Where Are You Applying to College?
By: Leonel , Minds Matter Class of 2016
College is what I always envisioned for myself. My life has been leading up to that moment when my mother drops me off to the college of my choice. Success for me lies in going to college.
At first, college was a scary unknown that I shied away from. When I was a freshman, I was deathly afraid of everything concerning college. However, after almost four years of high school and three years at Minds Matter, I feel more comfortable. I am still stressed sometimes, but I have the power of knowledge at my disposal, and that makes me confident.
At Minds Matter, my summer programs on college campuses greatly affected my college list. After my sophomore year, I went to Iowa University for the Iowa Young Writers Workshop. I realized there that Iowa was my type of college. It was a small city that was slightly rural with an artistic feel. For someone who has always lived in New York, it was a breath of fresh air. I felt so free. I went to readings at book stores and visited museums. The entire city was in walking distance, littered with amazing street art and small shops. The campus itself was not large and felt like a personal community. I immediately felt comfortable. This is the type of college I want attend. In fact, I would apply to Iowa University if it was not for the far distance from my family.
After my junior year, I attended a summer program at the University of California, Los Angeles for screenwriting. UCLA was the opposite of Iowa. It was big with tall buildings and a campus that was so big it felt overwhelming. The first day at UCLA, I felt nervous and quiet, standing in the corner. While I wouldn’t trade my experience in California for anything, such a large school is not for me. However, this experience did make it easier to create my college list. Below is my current college list:
- Williams College
- University of Penn
- Yale University
- Hamilton College
- Middlebury College
- Wesleyan College
Learn more about Leonel in his next post!