Most importantly visit the school. Set up appointments with professors in the major you will be studying. Talk to other students that have been going to the school for a while, ask them what they do for fun, ask them for their honest opinions on the education they are receiving and experiences they are having. Try and get a feel for the city or town in which the school is located, make an extended stay there if possible. Talk to locals and students about what the city has to offer as far as outdoor activities, recreation and entertainment. Basically, just be outgoing and really dig deep and try and find out what the schools about by asking lots of people lots of questions. Even if they get annoyed, which they probably wont, or your embarressed to so, still do it because in the long run it will help. Just keep in mind that what you learn while visiting the school and talking to people has the potential to drastically change your live (or your sons or daughter).
Start looking early and know that whatever college you choose, there is a good chance that you will end up fitting in.
Rember that kids will be home sick, so if you think they will be. I would say have them go to college somewhere close to home. Also dont go to a college just becuase you're friends or boy/girl friend are going there. Tell you're kids that they will have many friends at college, just rember some might not be a good choice for you're academics.
Find a place that makes you feel comfortable and at home and everything else will come together.
Not to try and decide what you want to do right away. It seems that so many people are still unsure of what they do and even change their minds in the process that you should simply focus on an area of interest and see where it takes you. In my own experience I tried too hard to find just one thing to do, and if you personally know what thing then run with it, but otherwise don't stress about finding it. It'll reveal itself on its own.
College is what you make of it. People can promise you the world from one campus to the next, but when you get there you need to find your niche and make your presence known. Get to know your professors, get to know your classmates, get a job, get roomates who you love, make a mark!
Find a college that has the education you are looking for as well as the location you would like to live. Extracurricular activities are very important in college so make sure it is somewhere you can have fun.
Parents, I want to remind you that while it is your job to guide your child, they should make their own choice as to where they should attend school. Even if Billy or Sally wants to all the way across the country, that is okay. It hurts to let them go, but it's important that they be where they are happy.
Students, please go where you are happy. Don't let money stand in your way. There are jobs and loans and grants for you, if you look for them. It is better to get a good education than to get a cheap one. So many of us are going to be graduating in a ton of debt. That's okay! If you get a good education to do a job you love, what should that matter? As for making the most of the college experience, GO TO CLASS. Even if you only listen 50% of the time, that's 50% more you heard than if you didn't go. You pay good money to be there, so get your money's worth! Join clubs, too! That's a great way to make friends with similar interests.
Trying to find the right college can be an adventure if you treat it like one. When I was searching for colleges my first step was finding out if it had the field of study that I was hoping to take. After I found a few colleges that seemed interesting I did the best thing you can do, I visited the campus. You can learn anything you need at a campus tour. You meet real students and get a feel for your surroundings. My first tour is when I fell in love with Northern Michigan University. College visits was an important bonding experience for my parents and I. After seeing how happy I was in the college setting their fears for my future were pacified.
Choose the school that suits you best, don't choose it because your best friend is going there. Choose the school you feel most comfortable with, I'm sure there is a higher chance of success if you're comfortable in your learning environment. Good luck!
Make new friends!!!! Too many people spend too much time the first two weeks calling old High School friends and complaining about how much they miss eachoter. Be open minded, be courageous, and meet the people around you!!!
Apply to many colleges, the application processes and fees are nothing in the long run to keep your options open. Weigh your options and factor in things that are most important to you, such as location, prestige, size, etc. As far as making the most of your college experience, TRY NEW THINGS! You will learn a lot about yourself and make new friends, there are so many activities on any campus that there is always something new to try.
Get a good tour of the of the prospective schools. Here the staff and faculty have to say, but also get a feel for what the students who not doing the tour think about the school. Make sure to be open to new things and willing to step out of your comfort zone at times.
I would tell parents and students to really look into a number of different schools and what each school has to offer. I would also encourage them to go on a campus visit and meet with factualty in their field of interest. When they attend a college, I would tell them to find students organizations they would be interested in and get involved. I would also tell them that they are paying for college for a reason and they should try to make it to every class they can.
Find a campus that speaks to you and has many of the same values that you hold. If you are passionate about being green find a campus that is the same, be sure to ask questions when you visit. Don't worry too much about the money as you will be in debt whatever you do, just get a smart loan and try and save a little while you are in school. Many parents and students have trouble with the separation, this is normal, remember even though you are far away you can still call your parents/student as often as you want, that is what cell phones are for. When you talk often it doesn't feel like you are that far apart at all. Most important of all is to find friends that you can study with and have fun with, often at the time. You should enjoy your time at college, yeah learning is important but so are the experiences connections that you make, so set aside some time to hang with your friends on occassion and just blow off some steam. That fun time is what makes the time pass and prevents college burn out.
Make sure you visit the campus and they have the right classes for your major; make sure they have your major!
Visit! Visit! Visit! The most important advice I could give to parents and students trying to find the right college is to check out the school during an academic week and talk with other students to get the scoop on the academics and social life of the school as well as what is fun to do off-campus. Once the student has chosen the school that fits his or her personality and academic goals, the first thing to do is to find out how to somehow get involved, whether it is on or off-campus. Taking advantage of what the school and university have to offer will make any college experience more worthwhile and unforgettable!
Prioritize the qualities you want in a college. In all likelyhood, not every college is going to have all the qualities you want, so it is important to decide which ones are the most important.
Take your time and really look at your options. You will fail, but you will succeed. Go easy on yourself.
The most important factor to consider while choosing a college is not the big name, or the sports programs. The most important thing is knowing that one will have all the opportunities one could want. Colleges are proud to tout their wide variety and diversity of extra-curricular programs, as well as baccalaureate programs, and it is important to be assertive regarding one's desires. Don't give up! There are schools to fit everyone.
Despite popular belief, the most important aspect of college is the coursework. Most importantly, go to class! Many professors do notice when a student is rarely in attendance, and it definitely can affect a student's grade. Only slightly less important, take every opportunity to learn. There are study groups sponsored by the school, as well as fellow classmates that may want to form an informal study group. Also, there are tutoring centers, many for free. Finally, form a support network of friends and family members both at home and at school, so that even when college seems impossible, someone is there to help get through it and move forward.
My advice to students to find the school that has what you want. Make a ranked list of things you to get out of your college experience and what environment you want to learn in. Find a college that fits your list and do not go to a college just because your friend is going there. This is your future and your education, make sure that it is right for you and have fun.
My advice to parents is to make sure all the right questions get answered. Sometimes students forget to ask important questions like aid, health services, and public safety. These are all important questions to ask that happen to usually get buried under more fun questions to ask such as social environment. However, keep in mind this is your child's experience to live and his/her decision to make. Support them in the decision and things will go a lot smoother.
tour the colleges! spend a weekend and get to know the students! have your children get involved and talkt o organization groups on campus.
I would look into the programs/degrees they offer. Also what is around campus to participate in. Surroundings that offer activities your child may be interested in. Just a good school your child would be happy at attending.
When deciding on a college, make sure when you visit the campuses. The campuse that you feel like you are "home" is the right one for you. No the college that everyone is attending or the "it" place to be, but the one that feels like you are meant to be there and that you haven't really left home, but simply found your own place in the world. Once you get to college take advantages of the activities the school offers for you to meet people. It will make your college experience that much better to have people whom you would like to get to learn more about surrounding you than spending a lot of time alone.
Tour different colleges and ask lots of questions. Find out if the college offers the kind of activities you enjoy. It all depends on each persons individual taste. Some people like big schools others like smaller ones. Find a place where you can be comfortable because you will be spending a lot of time there. To make the most of your experience you should get involved with different clubs and organizations around campus. This will keep you up to date on whats going on with your school and it will help you to meet people.
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Make sure your child knows what they want out of college. Every post-secondary educational opportunity is different.
The best advice that I can give to anybody attending college is go to class, be active in organizations, and do not fall behind. College is ment to not only be an academic learning experience, but a social and personal learning expereince for themselves. One should not be afraid to try new things. Most on campus groups will welcome people just interested in learning about an activty that they do and will be helpful. Most of the organizations have students from all kinds of programs in college and they are almost all willing to help you with your school work if you're having trouble. Just remember that there are hidden resources in college in these groups that the college doesn't necessarily always tell you about. Be active and have fun.
Find a college that is what you want. look at what you want to study, what the college has to offer, and the cost to attend. Get away from the nomal. Get out and see new things, try new things, have fun, and stay safe.
Hey, go to something you can afford. It won't help you any if you are worried about finnances all the time. However, don't go to one of those community colleges. Check their website. If it works nicely, good university. If it stinketh much, don't go there. I wouldn't.
When finding the right college I think it is important to pick one that is far enough away from your home, but still close enough that you can go back when needed. It keeps some level of comfort that Mom and Dad are still there for you when you need them, but you still have all of your new found freedom. As far as making the mots out of your college experience I believe it is important to get out there and go to all of those different activities, meet new people and have fun. This is the time of your life when you do a lot of growing up and a lot of discovering who you really are, so get out there and discover!!
Don't take any part for granted!!!
I would say to make the most of your college experice, just get out there and experience the college life for what it really is. It's the only time in your life that you will be able to do it so make the most of it while you can.
My advice to parents or students looking for the right college would be to do your homework on the college. Some of the smaller universities might be the leader of the pack in certain fields. You might not find out unless you ask. As for making the most of the college experience, don't be afraid to have a social life! I've had the most fun at (ice) hockey games, and I've met some of my best friends through student organizations, both Greek and non-Greek. Just remember to balance your social life so that your grades don't suffer. Partying every night instead of designating one or two nights a week to kick back and relax can find you on academic probation or flunked out before you know it.
make sure that if you are from a small highschool you dont go to a college that is too big because you will feel overwhelmed, and vice versa. and dont worry about where your friends are going, find the best school for you and what you want to do.
Don't go to school and choose a specific major simply because you don't want to disappoint your parents. College should be something you're enthusiastic about (and going to class shouldn't be something you dread). Pick a major that relates to something you love (that you can make a living from) and go for it! Remember that college is what you make it to be, so if you're slacking, not participating, and partying, or staying up all night on the internet, it won't be a pleasant experience. But if you're active in class and have interest in what you're learning and take care of yourself from a health standpoint (that means sleeping enough!) you'll find college to be a lot more enjoyable. And parents, be realistic and supportive of your college-bound student, it will make their life (and yours) so much easier!
Every leaf does not always land in the grass!
If I were giving students advice about finding the right college, I would tell them this:
Be true to yourself. It is not up to your parents to decide your future. It is up to you to decide what you like and don't like. Look for a campus setting that reflects your personality and interests. The biggest mistake a person can make is to go to a college they have no interest in. If you are not interested, your social and academic life will suffer for it. As important as your education is, it is also important to find a university that you can enjoy. Extra curricular activities and sporting events, or just random things to do around campus can make your college experience more fulfilling. Find a campus that you can have fun at, as well as an environment you believe you can learn in. The reason you are there is to get a higher education. Do not use all your time messing around. The hardest but most important thing to learn is to balance your academic and social lives. Once you are able to sucessfully do this, you will have made the most of your college experience.
You get out of it what you put into it. If you try to have fun, meet people, and get involved; it will happen.
Trust the kid's instinct. There certainly needs to be feasability with money and travel, but a student is better at choosing, and wiser than the parent thinks.
When looking for the right college, I highly recommend NOT sticking to schools that your friends are looking at or that you've heard are "cool" and the "party schools." I went outside the box and visited a college I hadn't even heard of until my senior year; it turned out to be the best fit in the world for me. You have to compare a lot of different things about schools, not just their price & if they have your major. Look at the area where the school is located, the activities available, their organizations and club teams, and you really need to visit the campus. Visiting a campus can totally change your opinion on a college, whether that's for the good or bad. As for making the most of your college experience, try to remember that it's a clean slate! Nobody (or at least almost nobody) will know who you are so you have the opportunity to make the impression that YOU want and you don't have to live with the high school labels anymore. Get involved in things you enjoy and don't be shy to meet new people, everyone else is scared too.
My advice for parents and students is to look for a college that fits who YOU are and where YOU want to go in life. Students, don't let anyone tell you which way you should go. Make up your own mind by doing a little research into different schools you are interested in so that you know what your getting into and so that you know which school is right for you. Where you decide to go could change your life and you'll probably be there for 4 or more years so make sure that the school you choose is what you truly want. Once you are there, enjoy it! It's going to be a bit scary at first but once you get settled it will be the best ride of your life and loads better than high school! Don't work so hard at academics that you forget about a social life and don't be afraid to try new things! Enjoy!
go on college visits, SHOP AROUND. Do try and make friends. Do room blind. Be open to meeting all different types of people -- who you choose to spend time with might surprise you.
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