My daughter Layla is an academic. She has applied to and is waiting to hear from several colleges at which point she will decide where she will go in the fall. (Don't ask me how that can be. I just birthed her a few minutes ago. But that's a different blog.) She has discussed her options diligently with her guidance counselor and with her father, (also an academic). She has visited several schools. She has researched extensively and is waiting patiently.
Here's how I decided where I wanted to go to college: While visiting the University of Maryland I was walking across campus and I heard "Cowgirl In The Sand" wafting from a dorm window. I loved "Cowgirl in the Sand."