Weigh Benefits, Drawbacks of Following Friends to College

While old friends can be a comfort at college, experts say students should make new connections.

The right school for one student may not be the right school for their best friend.
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Students who choose a school based on their social network are in good company, experts say.

Barb Kefalas, associate director of residence life for Ohio State University—Columbus, says it's fairly common for students to choose a school based on the friends attending.

That's neither a good thing nor a bad thing, she says

"I think there is merit in that, especially if this is your first time away from home or if you don't have much world experience. It can be beneficial as long as you go beyond that one person. It's really important to form other relationships with faculty and staff and other students – it will benefit you in the long run."

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