Where I Decided My Future

From Thomas Becher for First College Visit, a series of first college visit stories by business professionals sponsored by SmartCollegeVisit:

Thomas Becher I got a jump on visiting college during the spring of my junior year in high school. I took a day trip from my home in Connecticut to Chicago, making my way to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. I was drawn to Northwestern because its Medill School of Journalism was tops for undergrads, and that's the profession I had my heart set on.

I was immediately attracted to the campus – the old buildings scattered with new ones, the park-like setting in the middle of a huge urban area, the monstrous library hard up against the shores of Lake Michigan. But my decision to apply – and ultimately become accepted – came during a quiet moment between tours. I walked down to the lakefront, peered to the south and saw the breathtaking Chicago skyline in the spring sun. I was hooked. For four years, I would pass that spot on my walks and jogs and remember – this is where I decided my future.


Thomas Becher is President of tba, The Becher Agency.


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  1. Thomas, what I like most about your First College Visit story is that you were able to identify your passion for journalism at a young age and find a school that fit that passion. Only a visit to campus can help a prospective student, especially those who know their passions, find the right school. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

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