Summer Program Decision Help
So I’m looking to apply to the University of Florida next year (I’m class of 2021). I want to study journalism and communications. I already dual enroll with them, and I’m stuck between two summer programs for my summer before senior year.
UF does have a program for journalism that lasts one week, and it’s around $1,000. However, my teacher showed me another journalism summer program at the University of Miami. It’s free, lasts for three weeks, and incredibly competitive with an extensive application.
I feel like UM’s program is the way to go... but will this send the message to UF that I am not interested in them? As stated before, I already dual enroll with them and I participate in Dance Marathon, an initiative that raises money for Shands hospital at UF.
Thanks for the help!
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If I were you, I'd go with the program at the University of Miami (if, of course, you're accepted!) It seems like you've already made your interest in the University of Florida perfectly clear, so it makes much more sense to save that $1,000 tuition for college costs, rather than using it to make a point to the UF admissions team that you've already established. Good luck with whatever you decide!
I think you should try to go to the UM program if possible. You won't send the wrong message to UF if you end up getting accepted. Competitive summer programs (if you can get accepted) look really good on college applications. The hard part will actually be getting accepted if it's as difficult as you say!
Do you have an idea of how competitive the UF program is? Generally, if the program is not too competitive/they take everyone and you have to pay it makes a pretty low impact, if any, on your application. This is because anyone with the financial means can attend the program and it's not based on your skills and abilities. That's not to say you can't go to the UF program but it's something to consider before dropping $1,000 on it.
Check out this article https://blog.collegevine.com/how-to-decide-if-a-summer-program-is-worth-it/. I found it pretty helpful and it's helped me and my friends figure out if some programs we had considered were actually worth the time, effort, or money.