Ryan Zatcoff, TMU contributor and senior at Hofstra University

When a high school senior is deciding on a university to further his/her education, it can be quite the challenge. For some students, it can be as simple as applying to one college. For other students, it might be deciding between 5 or 6 colleges, but in both situations, it is a major life decision. When I was a senior in high school, I still was unsure of what I wanted to do with my life. I met with my guidance counselor and spoke to my mentors frequently for advice. They all gave school suggestions, but it was my guidance counselor who introduced me to Hofstra University. Hofstra was the perfect choice for me for many reasons.

One of the main attributes that attracted me to Hofstra University was its fantastic location. Hofstra is located only 35 minutes outside of New York City, which, in my opinion, is the greatest place in the world. All of the opportunities that this city has to offer are highly accessible to Hofstra students, and over the last four years I've definitely taken advantage of these opportunities. By attending Hofstra, I have been able to experience the campus-life while also getting to experience the city-life.

Another reason why I chose Hofstra University, rather than a different university is its size! Hofstra offers over 140 undergraduate program options, and at the time when I was deciding on a college this was very important because I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. If you're going to start college as an undeclared major, I definitely suggest going to a college or university with options. You don't want to close yourself off and limit your possibilities, which is a major reason that I chose Hofstra.

Additionally, an important characteristic of Hofstra University that made choosing Hofstra an easy decision is all of the performing opportunities offered. I knew going into college that I wasn't going to be a drama performance major, so having the chance to be involved or perform was very important to me. Hofstra offers many performance opportunities through department shows, musical theater clubs, and singing groups which I've become involved in over the last 4 years. Being able to pursue a career in marketing but still being able to perform is something that I don't take for granted.

When it's your time to choose a college or university, I recommend doing a few things. First, make sure you visit the school during the academic school year. Visiting the schools you've applied to is essential to making a well-informed decision. When you visit a college campus, you are able to get a sense of the community, the academics, and the student life. Secondly, do your research! You're making a big change in your life, and to ensure you will be happy for the next 4 years, make sure you know everything you can about the university you are attending. Lastly, enjoy every minute. If you thought high school went by fast, just wait until you start college!

Quote of the Week:

"Everybody's got the right to be happy. Don't be mad, life's not as bad as it seems. If you keep your goal in sight, you can climb to any height. Everybody's got the right to their dreams."

Stephen Sondheim, Assassins