Make BGSU whatever you want

There are nearly 2,000 prospective students visiting the University today, and for you, we have a message.

You will see everything there is to see at the University: the Rec, the Union, each respective residence hall, each building and each dining center.

But what may make the most lasting impression upon you during your short stay, or what has already influenced you when you have been here before, are the things you may not see on a campus tour given by the Office of Admissions.

What you won’t see are the most important parts of college. The hours upon hours of studying (or perhaps the minutes upon minutes, for those less-inclined to hit the books).

You won’t see the nights you stay up until 3 a.m. consoling a friend or battling your fiercest competition in NCAA Football 2003. There will be nights that you happen upon some alcohol and head to the bars. There are parts of college life that you can’t see until you show yourself.

We’ve all already been through the tough decision that comes when you attempt to make a decision that may affect you for the rest of your life. It’s undoubtedly one of the most difficult decisions you will ever make.

Our message: make it yourself.

Don’t let a tour guide, administrator, girlfriend, or boyfriend persuade your decision, or dissuade you from picking a certain school.

Maybe Bowling Green isn’t right for you. Maybe it is. Your best bet, though, is to follow your gut.

Forget the harsh wind, the myth about the sexually transmitted diseases and that the basketball team is in a bit of a slump. None of these factors should be considered in your decision. The only thing that should matter is whether or not you like the atmosphere of a small college and the quality of the facilities.

If your parents came here when they were young, good for them. We are always proud to see the alumni come back to see their old stomping grounds. However, what was good for your parents may not be good for you.

This may be the hardest influence to resist because most of us love and respect our parents. It is difficult to say “no” to someone who may be paying for your college. This is not to say that you can’t have a great college experience going to a college that wasn’t your first choice.

Your college experience will encompass some of the best and most crucial years of your life. You will make bonds with friends that will last a lifetime and you will gain skills that will help you succeed in the job market.

So, make your decision based upon what you want. Don’t let anyone laugh at you or change your mind for any reason. This decision will affect you for the rest of your life. Choose wisely.