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In this episode of Crash Course: How to College, Erica helps us think about how to best choose the right school for us. There's a lot to think about, like: what kind of learner you are, what kind of environment you like, how to know if your school is looking out for your success, what kinds of support do different schools offer, and of course what do you want to study?

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Before I decided what college I wanted to go to, I wanted to be a glassblower.

When I decided not to do that, I applied to schools for a linguistics major. And if I hadn't chosen either of those paths, I might have gone to community college and transferred to a four-year school later.

There are no wrong choices, but there are a lot of choices, and that can be overwhelming. When it comes to choosing the right school for you, it starts with picking an institution that's truly committed to supporting your success as a student. That includes helping students get good grades, but it's also about offering programs and resources that empower you to excel inside and outside of the classroom.

Hi, I'm Erica Brozovsky and this is Crash

Course: How to College, a Study Hall series presented in partnership with Arizona State University and Crash Course. As college students, we want to be somewhere that prioritizes our success, and that means finding a place that will support us from start to finish. And that support might look different for everyone, so finding the right school starts with advocating for yourself. And one way to start this self-advocacy journey is to think about yourself as a learner.

Maybe you're someone who likes to hole up and read everything you can about true crime. or maybe you're someone who likes to meet up with friends and binge the latest docuseries - or bother! Another way to advocate for yourself is to identify your priorities. Maybe getting a job is the most important thing to you.

Ask the alumni office at your potential school about job placement rates and whether the school has a good relationship with local employers. If you're interested in a skills-based job -- like a mechanic or an electrician or a medical assistant -- you might find that a community college, or maybe a trade school is the best fit. You'll get specialized training for a specific job or industry.

Or if you're interested in a job in law or medicine or teaching, those careers tend to have education or certification requirements you'll want to make sure your college can satisfy. Some schools are for-profit, which means they want to enroll as many students as possible to maximize the money they earn. In some cases, they don't have enough resources in place to support students, so it's important to use caution when considering these types of schools.

You should also be aware of whether a school is accredited. Accreditation is important because it tells you whether the schools' academic and training programs met quality educational standards. Thinking about your goals and researching a school before you commit to it is another form of self-advocacy.

You can also advocate for yourself by exploring useful resources before you enroll at a college. By checking out college websites or even specific programs they offer, you can look for useful resources like tutoring, mental health counseling, or whatever you think you might need based on your learning style and priorities. One of the most effective ways to learn more about these resources is to talk to a current or former student. (2:34)