's in the mountains so everywhere you go there is a nice view, and while the town isn't absolutely tiny, it isn't huge either. It's would be a perfect transition from boonie ville. :wink: When driving through (we also stopped in town and ate), I noticed that around the core center of the town, it was all campus. I had the impression that Burlington almost was... a big campus. :-P Anyhow, I come from a big city and liked it because it was small, quaint and quiet, without being a hole in the middle of nowhere. The bonus is that they also have an equestrian club for people who know (or don't know) how to ride. I'm not sure, but you probably could keep your horse at the stable.

Whatever you choose, I hope it's everything you want, need and wish for. :)

Missy May 08-21-2012 08:31 PM

I would do a search on rankings of Universities, specifically in journalism. There should be quite a long list, I am guessing. USnews has a "rankings" for Universities. Their formula leaves a bit to be desired for undergrad, none-the-less it gives you some ideas and links. Good luck.

kitten_Val 08-21-2012 09:10 PM

CL, I'd suggest UMD (they also have eq team there based out of the very good eventing place), but I just checked rates earlier today and they bite ($40K for out of state :( ). Good luck in finding one!

Hidalgo13 08-21-2012 10:55 PM

Wow... I don't know how you guys do it... paying 40k or even 20k a year. I think the most you'll pay in Quebec will be somewhere around 10k (or a little less) a year. It's only tuition mind you (there's no board in that).

robohog 08-21-2012 11:25 PM

For a panicky person majoring in journalism seems like an odd choice. High stress job if you are in a deadline situation. If you become a reporter to have to be in close quarters with others and you have to be sometimes aggressive to get a story. On the other hand if you wanna be a Radio DJ i quess that could work. I dont know you but i think you require constant drama all the time for some reason. If im wrong and you really have a hard time dealing with being out of your confort zone, may be a lab tech or something like that may work for you. I would imagine a lab tech has major confort zone! lol. A friend of ours recently went to collage to become a vet and was able to take her horse to school with her!

kitten_Val 08-21-2012 11:27 PM


Originally Posted by Hidalgo13 (Post 1654861)
Wow... I don't know how you guys do it... paying 40k or even 20k a year. I think the most you'll pay in Quebec will be somewhere around 10k (or a little less) a year. It's only tuition mind you (there's no board in that).

County colleges are cheaper, but yeah, universities are very expensive (BTW, the rate I posted includes the room + food, but still. I didn't know it's that expensive till I checked it today).

vera 08-21-2012 11:51 PM

Utah universities are a lot cheaper than others. I paid around 4000 a semester for in state but I think out of state for usu is 6000.
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