college tour

anonymous asked:

I'm so stressed out 😥 my school starts Monday and I haven't finished my summer assignment. I have like ten more vocab terms, a timeline, a book I have to finish with questions, and an essay, all due Monday. Not only that, but I'm on the west coast and my school is on the east coast so I'm fucked when it comes to time zones. It's not like I meant to procrastinate! I just traveled like crazy this summer! Plus I was doing like seven college tours!

That definitely sounds like enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed! My suggestion would be to focus on one thing at a time. Remember your mental health is always most important. I always repeat that but it’s so true. So please do what you can and don’t pressure yourself. You’ve got this. 💗

College Visit Season

We are right in the middle of college visit season. College visits serve a key role in the college application process. They can help you grow or narrow your list of prospective schools, get advice on a certain school’s specific application process, get a feel for the campus life, ask questions to students and faculty of that school, and many other things. I myself have already been on 6 college visits this summer and plan to go on 4 more. Some of you have probably already started and some of you may not have, so I am here to give you my tips and advice for college visits.

  1. Schedule both an information session and a tour. Most universities offer both an information session and a campus tour. Information sessions are presentations/talks given to prospective students and their parents by an actual admissions officer from that university and often also a student representative. Most information sessions discuss different aspects of the university such as academics, campus life, athletics, research opportunities, and more. The information sessions then usually continues with an explanation of the school’s application process and requirements. And finally, it closes with a Q and A session with the admissions officer. Information sessions are a great way to get to know the school better and get familiar with their application process. After the information session you will usually be led outside to student tour guides waiting for you. I’m going to go a little bit off topic here with a tip inside a tip but, if you have the choice of choosing your tour guide, go around and ask the tour guides what they are majoring in and what their interests are. Having a tour guide who is interested in similar things as you will give you a more tailored experience and an opportunity to find out more about your areas of interest. It’s also an added bonus if they talk loud. Nothing is worse than a quiet tour guide. Moving on, the tour guide will take you through campus and show you the major landmarks. They will tell you all about the school but will most likely focus on the campus life aspect because they are a student there and who better to tell about campus life than an actual current student. Both the information session and campus tour will give you an inside look at that college.
  2. Always be on the look out for bonus opportunities and take advantage of them. For example, I have been on multiple college visits where they have offered an optional dorm tour. These extra opportunities can give you a better look into the school that you might have not seen before.
  3. Plan. First, make sure to schedule for an information session and tour online at the college’s website. Then, make sure you know exactly where to go and where to park, especially if you are in a big city. Most big city schools are more accessible by public transportation so look that up and see if it’s a good option for you. Also, tying into the next tip, make sure you know what time the information session starts and how long it will take you to get there. Organization is key for a well-planned, stress-free visit.
  4. ARRIVE EARLY!!! I cannot stress this enough! I recommend arriving at least a half hour before your information session starts. It will allow you time to get to the specified room/building and sign in. Also, the earlier you’re there, the better seats you will get. This summer I have even been arriving an hour and a half to an hour ahead of time to walk to the bookstore and get a little souvenir or two. Last summer at a college visit, I did not worry about arriving early and ended up having to walk a long way to the building, couldn’t find the room, then had to do the walk of shame into the room while the information session was halfway over. It never hurts to be early.
  5. Take notes. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. Notes? Really? Isn’t it summer? Yes. Yes. and Yes. Taking notes is extremely important! The most important thing to take notes on is not how many undergraduate students there are on campus, or if freshman can have cars on campus, or when you have to declare your major. These things are all useful pieces of information to know, however you can pretty much find the answer to every one of those types of questions online. What you want to take notes on is how the college made you feel, what the people are like, and how nice the campus is. After a few months go by, you won’t really be able to recall all the little things that you liked about the college and how it made you feel. By taking notes on these things, you’ll be able to recall those memories and make a better decision on which colleges you liked and which you didn’t. Also, most colleges have a “Why *insert college name here*?” essay on their application. To prepare for this take notes on your favorite aspects of the college and what really entices you to apply there. I had an information session a few weeks ago where the admissions officer spoke to us about these types of essays. He told us that the most common type of answer they get is just a description of that university. For example, a common answer to a “Why Harvard?” essay would basically summarize to this: I want to go to Harvard because I’m looking for a small to mid-sized research based ivy league/private school near a big city. These are the worst answers to a “Why ______?” essay. Admissions are officers are looking for you to be specific. They are trying to see if and how you will fit into their university. I spoke with a student/tour guide at another college visit who told me her essay was about how the university had one of the only American Sign Language programs in the country, which was something she was very interested in. She also wrote about what clubs she wanted to be a part of and how she saw herself walking through campus. So, taking notes on what programs, departments, clubs, and opportunities intrigue you most can help you in the long run.
  6. Ask questions. This is your best time to ask questions. You have access to admissions officers and current students, both of which are happy to help. I had a tour guide once who highly encouraged us to come up and talk with her on the walks in between destinations because she was genuinely interested in us. The admissions officers and student tour guides want to be there, want to answer your questions, and want to share their experiences. So feel free to ask about a specific program or department that interests you, or what their favorite and least favorite things about that university are, or what clubs/organizations they offer. Get invested and interested!
  7. Spend extra time/take your time. After your tour, take some time to walk around the campus by yourself. The tour will not show you every part of the campus so take an adventure and find something that interests you and get a better feel for campus. I also recommend grabbing a bite to eat on campus (this isn’t always possible during the summer as the eateries are not always open so instead grab something to eat at a local restaurant right outside campus) and even chatting with a random student or two. Finally, try to limit yourself to one college visit a day. Cramming in two or more visits in a day can cause you to rush and feel overwhelmed. You really want to take your time and soak everything in.

Well, those are my tips on how to improve your college visits. Hope they helped. I am happy to answer any of your questions.


You learn something new every day…

Philine: I was wondering: If there’re any daily life things like grocery or peeing at the corner on the street when you’re drunk or something like that, and you can’t do because you’re famous, or you’re limited doing, and you miss?

Robbie Williams: I’d crossroads moments in my life couple of weeks ago. And I’m not… And I’m sad to say this. It doesn’t make me… I saw a vegetable in the fridge and I didn’t know what it was. And it was fucking cucumber. That tells you something what my life has become and exactly how much grocery shopping and cooking I do.

Keep going forward, that’s all that I ever done, keep going forward. There’s been times when I didn’t want to be on the planet anymore and I’ve just got off the sofa and kept going and kept going and kept going… And it came good in the end and I think if you keep going forward you win.
—  Robbie Williams, College Tour

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