Planning for College
2. Problem Solving Methods
- Trial and Error- Although definitely not a recommended plan of action, one could go about choosing a college by attending a few before picking one to attend permanently.
- Algorithms- Using an algorithm, one could systematically factor all of their desired elements (such as distance from home, school size, student-teacher ratio, etc.) into an equation to mathematically decide which school is the most desirable.
- Heuristics- Similar to the algorithm approach, one could focus on the core components they're looking for in a college (such as major and housing options) instead of factoring in every single element they're looking for into an equation.
- Insight- One could experience insight when choosing a college when they discover that Texas State offers a great housing program for psychology majors and that's all they've been looking for in a university.
4. Fixation/Mental Set
Another problem that comes up when planning for college is moving out and into a college dorm or apartment. One might experience fixation during the housing process if they're set on renting an apartment and then are unable to see the bright side to moving to a dorm room when they realize freshmen are required to live on campus. Being used to having choices, they're unable to see a new perspective other than the fact that they're being limited.
When choosing a major, the majority of people will admit to having thought it over for a while before making a choice. Some, however, follow their intuition, picking the major that feels right to them. They listen to the effortless automatic feeling or thought they experience to choose their major.
6. Representative Heuristic
Someone who wants to attend a highly-regarded university may look for specific details such as lavish architecture, posh students, and a large library. If a school does not appear to match this mental concept/prototype, he or she might decide that they don't want to attend the school, regardless of its reputation.