Monday, August 13, 2012

Cruising for Colleges

Hey everyone! This summer is a great time to start looking at colleges that you want to apply to. Since there is no school, summer is a great time to travel around the country to look at perspective colleges. This week I spent on the East Coast looking at Georgetown, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, and Duke. Those are four universities that I am interested in and wanted to see in person. And I am very glad that I did! They are all very unique universities that offer different things to their students. Some fit me, and others did not. But I would have never known if I did not visit the school.
There are many advantages that come out of visiting the school. Although you can learn about the school online and look at pictures, you never get the true atmosphere and environment of the school until you visit it in person. You can meet with an admissions officer to get an information session about the school and go on a tour of campus with a student. Having these tools available to you helps to learn about the school in cool and interesting ways. Duke Universities has a lemur forrest while a building in the University of Pennsylvania was used as the mansion in the TV show Adams Family. That's something you would never read about on the website!
Most importantly, being on campus helps you visualize if you can imagine yourself at this school. The first part of the application process is figuring out which schools to apply to!
Even if you cannot travel to visit schools, there are many options offered online now like virtual tours and discussions rooms. Don't worry, with enough research, you will find the school perfect for you!

What schools are you interested in applying to? Where have you visited recently? Let me know in the comments!



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