Well, it's the final countdown.
High school students from around the U.S. have applied to colleges and they're beginnig to find out whether they've been accepted or not. Now it's up to the student which college is best fit for them. I figured since people are making their decision now, this is the best time to write, "Why I Chose Fitchburg State University."
For those of you who don't know, I am currently a sophomore and will be a junior this fall. I've lived on campus since my first day as a freshman and I'm majoring in Communications Media—specifically film and video.
Having a huge interest in filmmaking, I wanted to choose a school that was well known for their film program. Fitchburg State was one of them. They have one of the most competitive film and video programs in New England.
During my senior year of high school, I applied to two other colleges besides Fitchburg State. I was accepted into one and put on the wait list for the other. When you're in high school, you think whichever school is the biggest and most well-known that you are accepted into is the one you go to. At least, that was my mindset at first. I was not thinking logically.
The other college I was accepted into was located in Boston and had a fairly good film program—they were more well-known for TV and journalism. Part of me thought "this is a great, distinguished school—go for it!" The other part was thinking "but their film program is not as prominent as Fitchburg State's."
Why I chose Fitchburg State
Because state schools are usually not as expensive as private schools, I thought they might be underfunded and therefore not have the right materials necessary for learning. But that's just not the case at Fitchburg State.
I based my decision on a couple of factors:
- The staff and professors actually care. I went to the accepted students seminar. There I got a real sense of how kind and caring both staff and professors actually are.
- Just because it's a state school does not mean it's outdated and underfunded. At the seminar, I got a real sense of the campus. Fitchburg State is beautifully maintained. Also, a new, state-of-the-art science center was recently built and renovations are happening throughout campus to keep everything modern.
- The film program at Fitchburg State is amazing. The film and video major has to be one of the best in New England. All of the professors in the program have many years of experience in the field and are extremely knowledgable and friendly. Plus all of the equipment is regularly updated to allow students to stay competitive once they graduate.
- Fitchburg State is not as expensive as other schools. Tuition cost was definitely a major factor for me. Fitchburg State University is no where near as expensive as other schools and yet it is an incredible school.
- Fitchburg State jusf felt right. From the moment I stepped on campus, the school just felt right. I can't really explain it. If you come for a visit I think you'll see what I mean.
If you're still looking for colleges, make sure you visit the campus and talk to the professors you're going to be taking classes with. Ask lots of questions. No question is a stupid one when it comes to where you're going to spend your next four years. Make them count!