Re: College Applications
The best advice I can give is to just stick with it once you get there. Even if you change majors 4 times, just stick with it. I am finishing up my bachelors degree and will be hitting 27 years old when I do. I've taken enough credits to probably have two or three degrees by now. The biggest mistake I made was after I lost hope in my initial major (journalism), I left school. No matter how difficult anyone thinks going to school is, going back is 1,000 times more difficult.
In regards to where you live... everyone is different. Lame answer, I know, but it's true. Some people will find dorm life too distracting. You have crazy roommates, parties, feuds with neighbors, parties, etc. Some people think life at home is the same way with disagreements with parents, always traveling to be with friends, feeling like you're missing out on the campus experience, etc. There can be negatives to both sides. When I was in the dorms, I was very easily distracted (although I would've been the same at home). I was always wandering the streets checking out the city and whatnot during the day. When my roommates were gone I got most of my studying done. I lucked out that they were both athletes and were away often... because otherwise we'd be playing video games or stuff like that. This was prior to there being a Starbucks every 25 feet in Chicago, otherwise that would've been a good study spot.
At any rate, good luck. I remember back in high school there was no better feeling than getting accepted into all my top choices and getting that final decision made before Thanksgiving break my senior year. At that point, there was nothing more to worry about than enjoying the rest of high school and getting good grades.