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Time to Choose a College or University in Maryland or the DC Area

It's that time of year when you narrow down your top picks, sift through college acceptance letters & scholarship offers, and choose where to spend the next 4 years learning & making lifelong friends.

For students across the country, spring is decision time. That's right, it's that time of year when you have to narrow down your "top picks" and sift through your pile of acceptance letters and scholarship offers and choose the school you want to spend the next 4 years earning a degree and making lifelong friends.

While students in other areas have to pick where in the country that will take them, students in the Washington metro area have their pick of prominent post-secondary institutions close at hand.

Nevertheless, everyone will have to move their lives from home to campus, and the choice can be hard sometimes. For those students still looking for tips on making their college decision, we came up with some helpful advice along with a rundown of the schools the Class of 2013 may be considering.

For example, here's an excerpt about keeping organized:

It’s not easy to balance the kind of complicated schedules these schools require, between papers, projects, presentations, and tests, not to mention extra-curriculars, a job, or a social life.  You have more practical problems on your agenda, too.  It’s already a tight squeeze, just fitting all of your belongings into your dorm or apartment, and extra storage space is hard to come by.

The clothing, sports equipment, electronics, artwork, furniture, and other personal items in your cramped quarters pose a significant challenge.  As the semester continues, however, you also must face a mountain of hand-outs, records, notes, and other papers.  This stuff takes up significant real estate, and as the semester’s pile-up, so do you goods.  You need to be able toarchive your documents and keepsakes you don’t need in the short term, but don’t want to toss.  It’s easy to run out of room.

Between terms on campus—like during winter or summer vacation—university life totally changes and that when college storage is much needed.  Not only that, but you might have the opportunity to leave the National Capital Region for a longer period of time for an internship, fieldwork term, study abroad program, or gap year.  Immediately after you graduate, if you don’t have a precise plan, you probably don’t have the resources to find a home for all of the things you’ve accumulated while away at school.

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