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Choosing the right college

February 17, 2013
Emily Snider - Editorial Intern , Reinbeck Courier

Choosing the right college is crucial for a good experience. Not everyone goes to college, but if you are planning on going you need to put a lot of thought into the process. Visiting a college is the only way that you will be able to get a feel for whether the college is right for you. I would like to give you a few tips on how to successfully visit a college to see if it is the right fit for you.

The first thing you need to do is research the college. Find out what programs they have, the housing choices, and see if they have any clubs that you would be interested in joining. If you research a college and they don't have the program, or major that you are interested in, there is no use visiting the college. After researching, if you do find that the college has your program, think of some questions that you have about that program. If you find that there are clubs that you would be interested in, ask to meet with the leader of the club to hear more.

The next tip to make your visit successful is to make sure that a tour of campus is scheduled. Most college visits will come with a tour, but make sure that there is one scheduled. A tour will allow you to see the housing options, classrooms, and the area that you will be eating your meals. The time that it takes to walk from each place is also an excellent time to get some of your questions answered. Often times, your tour guide will be a student, and this will allow you to ask them about some of their experiences at the college.

The third tip is for all the parents out there. It is important for you to know things about the college, but let the student explore. Allow them to make conversation and ask the questions because this is where they are going to be spending time at.

Trying to imagine yourself on campus will help you know if it is the place for you. Trying to picture yourself in the students' place is the fourth tip on visiting a college. When you tour the dorms, try and picture yourself sleeping and hanging out there. Will it feel like home?

The last tip is something that I am extremely glad that I did. It helped me make my college decision and even helped me come out of my shell a little bit more during the visit. This tip is that I highly recommend that you schedule a time to visit a professor in your field of study or the coach of an athletic team that you are interested in playing on. You need to make sure that you feel comfortable with these people because you will be around them a lot at your time at that college. Ask coaches about their philosophy or what they look for in a player.

Visiting a college is fun, but it can also be stressful. These are just a few tips on how to make the visit successful. There are many internet websites that have many other tips, so do your research. If you are knowledgeable about things and ask the right questions, you will enjoy your visit to any college.



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