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Explore Your Options

That phrase is something that comes up all the time in work, school, and life in general. Each situation lends the phrase a different kind of truth. When it comes to deciding about your schooling, remember that all options are open. There might be a university in another country that could have a program that fits you exactly. Do not limit yourself to only the schools that you are aware of because there is so much more out there.

Recently, Times Higher Education came out with a list of the top 100 universities that are under 50 years old. They also have a list of the top 400 universities in the world for the term 2011-2012. You can also create your own list using different criteria on the Times Higher Education Website. The different categories that you can rate by is the score overall, of teaching/learning environment, international outlook of staff and students, innovation, volume/income/reputation of research facilities, and the influence of the research in the real world.

It all depends on what you feel like is what you want to do. Everyone has different needs and that is what is so amazing about having so many schools at your fingertips. Maybe you need to look for programs for landscape design. Then you can locate a university that has a great program for that, find out if it has great opportunities for jobs and such after graduation. That school may be in the States or it might be in the south of France. The point is, you will never know until you look it up.

Something that is important to remember is that just because a school has a great undergraduate program does not mean that it will have a great graduate program in the same area. Sometimes schools have specialization in one area for those before they graduate and a completely different emphasis for people working on their masters and doctorates. As you look at schools, keep in mind what it is that you are looking for.

If you are in need of financial aid of some sort, that can change things as well. For example, if you are Hawaiian then it makes more sense for you to get financial aid for being a minority if you go to a school somewhere other than Hawaii. That is a specific example, but it illustrates the point. Use what you have to your advantage, and finding out how to do that requires research and creative thinking.

So, explore your options. The world is your option, nothing can be ruled out because of location or anything because the world is smaller than you think. Having the chance to study at a foreign school could be exactly what you need. Take your time and find out what is a good fit for you. No one else can tell you what is a good fit, but you. Keep that in mind as you “explore your options”.

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