In this Thursday feature, we will suggest a topic or question and ask you to submit a short essay, say, about 200-400 words about that subject that provides thoughtful advice to your classmates based on your experience.

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1. Post your submission to the comment section below.

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We know you all have amazing things to say and share with your peers. So here’s your chance.

Today’s topic:

Campus visits

Would you recommend that students visit colleges before they apply or after they’ve heard a college decision? What should you do on a campus visit? When should you take a trip? Etc… etc… etc…

We’re excited to hear what you have to say!

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  1. Krystyna R says:

    You should most definitely visit the college before applying there, if it is close enough for you to make the trip to see it. Looking at the college website is not enough to gauge if you will enjoy living there for your college years. By going there you can experience what is around the college – things to do, places to eat, etc. If you dont like it then dont apply and this will save you a lot of time applying to the college and also any fees that the college has for your application. You should take the trip as soon as you have a college in mind, and dont just visit one. Visit as many as possible to pick the best one for you. Campus visits are very important and look at the school’s location, sports (if interested), tuition difference if living on or off campus, places to possible get a job, etc. A campus visit was the crucial thing that made me choose my college. Hope this helps!

  2. I would definitely suggest to every student that they visit each campus before they apply. By visiting before you apply, it gives you a much better chance to know whether you even want to go to that school. Some people think that they’re big-college students, and once they go visit a big campus like IU Bloomington or Miami University, they realize that a large campus isn’t for them, and so that gives them the opportunity to look at other colleges that are smaller in size and will focus more on their individual needs. Of course, it varies from person to person. Visiting before you apply to colleges also gives you a heads up for when you do get accepted: you can narrow your field down, and depending on the type of college you’re interested in, you can revisit and really get a feel for the colleges and see which one will fit YOUR needs the best.

  3. Katie Strotman says:

    One thing that is definitely important is viewing the colleges of your choice. Websites can only go so far in showing the campus and the life and activities that are nestled within it. To get a real feel for it all, you need to at least visit once.

    At my college, we are lucky to have a great program that shows potential college students our campus. You can schedule a tour of the campus, and they show you both on foot and on a bus. They also help to pair you with a teacher within the program of your interest to help give you a feel of the curriculum you will encounter.

    All colleges have a method of showing their campus to you, it’s just a matter of you contacting them and seeing what they can offer you. Some might just show you the campus, others might show you your program of interest, however you need to pick what will help you out to really get a feel for the school.

    On top of getting a tour, you should see if you know someone who is currently at the school to give you their tour. I can’t tell you how important it is to see a school from the eyes of a current student. They can give you a different outlook of the school but also a more realistic one which might give you quite a bit of info that wasn’t told in that fancy bus tour.

    One last thing to do, just walk the campus. If this school is a serious contender, you’ll be walking there later on down the road, might as well get use to it now!

  4. Keyana G. says:

    Visiting a college after being accepted is definitely the smart thing to do because you have a chance to get a feel for the atmosphere of the campus and plus will have a small amount familiarity with it before the semester starts. You will be to gain a better knowledge of the school grounds and what type vibe your surroundings make you feel. Whether it is somewhere you feel safe living and going to school or for some reason you feel unsecure. These are some of the things that I looked into especially because my university is in downtown phoenix where homeless people are present. This part is most important because if you are an out-of-state scholar you would want to feel secure enough to live on campus during the semester.

    For a personal experience, I know that when I stepped onto campus before school started I still overwhelmed about it even though it was only the orientation. My guide allowed us to separate from our parents and gave a guided tour of the news rooms and editing bays that are available for the students. But when you are on your college visit do not be afraid to ask questions because you will have questions on something rather it is about living on campus, eateries or anything. I am sure that your guide would know these things if not, additional research can do you some good before and after the orientation.

    I couldn’t imagine all the things were thrown at me but I can definitely recommend that you schedule a tour probably a month in advance in order for the information to dissolve and you have a clear idea of what you will be experiencing for the next four years.
    Once you feel satisfied with your decision, don’t forget that there are on-campus advisors that are more than happy to answer any question that you might have.

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