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What Advice Would You Give To Your High School Self About Choosing The Right College?

Because hindsight is 20/20.

Choosing which colleges to apply to can be a daunting task.

There are plenty of obvious factors to consider like location, size, programs, and maybe even prestige. But it's hard to know what will really count toward a positive experience until you're actually there.

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So we want to know: What advice would you give your high school self about applying to college now that you've already gone through it?

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Maybe you realized a less competitive school would've been the better choice, because all the pressure was not good for your mental health.

Or maybe you'd pick a place with better weather, since four years of long winters was just too miserable.

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Maybe you'd apply to schools with more students of different races, sexualities, gender identities, or abilities so you wouldn't feel so other.

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Maybe you wish you'd done a little more research on what resources would be available to you.

Like counseling centers, student insurance that covers mental health, nutrition counseling, not-overwhelming fitness centers, etc.

Or maybe if you could do it all again, you'd pick a smaller campus where you wouldn't feel so overwhelmed.

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Tell us everything you wish you had considered before choosing a school.

We want to know what would've made your experience a more positive, healthy one OR what would have helped you ~thrive~ academically, mentally, and emotionally. Share in the comments below and your response could appear in an upcoming BuzzFeed Health post!