Living in Russia with parents least concerned about my career I felt confused, at the same time to prepare myself I started using Opentalk to develop my English speaking skills. I was connected to Lizzie over there, and we started talking on Opentalk regularly, and one day I mentioned her facing problems with college applications, and she said,
‘Choosing college can be so stressful. I remember when I was applying to colleges, I had no idea where I wanted to go. I just applied to the schools my friends were applying to and of course, the Ivy Leagues that my parents wanted me to apply to. My heart wasn’t into those schools wholeheartedly. I just didn’t know where I wanted to go.
My initial dream was to move to California for college. If I forced myself to go, I knew I could make it, but a part of me knew it would be too much and too complicated. I live on the East Coast; if I move across the country, my parents will be so heartbroken. I didn’t want to be that kid who only comes home for Thanksgiving and Christmas. So I decided not to go to California. Goodbye beautiful sunshine and Cali beaches!
When it was time to pick among the colleges that I got into, I had to decide whether I want to live in New York City or move to a different city or state. I finally came down to two choices: CUNY (City University of New York) or SUNY (State University of New York). To be specific, it was between Brooklyn College and the University of Albany. I still didn’t know which one to choose.
My parents wanted me to stay home and go to Brooklyn College, but I knew that it will be the same routine as high school if I go to that school. I live so close to Brooklyn College, and I knew it will be just school, home, school, home. I didn’t want that. At that moment of my life, I desired new changes in my life. I thought I will see the same faces and will stay in the same circle of friends if I end up staying in the city. So my answer was clear; I chose Albany.
I was so excited for Albany. I wanted to explore the new city and experience a new lifestyle. By the end of the summer, I was so ready to leave. It was only 3 hours away from home, so whenever I wanted to visit, I can always come home. I just knew like three people who were going to my school, so I was so excited to meet new people and experience the campus life.
After a year of living there, I found out it wasn’t the right college for me. I met amazing people, and some of my best friends are like my long lost twins. As much as I love them so much, I wasn’t that happy at UAlbany. The campus life and its memories were so pleasant and will forever be in my heart, but I just didn’t want to spend the next three years in Albany.
UAlbany is a high school, but it just wasn’t for me. I knew that I would be happier in New York City. So I came home and decided to transfer. Now I am going to a City University of New York, and I’m happier than ever. It’s perfect to be home. I am excited to live in the city again and enjoy every aspect of New York City.