Undoubtedly, at some point in your high school career, usually around junior year, you will begin to get postcards, letters, packets or emails from colleges. Each school is different, but three words are usually the same, no matter the institute: “come visit us!”
College visits can be very helpful in determining the best school for you. Most of the time online reviews, virtual tours, and other resources are just not enough. The only way to really get a feel for what the campus is like, and how you would fit into the environment, is to explore the school.
However, a lot of high schoolers, even the ones who go to such events, fail to take advantage of the opportunity they’ve been given. Simply walking around a campus will not give you the full experience. Instead, there are things you should do in order to utilize college visits to the best of your ability.
According to The New York Times
, there are many strategies that can help you make the most of your trip:
• Ask a lot of questions—the more insightful the better!
• If there is a way for you to eat at the dining hall you should jump at the chance. It will give you time to socialize and allow you to personally rate the food.
• Try to find professors to talk to by stopping in during office hours, especially if you’re sure of what major you want to pursue.
• It will be beneficial to send a thank you note. Every college has a ton of applicants and this will help set you apart.
• Also, don’t forget to talk to students on campus. The more people you meet, the better.
Thinking Outside the Box
Remember, you won’t just be going to school at your college; you’ll probably have to live there too, so it’s a good idea to explore the surrounding town or city. What stores are there? Where is there to eat? How efficient and accessible is the transportation? Is there anywhere for you to relax? These are questions that you should consider when looking at where your school is situated.
Treat It like a Vacation
You should enjoy your visit. It’s like a sneak peek of your future; the next chapter of your life could be at the very place where you’re walking on your tour. Take in all the scenery, explore the campus, and have fun encountering new people.