Tours to see
With another school year almost in the past, summer often brings about questions of the future. And, of course, while students relentlessly study for AP and final exams, the question of college comes to mind. Take the summer as an opportunity to get to know schools that might be of interest to you. A college tour is one of the best ways to find out what university is right for you. These steps will help make your visit as useful as possible:
1 CALL AHEAD
Schedules can be unpredictable on college campuses during the summer. The best way to get the complete experience is by calling the school ahead of time and registering for a group tour.
2 ASK QUESTIONS
Gather as much information as you can. Be sure to ask your tour guide about classes, how credits work, what the professors are like or anything else that you're curious about. It is important to be able to make an informed decision. Also, if you can, find a financial officer and ask questions.
3 FIND OUT ABOUT EXTRACURRICULARS
You won't likely spend all of your time studying. Get a feel for clubs and intramural sports teams that are available. If you're interested in the Greek life, ask about that, too. As a freshman, it's important to get to know as many people as you can.
4 EAT LUNCH ON CAMPUS
Check out the dining halls. Not only will you get a preview of your meals for the next four years, but you also will be able to see students in their environment. It is a great way to see if the school is really a fit for you. Plus, you can decide whether or not you'll want the meal plan.
5 TALK TO A STUDENT OTHER THAN THE TOUR GUIDE
The job of a tour guide is to make the school seem as appealing as possible. He or she will paint you the rosiest picture, but sometimes that is not very realistic. Step out and talk to other students. Ask them what life is really like on campus, both academically and socially. You may find their answers to be quite different from the ones the tour guide gave.
Isabel Giovannetti, Robinson High
5 Steps to a worthwhile college visit