When looking for a college dont go for the majority vote go where your heart tells you it might not even be your first choice.
My advice to parents would be to let your children visit different schools to get comfortable with the environment of and around the school and so they can make sure that they like the school.
Students visit the colleges you want first. Going to an college without knowing anything about it can hurt it in the long run. Parents make sure your son/or daughter fill out scholarships before they go to college. Freshman year is when they need to start and make sure their grades are higher than a 2.5 because it's nearly impossible to get a scholarship if your gpa is lower than that.
College is not just based on a name or location. College is based on the feeling of security as well as the environment which is best for you. Many people mess up by biting off more than they can chew, attending this large universities with a lack of personal attention. If a student s used to attending larger schools thats on thing but student must know whats best for them. Dont rush to move off campus if you are not going to properly attend classes and handle your reponsbilities. However, the most important fact is just know when you walk on campus if the school is the right placefor you.
The advice that I would give students and parents is for parents encourage your kids to study hard and make the best out of high school so that they can receive a scholarship to college. For students stay focused in college and don't let the social life rule your college experince. Have fun but be smart at the same time and no what your the for and make the best out of it, so that after those four or five years you will be able to come out and be successful.
To parents and students who want to find the right college I would say you have to first explore the option of whether you want to go far away from home or stay close. This is a major decision because you have to make sure that you will be comfortable with the distance between home and your school. I know for me I really wanted to attend a Historically Black College and being that most of them are in the South, I had to make the decision of going far away from home. Of course it was tough for me but in the end it was worth it because I absolutely love my school. Secondly, when you choose a school, I recommend a campus visit. This will allow you to actually view the campus and see what the students are like. In addition, you can survery the are in which the school is set.Campus visits are what usually make or break a student's decision and I highly reccomend them. To the student college is all about experiences. The best way to make it positive is by joining clubs and attending events on campus.
The advice I would give to parents and/or students about finding the right college is that they should consider what type of learning environment they wish to be apart of (a small private college versus a large state university, etc.) They should consider what type of major field of study they or their child would like to go into, i.e. psychology, nursing, engineering, etc., and particularly look at schools that specialize in that field. Also, they should consider the community surrounding the college campus. They should consider whether or not they'd like to be in a community with alot of events and extracurricular activities versus a low-key environment with seasonal/sporadic events and extracurricular activities.
Parents and/or students trying to find the right college should definitely visit the school before they apply. Students should go to schools that best suite them and there financial needs. Not just a school that they can party at or that mom/dad went to. Parents should be aware of the type of security the campus offers, as well as the recent occurance's of violence in the neighborhoods surrounding the college. When looking into schools, students should never be afraid to ask questions and parents should find out all they can about scholarship opportunities that the school offers to its students. Students when getting into college should always try to form study groups and utilize campus tutors when necessary. Finally, students should be aware of their teachers office hours and allow their teachers to get to know them on a more personal level. It'll be beneficial to the student when they're looking for recommendations.
One type of advice I would give parents and/or students about finding the right college and making the most of the college experience is making sure that the school meets your needs. For example, if you are highly intersted in art, make sure that the college that you attend or planning to attend has a art program that is right for you. Also, when finding the right college, make sure it is a place that you can afford or there some time of aid that is offered to the students. One way in making the most of the college experience is making sure that you are involved in some time of club or organization that interest you. School is about having fun, making friends that last for a last time, and working hard for a goal that is going to carry you for the rest of your life.
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Before accepting an college's invitation to attend their university, visit the school and try to spend as much time as allowed before you make a decision to go there. Consider the city/area in which the school is located before going. Attend as many summer programs with the school you are going to as possible so that you will know more people in the fall and be better adjusted before the school year starts.
To the students- really research what college you would like to go to, and if you can visit that campus and get a feel for the school and also really pray about it. Thats waht really helped me. Also to the parents support your child, this will probably be their first major decision they will have to make. Guide them and be there for them but utimately let them make the decision on where they are going to school.
Find a college that fits your personality, your learning needs, and your financial needs. Don't just pick the first school that accepts you. Take your time and do your research. To make the most bout of your experience, be as active in the school community as possible and if you put your all into your work, you will get out what you put in.
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