So the schools that I started to look at out of state were University of Wisconsin, University of Missouri, Kentucky, DePauw, and Louisville. I quickly narrowed it down to Wisconsin and Missouri simply due to the setting of the other schools. So I was all set to go and apply at Illinois, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Then I heard from a friend on the soccer team about another school which they were going to attend. This school happened to be St. Mary’s. I knew nothing about them and had never even heard of the school. My mom decided to take me to a convention St. Mary’s was holding and there I signed up for an overnight trip. While there I decided to make this school one of my options because it also gave me the option to play soccer if I went there unlike the other schools that I attended. Besides St. Mary’s there were only two schools that I was truly interested in: Missouri and Wisconsin with Missouri being my number one choice.
Missouri was an awesome school when I went to visit there. It had a beautiful campus and I knew people that were going there. St. Mary’s was very similar but it was on a much smaller scale. So the time came for me to actually apply to schools and I decided to only apply to Missouri and St. Mary’s. I had no interest in going to Illinois and I felt like Missouri was very similar to Wisconsin except that I felt there were a couple more benefits to Missouri plus it was less expensive. After applying I was accepted into both St. Mary’s and Missouri. So now I had a decision to make. Either go to a small school with a strong field I am interested in and the possibility of playing soccer or go to a big school with a lot of campus options and a great variety of educational options. It ended up coming down to the cost of each school. Both were cheaper than going to the in state schools that I was interested in going to, but St. Mary’s was fairly less expensive than Missouri. With all benefits applied, I decided to go to St. Mary’s and have not looked back since. The experience I have had here has been great and I know it has been completely different from what I would have had at Missouri.