FATHERLY ADVICE: TAKE THE COLLEGE TOUR
Father’s Day is this week so, once again, Shannon asked me to share something about college admissions. This year, my decision was easier. I’m here to offer a simple piece of advice: Take the Tour.
This advice stems from a ‘proud dad moment.’ My daughter has been serving as an admissions tour guide at The University of Oklahoma for the past year. I was lucky enough to go on one of her tours at the end of April. I loved seeing Delaney and her friends in action – walking backwards, adjusting the microphone headset, fielding questions left and right. As I immersed myself in the experience, I began to really understand why these tours are important. Sure, seeing the dorms rooms and dining halls are crucial for every potential student. And yes, having the opportunity to ask questions about everything under the sun is something you should definitely take advantage of. But it occurred to me that a college tour given by a college student is your perfect opportunity to see how this particular university is supporting its students.
Tour guides are prepared with the canned answers to the most common questions. However, they are also eager to give their personal perspectives if you just ask. Do your friends go home on the weekends? Tell me about your favorite professor. How did you get your internship? What research have you done? Tell me about your study abroad experience. Do you feel safe on campus? How crucial is having a car?
I know throughout COVID most colleges created a virtual version of their campus tours. And certainly, those are a great introduction to the college and campus life. But nothing beats an in-person tour led by a college student. Shannon has taken scores of college tours. It’s just one of the things she does to invest in the college admissions process. She’s a constant and life-long learner. Her days are filled with exploring colleges as well as the programs and scholarships that create that ‘ideal experience’ for each aspiring student. She’s great at what she does. You won’t regret letting her help you navigate the road to college admissions. And it’s never too early to start! Give her a call today – 405-906-7044.
Thanks for letting me share. And Happy Father’s Day!
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