College is extremelly important. There's no harm in taking some time off from high school and discovering who you really are. There are a lot of pressures in college about choosing that perfect major immediately. Go to college when you're ready, not when others believe you are. It's okay to wait!
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In regard to finding the right college, students and their parents need to learn as much as possible about the colleges they are considering. Campus visits are a must! While visting, I would reccomend meeting with future undergrad advisors, residential life coordinators, and the financial aid department. The students should feel comfortable with the feeling of the campus and surrounding area. Each person has thier own expectations and standards, but the academic department for one's major should be the most important thing to look into. The professors and classes are the key part of the students' studies.
While attending one's college of choice, the student needs to actively pursue opportunities. The financial aid department has money and scholarships for those that ask and the undergraduate research center has internships and funding for the students that are interested and ask. Also, make friends throughout your campus experiences because they will come in handy when you need it. Most importantly, have fun! But also remember that you only have one first impression with everyone you meet and that you can only take each test and do each assignment once. Don't think of repeating a class as an option.
I wouldn't underestimate the enviroment around the school. While the campus and its services may be outstanding, if the school is located in a community that your going to have a hard time fitting into, utalizing and connecting with, developing an identity and coping skills that are independant of other students and the school is going to be difficult.
I think that the best way to find out if a school is right for you is to visit them and to talk to real students and take the campus tours. You will never know if you fit in until you get there so take andy opportunity you can to visit the schools that you apply to. And apply to as many schools as possible don't be afraid of rejection. And good Luck!!!!
Take the time out to spend a couple days or even a weekend at the college campuses that you are considering. Really take time to know you rresources and what is available to you on that campus and when. Also, take time to know that area around your campus to help eliminate confusion whenever traveling off campus. Most of all, take time to talk to current students that attend that school to really get a feel for the environment and scene that takes place at tha certain university.
I think one of the most important things to do to find a good college is to see the campus. Take a tour on a weekday to get a good idea of what the campus is like in action. Ask students questions. Tour the department you are interested in and ask students with the same or similar majors about their experience at the school. Ask questions like: What are the teachers like here? How's the food? Is it easy to register for classes and get counseling?
Visit the schools before making a final decision. Simply sampling the atmosphere can help make a choice much clearer.
The advice I would give is that you have to consider all the different variables that any school offers. You can't just focus on one aspect, plus you should always visit the campus to know if you would like the area. The school may not be exactly what you imagined it would be that's true for any school and you might have to make the choice if you want to stay or go somewhere else. I believe that it is always worth it to stick it out. You choose to come here and unless you trully hate it then you shouldn't leave, give it at least a year.
Try to picture what you want to be doing in college - what will be most important to you, what type of friends do you want etc. Then find a school where you think all that will be available to you. Never underestimate your instincts and talk to as many people as you can on each campus.
Make sure to visit the campus during a time when there are classes in session and there are students around. Go because of the majors and classes they offer and not how good the parties are. Take part in school functions if you want to meet active kids and have fun while supporting your school. Join or even create clubs/groups to meet new friends that have the same interests. Most of all have fun and take advantage of what you have around you.
To allow students to live on campus to learn, grow and develop tolerance for others differences.
college is what you make it
Research every school you are considering, from the campus life, to the teachers and the majors that are offerd. It would help to go to an orientation for the campus you are interested in, and perhaps speak to an academic and residential advisor to make sure you are making the right choice for your future. Definatly check out the libraies, becasue that is an important place where a lot of studying gets done, so ot important to make sure you are in a stimulating and comfortable environment. Also, get to know some of the current students at each school by going to the cafeteria or introducing yourself as a prospective student.
When looking for the right college for your child, bear in mind that the greatest learning experiences are experience based, not book based. A holistic view of a college campus and community should be taken in to ensure that your child will make the most of their college experience.
Do what feels right.
The best advice I can offer is to make sure that the colleges are in your interest have programs that you are interested in. Make sure that you give yourself a couple different major options because you will more likely change your mind for your future more than once. Also, it is important to take courses that double count for undergraduate credits that way you can get to take your classes for your actual degree faster. It is important to involve yourself in clubs, activities and/or organizations that will help ease the process of making new friends and adjusting to a new environment.
I would advice students to look for university that posses the qualities they need. May that be small class sizes, accessible public transit, diversity of classes with major, interactive faculty, and specific setting. In making the most of your college experience, be open and receptive to the diversity of others. College is a place were knowledge is gained and life long friendships are made. You discover a world of endless possiblities and learn that you can create that dream into a reality. One of the most important piece of wisdom you can gain is that there are multiply paths to that career, so as long as you keep the sparks alive anything is possible.
As for parents, I would advice them to find out what your childs needs and desires are. Visit universities with your child, ask to meet faculty and students within your child's interested major(s). Lastly, encourage them to dream and have them realize that they will need to work hard and stay focus.
I would say that it is important to find a school that suits your personality. If you arent in to sports, dont go to a division one school where sports are #1. If you are a very serious student and very goal oriented, dont go to a school with a notorious party scene (dont fool yourself though, all schools have one, some just more than others). Its all about how you feel when you are on the campus and the vibes that you get from the area and from the people. It all comes down to happiness. If you arent happy or comfortable somewhere, you arent going to do well. Making the most of the college experience is all about finding people that you relate to, and participating in the things that interest you. A good school will provide you with opportunities to find both of these things.
I feel that they should pick a school based on the environment, as well as to go to a college that encourages students to think for themselves as well as self discovery.
I would advise students to pick their top 3 schools and compare them. Do not rush into anything. Do not choose a college because that is where your friends are going. The best thing to do would be to visit the school and check out all the programs and majors that they provide for students. Meet as many people as you can your freshman year, it helps to make friends. Do not be pressured into doing anything that you do not want to or feel comfortable doing. Major in something you are passionate about, not something that just seems okay to major in.
I would make sure that the classes taken are the right ones needed and make sure all the paperwork is filled in and submitted on time. Make sure the degree you want to achieve is at the school and investigate the area before you attend. It will make the transition easier for everybody.
Talk to students who are currently enrolled in a school before making a decision.
Finding the right university for you or your child can be a difficult experience. The first step is to understand what you want out of this experience. This does not only apply to your academic goals. The years you (or your child) spend at this university can greatly impact future network development, affecting both career and personal goals. Think of these years as a spring-board into the future and try to locate the university that will serve as a source of support and guidance across all aspects of your life.
The student needs to know that they can connect with a campus. Talk with the teachers, talk with the students, look at available social situations outside of the classroom. Make sure that the student feels safe and comfortable. Do NOT allow your student to take out student loans. Research financial aid, scholarships, grants, etc. to find the money. Have a cell phone. Buy groceries. Get a laptop. Have FUN. Many students get caught up and study hard, and dont socialize too much, or vise versa. The student themself needs to find the right balance to survive. Parents cant make their kids attend classes, students have to WANT to attend. Make the most of your university. Attend clubs, meetings, organizations, guest lecturers, speakers, theatres. You never want to look back on college and wish youd done something, you want to look back and realize how much you learned from actually doing those events and having those experiences. Both good and bad will come from college. ENJOY the experience while it lasts!
First off, I would suggest knowing the desired field of study to make sure that the selected campus can provide the desired major that would help make the college experience much more enjoyable. Second, do your research! Taking classes that don't fit your major can be such a drag and feel like a waste of your time and money. So go online or look at different brochures for different campuses that may interest you and compare courses they offer to see what best fits your field of interests. Third, notify the campuses you are interested in to create a relationship. This can be very useful when making the final decision. Fourth, visit the campuses if you can, or schedule a tour. This will help get several questions you may have answered, like housing and eating options, financial aid, and all that other good stuff. These four tips are just the few greatest one can receive for finding the right college. Good Luck!
Look for a school that is tailored to your personality. If you like to be social, pick a large school with lots of events, if you prefer a small-knit group, try a smaller school. Don't feel pressured to pick a school because of an academic plan...afterall, you will probably change your mind!!! Find somewhere you would like to live and a culture you would want to call home!
Intially, it is crucial that you get involved. Being a part of a community (be it whatever interests you) will open you up to meeting more people, being invited to social events, and feeling like you belong to the campus. The first year away from home can be more difficult than you would have imagined, the easiest way to wean yourself into being independant (and happy) is to find somewhere you belong in the new environment. Although you may feel like you want to go home each weekend, make an effort to stay and eventually you will find your niche!!!
Location really does matter, and small class sizes are really important.
When looking for a college, the best advice would be to visit and ask questions. Ask as many questions as you can possibly think of. Ask the students, teachers, administrators, whoever you can get your hands on! It's very important to physically put yourself in the environment you'll be spending your next however many years in. If you don't know what the living environment is like, there would be no reason to move there. You could become depressed, therefore jepordizing your GPA and losing your financial aid. Make sure that the college has the right programs for you and the resources you require to succeed. Always overplan! That's the best way to do it.
Try to find somewhere you will fit into the communtiy. Don't just go there because they are the biggest and most high class school. Go to somewhere where you will enjoy the time you have. Go somewhere where you want to go to, not your parents or family. Go somewhere that facilitates your needs. If you want to go to a huge school, go! If not, find somewhere that will make you happy. And sometimes that odd-ball school you wouldn't have even thought would be worth anything, may turn out to be the best decision of your life!
They say that college is the best four years of your life. From personal experience, I'd have to say that so far it's true. But it doesn't just happen like that. Whether or not this year is better than last year is a personal choice that everyone has to make, and by actively deciding to make it your best year to date, college really can be the best years ever. Part of making that decision, however, is making the right choices about your learning environment and finding the kind of environment in which you, as an individual, can really thrive. Class size, living situations and surrounding area, to name a few, are all extremely important things to consider. Despite all this, the biggest impacting factor on whether or not you get the most out of your college experience is undoubtedly your attitude. People are generally about as happy as they make up their minds to be, and by simply chosing to consistently be optimistic, friendly, and focused your college experience can and will be all that you hope for it to be.
The college experience is one of the most important in anybody's life, so it has to be a time looked back on as nothing short of amazing. Since learning is ultimatly the bottom line, class size, quality of professors, and classes offered are the three key espects of deciding on a college. Aside from that, Fraternities and Sorrorities, as well as extra curicular activities and sports programs should also be evaluated. If your son or daughter wants to go to school, have fun, but focus on their studies without tremendous distractions, a school like mine, CSUMB, is a great choice. Whereas if a students wants the whole deal out of college, crazy parties, huge lecture halls, and a very large campus, then a much larger University should be looked at. I love where I'm going, the education I'm getting, and what I am getting out of my college experience, so really what else can you ask for? College is all about what you make it, so it is always up to the student.
Don't think about it too hard, its just the mindset you go into college with that will help you have a better time.
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