Please go and VISIT the college! Stay the night in the area.... get a feel for it. See if you can sit-in on some on-campus activities. This is imperitive for understanding the mood and atmosphere of the college. Also read the student news paper. It shows the contriversy at the school, and often will include opinions from students about policies, campus life, upcoming events, and even professors.
Once you get to college, I would recommend living on campus your first year. Yeah there's more rules , but until you know the area it's also safer. Living off campus can also tend to be isolating. If you must live off campus, at least get some sort of meal plan - because truthfully, this is the best way to make friends.
As far as classes go... take them seriously. ALWAYS read the syllubus - first thing!!! Sometimes professors won't tell you there will be an exam or a paper due... it's in the syllubus! Also, make it a rule never to miss class. If you're there everyday, it's hard to fail the course.
Go to Marshall University. If not here go somewhere like it, its a great school with a great campus.
Go visit! And after the guided tour, explore on your own....they tend to show you only what you "want" to see. Or, if your child already knows a student at that university, ask if you can talk to them to ask them your own questions.
Come with an open mind and establish a personal connection with your best professors.
Make a list of the factors that are most important to you. At first, go crazy, look at schools wherever and whatever the cost. Find your dream school. If you can't afford your dream school, which most of us can't, look into scholarships, and if that's still not enough, find your dream school on a budget. Look for schools that have similar programs, atmospheres, types of people, classes sizes, etc. Don't forget to think about what kind of atmosphere you will be most comfortable in and what kind of people you enjoy being around.
College really is one of the greatest times of your life, at least from what I can tell so far, and you will make some of the best friends you'll ever have. To get the most out of your experience, I recommend trying as many new things as possible. Take a scuba diving or yoga class, join a kayaking club, take a course on the religious traditions of the Americas. There are so many things to explore and discover, but they will only be beneficial if you take advantage of them. Never be afraid to try something on your own.
Be prepared to work to make your college experience the best it can be
I would advise students to take initiative about the decisions that will impact their future. Your parents should not do all the work. Research schools using the many resources available and narrow your selection based on the best fit for your personality and goals. Take the application process seriously and again use resources available to assist in the process and with the essays. To make the most of your college experience, get involved! Keep an open mind, don't be afraid to ask questions, network, study hard and make good decisions. Embrace the new friendships and the opportunities to create lifelong memories. College is but one phase of your life, live it to the fullest and you will reap the rewards.
Students and parents must defintley look into every college classes whats being taught if its updatted teaching or not. students needs avoid colleges has reputation of out of date teaching, drugs usage on campus by teachers and students , what goes on in dorm rooms and campus .
I think students right out of high school should go away for college. Going away from home will give you the best experience!
Tour the place and get to know people from there to find out how it really is.
Look at all of the choices you have put in front of you, and try to visit most of them. Once you visit them, make a list and try to put them in order of the best to the worst. Remember, you are the one going to the school, so you should be the one to make the main decision. Make the choice based on how you felt when you went the campus and if you were comfortable or not. You will be attending that university for 4 years, so you want to make sure that it is the right one for you!
Talk with faculty and workers on campus
It is important not only to find a college or university that has your field of study but to also find the school where the atmosphere fits your personality and learning style. One of the most important things to look for is diversity. You should be able to explore different cultures, traditions, and styles within the safety net of your quasi-adult stage of life. You will never have another time in yoiur life where you will be able to interact and explore as freely.
I would tell them to visit the schools while classes are in session before they make their decision. This would give them a feel for what it is like to be a student there on a typical school day. Also they should ask students questions about the faculty and staff. That way they can see how caring or uncaring they may be. They should also ask about any extracurriculars they may be interested in.
Just look at what the college offers and make sure it's what you will need. Also, look at the campus itself as far as size, diversity, etc. and see if you actually like it and wouldn't care to live there 8 months of the year.
I would advise them to look for the most affordable, and best academically rated college that they could find.
Consider the environment, whether it would facilitate your learning experience or hinder it. You should take time to visit the campus and surrounding area, meet professors, and see what type of students with whom you would be sharing this learning experience. See how focused the university is on what field of learning you will be focusing on, and if you are not sure of what you would like to have as your focus, then see if they have a good career counseling center. Make sure that they have enough extra-curricular activities in which you can involve yourself. Find out how you can balance your social life by inquiring of both their study facilities and what students generally do for fun. Look into the types of intramural sports, clubs, and other activities you can get involved in around campus, which will all help you be involved in the college or university as much as possible. Finally take notice of your ?gut feeling? for the campus. Sometimes there are things that you may not be aware of as unpleasant to you or not fitting to your personality. However, if you feel comfortable there, keep that school on your list of possibilities.
Look for a school that offers a wide variety of majors, unless you already know what you want to do. Talk to your professors, they don't bite and get paid to see you succeed. Also as a student never be afraid to speak up in class. You will be amazed at what a difference it will make on your experience. These professors will also know who you are and can be great resourse when you need recomendation letter after you graduate.
Research about the college and go for walk throughs of the colleges. You never really know what the bigger problems will be until you get there. You can always change colleges just make sure of how many credits will transfer and if it's worth it.
I would tell parents that every school has partiers, so don't focus on that. Look at the good things that the school or students from that school have accomplished. All schools are expensive but they have options to help paying for it easier and they have their own scholarships so be sure to look into that. Also just because a community college is frowned upon on a resume doesn't mean your child can't go there for a couple years to take the first year of classes there, most of the classes have nothing to do with their degree anyway, so you will be finishing a year of college and only paying 1/4 or less of the tuition. One more thing don't ever tell your child they can't make it in college or that they can decide if they want to go or not, because without a college education they can't make it through life. Always be positive and help them through college, because it's not easy like high school and with finicial strain ontop of that makes you wanna give up so always be positive.
Its important to start early to take advantage of all available financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Make sure and take a campus tour and see the dorms or available housing to make sure it meets yours needs. Get involved in campus life and if at all possible stay on campus the first year.
My advice on choosing a college is to pick one where you can have an equal balance of work and play. You are going to college to get an education, to get a degree and make a difference in the world. But, even the brightest person would go crazy if they didn't have a little bit of fun. Choose a good accredited college that has plenty of opportunities for extracurricular activities as well as an awesome Greek system. I have experience in both of these areas and it is by far a few of the best decisions of my life. The most important thing I have to say about college, though, is to remember why you are there. I believe I have a good method of studying and I get very good grades. However, I have seen many friends fail classes and drop out because they couldn't control their social lives. Don't let this happen to you! So remember, stay focused, be organized, and have good time management, and college will not only be easy, but fun!!
First, be absolutely positive that the university offers a program for your major. Next, review the courses required to fulfill your major. Third, definetly tour the campus or campuses you are leaning toward and experience first-hand what the university or universities have to offer; be especially mindful of the atmosphere, that is, evaluate how you feel when walking around the campus (were you excited, happy, or uncomfortable in your surroundings). Then, weigh the pros and cons of attending this university; consider the financing available to attend, curriculum offered, available housing, available religious services, tutoring clinics, and access to outside sources like pizza parlors, movie theaters, etc. After all, students do need some outside activities to break the stress of academia.
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