Hey Mic – I have not done a very job communicating my guidance to you on DIII schools during your college search. I do love, admire and am so proud you are looking at the money/debt/ROI factor of each and every college/university. But don’t rule out the expensive DIII’s just yet;-)
Let me be very clear – touring, interviewing and applying to DIII schools with strong academic reputations is something I wholeheartedly support. Yes, they are wildly expensive and seem to flunk the ROI test; however, interviewing and applying to DIII liberal arts schools is a “be wise, my son” move.
Like reinforcing the benefits of HHS for yourself by interviewing and applying to WRA, visiting, interviewing and applying to the Kenyons/Denisons/John Carroll’s will reinforce your likely final choice of a DI “big school/university”. End of day, you decided that academically, athletically and socially HHS was a better fit for you than WRA….and it was $100,000 – $120,000 less expensive over 4 years! By deciding what isn’t a “good” fit after tour/interview only serves to strengthen the decision behind what is a better fit.
Then again, by trusting in the process and early-stage not ruling anything out, who knows, maybe a DIII school comes up with a financial package (leveraged by soccer and/or lacrosse and/or gap year experiences) that drops the cost comparable to an OSU/Miami (for instance). It’s always good to have more vs. fewer options.
Best – Dad
PS Timely sidebar: Here’s one guy’s predictions for the next 5 years and beyond as you think through how best to position yourself with degrees, majors, minors, courses. Context: He’s a former WRA classmate.
Don’t click on this until you have 50 minutes of uninterrupted time. This is his gift of insight. Honor it. Keeping in mind the many fields of medicine, the big pharma industry, big data, smart phones, biology, sciences, ethics, philosophy, history, etc are all keys to a broad-based liberal arts education to prepare for yourself a hearty foundation that allows you to be adaptable in this ever-changing world versus specializing at such an early age.
I sense it’s relevance for you is giving you more information to afford yourself the opportunity of syncing an undergraduate education with these trends in mind – a thoughtfulness that will help position you for personal, professional and profitable success in the future. I wish I had access to something like this when I was your age…