I'm entering my Senior year in high school this year, and have heavily been contemplating which college I would like to go to next year.
I want to major in Computer Science with a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree.
My choice of universities has been narrowed down to Ball State, IU, Purdue, or IUPUI.
The reason for these colleges is because through my scholarship program, 21st Century Scholars, I may attend any college in my home state (Indiana) and they will cover all of the costs except for room and board.
Purdue is my top choice of college; I've wanted to go to Purdue ever since I was in middle school. The problem was, however, that if I attended Purdue, I would have to pay the room and board fees, which --after four years-- could add up to $44,000. I don't want to get out of college with a massive debt to my name.
Therefore, I decided that I may want to go to IUPUI; they offer the same exact courses as both Purdue and IU, yet is cheaper and I could live from home; eliminating the debt from room and board.
IUPUI seemed to be a smarter choice; I would be able to get my degree as well as keeping my college debt to a bare minimum, if any.
My mother also gets a 50% discount off of tuition to IUPUI because she works with IU Health.
So, this seemed to be the smarter choice.
However, last week a friend request was sent to me by "BOP at Purdue" on Facebook. I accepted it but didn't think much of it.
Just yesterday, I received a message from them, and it was Darren Henry; the director of the BOP program; which stands for Business Opportunity Program.
Mr. Henry messaged me saying that he looks for the top students in Indiana, and that he was made aware of me. He asked which universities I was considering as well as what I wanted to major in, and that I would be a great candidate for his program.
After I responded, he told me that he is visiting my school in September (as he graduated there and visits every year), and would have a pass sent to me so that we could speak in further detail.
He told me that he wants me in his program, and that scholarship money will be provided. Through his program, he said, I will be able to receive extended scholarships to Purdue as well as tutoring and much more.
The actual program lasts 8 weeks, the summer before Freshman year at Purdue, and requires 1 credit hours. The program starts in June and all of the credits that I would receive from it count towards graduation. Also, through the program I would attain a Business degree. I would still also be able to continue at Purdue to pursue a degree in Computer Science.
So, my discrepancy is, what should I do?
I know that this is a rare and great opportunity, but I'm not sure if it's what I want.
I wasn't sure from the start whether I wanted to live on campus anyway; I'm not one for parties and I don't drink or smoke; and that's all that anybody says occurs on college campuses.
I also am not sure if I'm ready to go out and take on that much responsibility yet.
Though I'm really leaning on taking this opportunity, I just had a hinge of hesitation.
Does any body have any advice or comments?
This post has been edited by xxxjj18: 02 August 2012 - 10:41 AM