SAY ‘YES’ TO EXPLORING COLLEGES
A friend invited me to visit her college alma mater and I enthusiastically said, “YES!” I just got back from a weekend visit to West Virginia University, home of the Mountaineers – and I had a wonderful time. It was a nice reminder of the advice I give students during our first meeting: Explore Colleges!
If you have no idea how to do that, consider these suggestions:
🔹 Visit In Person
Nothing beats seeing a college in person. The best option is to take the official tour. However, even a stroll or drive through campus will provide a great perspective.
🔹 Take the Virtual Tour
If there’s a good thing about COVID it is the degree to which colleges have created virtual touring options. Most colleges have a way for you to tour their campus virtually. It’s a fantastic way to take a first look at any campus. See any college website for details.
🔹 Look at the Website
And yes – the college website itself provides a wealth of information. Of course, look for things like majors and minors, but also look for clubs & activities, concerts, festivals, special programs, ties to the surrounding community, and so much more!
🔹 Add Social
Following colleges on social media is the perfect way to see staged and candid shots of what’s happening on campus. If you’re crazy about lemurs, follow Duke University’s program @dukelemurcenter on Instagram for a daily dose of cuteness.
🔹 Attend College Fairs and/or Virtual Events
Again, thanks to COVID you can engage with a variety of colleges through local, regional, and national college fairs – all from your computer. Check out nacacfairs.org for virtual and in-person options. Also – join the mailing lists of your favorite colleges to find out when their representatives will be coming to your town. Most colleges are back to traveling!
🔹 Connect – with a Student, a Professor, and/or an Alum
If you want a truly personal perspective, ask the college admissions representative to connect you with a student, a professor, and an alum. Or all three!
If you’re going on vacation, find a college in the area and take a tour. If you discover that your neighbor went to the University of Alaska, check out the website and see what you find. If you want help with the initial exploration or if you’re ready for a deep dive – give me a call. I would love to help you find and fund your ideal college experience! Reach out using any of the buttons below or give me a call at 405-906-7044!
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