Those who say just go to the best school, it is really not just that simple. Yes i want to get a good education, yes I want to be able to make a comfortable living but I don't want to lose myself at the same time. Also I have many of friends in college or have graduated and what I have come to understand is college is only what you make of it. If you put in the work, make good connections, and don't get into to much trouble things will just kind of fall into place.
I work in higher ed. and while you have the right attitude... realize the best connections and networking will take place within a school wherein they specialize or excel in a particular type of degree/program. Consequently, going to the "best" school for a certain program/degree will improve the likelihood for you to begin your career with a leg up above other students.
However, you are right the totality of the experience is a very important aspect of a college education. Consider my perspective...food for thought...but sounds like you have your head on straight. Hope you enjoy the experience and are accepted at your "#1"!
All three are good schools. Obviously, I would be partial to UCSD, UCSB and then UNCW, in that order. But all are very good schools to attend. UCSB is very difficult to get in. I know numerous people who did the local residency thing and tried to transfer to UCSB with good grades and couldn't get in. They recruit academic students the way most big schools recruit student athletes. So, if you can get your foot in the door that way, right off the bat, take it and don't look back....
I need to run for mayor of UCSD, but you know the deal. There are a couple world class surf breaks, ON CAMPUS. Not 20 minutes away, not a few miles away, I am talking the seawall at scripps says UCSD on it.
So, do the math, but you are in good shapre regardless of what you do. Peak CA surf season it from September to May.... You do the math.... Firing surf in between studies. A lot of guys on here will tell you how you should focus on your studies and you won't have time to surf. I breezed through college and spent most of my time recreating, and a kid with your grades and track record, you will breeze through as well with no worries. You will find yourself with countless hours of free time, even if you gotta work part time... There is MORE than enough time in college to make potential recreational activities a HUGE part a decision....
And a degree, in most majors, from any of the three schools would land you a good job in your field. Any one of the three is a standout, so the fact that you have a piece of paper from any of the three, puts you neck and neck with everyone else, regardless of what school they went to. Jobs aren't handed out because you have a degree. They want to know what you actually have learned, and how you have already applied these things through school.
Everyone I went to school with ended up changing their major, and I took a career completely out of my field for many years. All people cared about was that you had a degree. It wasn't even that important which field it was in, certain sciences aside.
With grades and scores like that you should get the best education possible and than ball out of control in any surf mecca you want. If you don't mind cold water I think Stanford is pretty close to the ocean. That's what I would do. Play to your strengths and it'll work out way better for you.
Also, look into study abroad programs that might take you to surf destinations.
Bond University in Sydney Australia is a killer one. Wish I could read good like you.
i graduated uncw with a bs in environmental sciences and it's a great school with some great programs however.....
let me present the following points:
1. you will not find a job in wilmington, if waiting tables is your gig then come on.
2. the consistency of swell here is frustrating.
3. crowds can be pretty bad. grom rippers, semi pros, sup's, old man long boarders, hanger onr's, kooks, disgruntled locals, etc
Dude, you make the decision of what school to attend.
Listening to dudes on a surf predictin' website message board isn't real wise.
I can see you at the interview: "Well, this school came highly recommended by dudes on Swellinfo.com. I listen to those guys."
One guy's great experience at such-and-such school maybe your worst nightmare. And vice a versa.
Most of the people on this site, myself included, are retarded.
Spicoli, don't bogart my "Stay Gold, Ponyboy." I was the first to ever use that phrase. No, really I was. And I was the first to say, "Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Conway Twitty." I used these phrases well before any South Park or Family Guy episode.
GOD DANG THAT PISSES ME OFF. ARGGGHHH. Spicoli give me $5.00.
Great, I just broke another lamp. Second one in two days. I need anger management counseling.
I'd keep your college choice and your surfing aspirations two different things. I'd find the best school you can afford (tuition and living expenses) in the major discipline of your choice. Think about it - 4 years that will have a profound effect on the rest of your life. Plus, Winter and Springs breaks along with summer you'll still get a descent amount of surf. My advice to young people, not matter what you do, be the smartest guy in the room. The one with the most advanced education ends up in the leadership position and makes the most money.
Going to be applying to colleges this upcoming fall and am looking for a college that is right next to the ocean. distance 1-5 miles away I don't want any of that BS that going to Rutgers will put me an hour away from the beach if I drive. I am from New Jersey and am trying to get out of the this state at least. I've been looking at surfermags top 10 and other ones but they always seem to leave out some of the best colleges. So what I am asking is name a college and write either your experience or what you have heard about.
UCSB- I have visited the campus and there is a beach on campus you just have to walk over a lagoon. From what I have read the waves are better in other places but as far as warm weather warmer waters and a solid education this seems like a no brainer.
UNCW- Everything that I have heard has said this school is crap. From the waves only being good 15% of the time to trying to find a job out of college being impossible.
UCSD- This school is hard to get into, Especially out of state. Anyway San Diego is rumored to have the most consistent waves for SoCal therefore there is no way I could go wrong with going here. (visited the campus)
Pepperdine- One of the most beautiful campuses I have ever seen. Also it is stationed in Malibu and a great break is down the hill from the school. Problems: I am a short boarder and might have to hunt a little more for waves in the Malibu area, the school is very strict when it comes to mixing genders, alcohol and drugs, and parties. (visited the campus)
Background info: 1900 SAT's have a 4.30 GPA and will have taken 6 AP courses after senior year.
your background info sounds like your pretty smart.if I was u id stay as far from the water as possible,thats a distraction,and distractions leads to not studying,then u start partying,then u get out of college and work at shopright and have to pay 80grand in colledge debt.
id say go to the best school u can,like an ivy league but I think u need to go to a regular college before that.screw surfing in college,u play ur cards right and land an awesome job,u can take trips to bali or Hawaii at a moments notice because u got it like that.i would've rather gone to college but I didn't have that choice.
my buddy went to college for computer software,i don't know what he does,but all I know is he gets paid big bucks to install software all over the globe.he used to have a office in the wtc before they blew it up.last week he had to go out to cali,and these people(the job) pays for everything,plane tickets,expenses,etc.hell go do a job and itll take maybe 3 hrs and he has 2 days there,so if he was a surfer he could go surf but he doesn't surf.the job even covers drugs as expenses altho im sure u don't put that down on the report.he says he wants to have a dealer in every state.if he didn't party these dude would be beyond rich,i mean hes already rich but hes a retarded smart azz coke head who can never sit down,always has to be doing something.that 3 hr trip,which was actually 2 days,made a little over 8 grand for that trip.like I said I don't know what he installs,could be shyt for the government idk,but he makes serious money and flys all over the place for free.what could beat that?
Wow kids these days are just pampered little wussies. There are dozens of schools that are 1,000,000 times better for the areas of interest you mentioned but they are not at the beach. With your grades and SAT scores you would be the stupidest kid in the world to throw that away just to be able to surf for 4 years. And your comment about losing yourself in college, what the hell does that mean, you are a kid you don't know what you want yet and you don't have a "self" to loose. You can listen to the folks who have said go where the best surf is (and if you are like the typical high school graduate who thinks the world will hand them a good life then you will) or you can listen to those of us who have told you to put your education first. Otherwise you may end up a 40 year old waiter who lives at the beach but is living paycheck to paycheck and maxing out credit cards.