My last post, 10 College Visit Tips for High School Sophomores, turned out to be a big hit.
I even received some great suggestions for more college visit tips, including a note to tell parents that they should share these posts with their students.
Note for Juniors! The tips in both posts will help you, too. So here they are:
5 More College Visit Tips for High School Sophomores:
- Besides taking notes, take video so you’ll have a visual history later on.
- Think about splitting from your parents and taking a separate tour. You can be independent as well as safe (if that’s a concern).
- Ask other students questions. Don’t just hear what the tour guide and admissions office want you to hear and see (although speaking with an admissions rep is a good thing to do).
- If there is a student from the same high school enrolled, contact him or her and see if he or she would take you to the cafeteria, eat the food and meet and greet, and get treated like a real person.
- Parents – Reading your student is important. If your student isn’t ready, don’t visit. Dragging someone to a place he or she doesn’t want to be will only cause irritation all around. (Or, as a colleague of mine put it, “Leading a horse to water when he’s not thirsty will often aggravate the horse and the horse’s parents.”)
Do you have more tips for college visits? Let me know! I’ll include them in future posts.
Sharon Epstein is owner of First Impressions College Consulting in Redding, Connecticut. Need help with essay writing, interview skills, and organizing your college search? I work with students everywhere: in-person, over the phone, Skype, and by email. Visit my website for more info. Connect with me on Google+, Pinterest and Twitter.