College is important, but you need to understand where college lands in the context of your life. College doesn’t get to be the main character because it’s such a small part of your life. You see, you’ll probably live around ninety years, and college is only four (or six, or eight) of those years.
Care about your college search, but remember that your college choice should set you up to thrive in your next 80 years. Don’t plan for college to be the ultimate four years of your life. That’s a bad plan.