In the United States, the term “college” is a generic term applied to any postsecondary education. My concept of a college is a 4-year university, one that offers bachelor’s degrees in many academic disciplines. There would also be a graduate school and several professional schools, such as law, medical, and business schools. Heuristics
In order to select the right college, I should evaluate each school on the factors that are most important to me. First, I would factor in the distance. In my case, the farther away I am from home, the better. Second, I would examine the price. As an aspiring surgeon, I plan on attending medical school. Because of this, I want to be sure I don’t spend too much money on my bachelor’s degree. Next, I would factor in the college’s reputation. Elite, highly ranked universities that provide great academics are ideal. Finally, the campus as a whole would be evaluated, from aesthetic qualities to available amenities. Obstacles to Problem Solving
When trying to select the right college, problems are bound to around. One particular problem would parental interference. My parents definitely favor some of the colleges I’ve applied to over others, and I may feel inclined to pick one of those to appease them. Another issue that could arise would be if two or more colleges were equally matched and a decision couldn’t be made. Representativeness Heuristic
For the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to determine if I would fit the mold of a typical student at the colleges I applied to. For example, students at the University of Virginia are characterized as preppy, pretentious, and cutthroat. In my opinion, preppy individuals are those who value higher education, aspire towards a lucrative career, and come from a considerably affluent background. Since I fit this description, I suppose that makes me preppy. Availability Heuristic
As I said before, the reputation of a college is important when...