WHERE - Oregon State University is located in Corvallis, Oregon. For OSU I would have to live on campus my first year. To save money I would also have at least one roommate. Corvallis is a beautiful city that is cool and humid. It snows moderately in the winter and is a fairly small town.
WHY - I really liked Corvallis as a city, and the campus looked really lively and unique. It was also bike friendly – which is important for someone without a license – and energy efficient. As for the important reason, OSU allocated a large amount of funding to research programs, and the university even had a nuclear reactor on campus which are pretty good reasons for someone looking into math and science.
WHERE - SOU is located in Ashland, Oregon. For at least the first year I would live on campus and explore my options in the later years of university. Ashland isn't far from Central Point, and the climate is similar across the Rogue Valley.
WHY - SOU is a school close to home and has ties with Crater. I would know more people in a campus close to home and could see my family often. SOU has Majors in Chemistry and Mathematics/ Computer Science which are potential career options I'm interested in.
It’s more appropriate to say I’m undecided. I see myself doing science and math – but mostly science – as a career in the future, but I’m not passionate about any subject in particular. I would also very much like to find a career that travels around the world; however, I haven’t thought of a career that would fit these requirements and make me happy. On my applications I am marked as going into exploratory studies to decide what I want to do.
Scholarships and Applications
I have already submitted the necessary applications to both OSU and SOU. I have been accepted into OSU, but I haven't heard back from SOU yet. In regards to scholarships, I have completed the Crater Foundation Scholarship and the OSAC. The last deadline I have to pay is the Advance Tuition Deposit for OSU by May 1st.
To achieve my goals — short-term — I will have to apply to as many scholarships as possible to supplement student loans and possible grants. Long-term, I have to work hard to do well in college and establish the base of my future life. Throughout the time leading to college, I also have to decide what major I want to base a career off of.
"YOU HAVE TWO CHOICES: YOU CAN MAKE A LIVING, OR YOU CAN DESIGN A LIFE."