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Be honest with yourself about what kind of college experience you're looking for. Do you want to personally know your profes...
Be honest with yourself about what kind of college experience you're looking for. Do you want to personally know your professors? Do you want to sit in large lecture classes? Are you looking for a very competetive environment or would you prefer a school that has a really active social scene? If you can answer these questions you'll be able to really narrow which schools might be right for you. Also consider whether you want to go home a lot on the weekends-- this might determine how far from home you decide to go. Whatever you decide, realize that you can always transfer schools if you're unhappy with what you've initially chosen. But before you make any kind of decision to transfer make sure you're giving it your best shot. The first semester is inevitably hard and it will be an adjustment. Everyone is in the same boat though and most schools do their best to help you adapt to your new environment.
Southwestern is a very intimate environment. You will end up knowing just about everyone on campus even if you only pass them on your way to class. This is a very close group of students, professors and faculty. If you don't want to know everyone you go to school with, this is not the school for you.
Southwestern University is the best environment for students who want to work hard and play hard. Its close enough to Austin that if you want to party hard on the weekends you can go to clubs there or you can stay on campus and party at the fraternities, but Southwestern has plenty of people who aren't big drinkers or partiers. There are lots of movie nights, comedians, small concerts, guest speakers and lecturers and fine arts events on campus that you don't need to worry about your social life here. Just be ready to study hard regardless.
They were driven and diverse .
They were driven and diverse .
The size and the academic focus.
go to an overnight visit and ask lots of questions.
To parents and students looking for advice on finding the right match and making the most of the entire college experience, I...
To parents and students looking for advice on finding the right match and making the most of the entire college experience, I would say: research until your eyes roll into the back of your head, ask questions until people are sick of it, and visit as many campuses as possible. Don't hesitate to go to school far away from home- I often think that I would have been much happier had I left Texas and gone somewhere more liberal and diverse. Students- make note of what you are looking for in a school, what you hope to get out of it, the kind of milieu that gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling. Then pick the school you feel best represents that. Heck, go with your gut and take some chances.
Anyone who really likes to party and doesn't care alot about learning and isn't passionate about what they're studying.
The academics and the amazing professors
A close tight knit community.
A close tight knit community.
I enjoy the small classes and how the school feels like a community. Professors are easily accessible and accomadating.
I feel it is very important to visit the campus of the prospective college that you wish to attend. I believe that the school has to feel right for you. Can you see yourself spending the four best years of your life there? If not then reconsider your choice. Also do not let athletics decide or limit your college search. Athletics is often important for prospective students, but like the NCAA comercials say, "The majority of these athletes will be going pro in something other than sports." Pick a school that will allow you to truly find yourself, and find what it is that you are passionate about. Do not pick a school because your friends go there, college is about having new experiences and sometimes it can be uncomfortable. Without adversity growth is not possible, and that is what college is about. Personal growth and getting prepared to live your live, wherever it may take you.
Find a campus where you know you'll get the most out of the experience personally. It's not important how good the sports tea...
Find a campus where you know you'll get the most out of the experience personally. It's not important how good the sports teams are or whether it's considered ivy league. The most important thing about a college is finding a place where you're comfortable with your surroundings and the people on campus. Parents, encourage your kids to take a wide variety of classes their first year so they can decide what they're interested in pursuing. Students, subject in college is never taught the same way it was in high school, so take at least one class from a field you weren't into in high school just to see how things have changed.
I wish I had known that it's not too important to know what you're going to major in right away and that it's okay to take some time to figure it out. That knowledge would have saved me a lot of stress my freshman year.
The opportunity to connect with professors and really dive into the material in class discussions is what I appreciated the most. Having a smaller campus really allowed that to happen. It made the school feel more like a community where you knew most of the people there.
Choosing the right college is about knowing what makes you happy. If continuing a family legacy is what makes you happy; if a...
Choosing the right college is about knowing what makes you happy. If continuing a family legacy is what makes you happy; if attending the same school as your friends is what makes you happy; if taking the plunge by yourself is what makes you happy; if being in a small school or a large school in-state or out of state is what makes you happy, then that's what you should do. If the fit is wrong, it can take away from what should be your chance to discover who you're meant to be. You should take advatange of opportunities that are presented to you. Temptation to relax and slack off after high school can easily strike when parents are no longer watching your every move, but college is preparation for the future, and the things you learn are the foundations for what you will be making of your life when you graduate. Everything you learn is meant to enrich you, even if it doesn't seem like it when you're writing the ten-page paper. Don't forget to ask for help when you need it; life in an out of school can use support.
Someone who is academically serious but enjoys a small, devoted environment. No one is forced to volunteer, but someone who is interested in volunteer work can find a lot of support and opportunity at SU. Class sizes are small and professors are engaging, so people who like classroom intimacy will get a lot out of that, and even basic courses tend to have less than 30 students. The campus is absolutely gorgeous with large trees and limestone buildings, so even in a visual sense, there's something to be gained about people who want "the beautiful university environment."
People who want a big school where you get lost in the crowd and people who just want to party. Such students will end up unhappy because, while there are parties just as at any university, that's not at all the focus, and constantly partying could likely have an adverse affect on grades, which would put doubt on the students abaility to keep up with coursework. "Slipping by" isn't so easy, and attendence to class is mandatory, so students who plan to just show up for exams will be disappointed and suffer in the environment.
When you walk onto a campus the first thing to do is breath in deep. If you don't like the way it smells, leave. You need to ...
When you walk onto a campus the first thing to do is breath in deep. If you don't like the way it smells, leave. You need to be in a space where you can breathe in and it isn't a chore. After that test, go on the tours, ask all the questions, and then stick around for awhile. Walk into random buildings on your own, approach people to see how they respond. Make it a point to seek out potential interest groups and see how they might respond to you. Schedule to sit in on a class in the subject you feel passionate about- pay attention to the way students interact with their professor and the other way around. Talk to the financial aid office, the business office and any other offices the student may have to approach throughout the year. Make money the last reason why you choose a school. Money exists and is attainable wherever you may go, but the right education makes all the difference. Enough cookie fortune comments, pursue several universities and allow their acceptances or rejections to help you choose from those places the student enjoyed the most.
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So much interesting course work, but the professors can sometimes overload and the courses become races against time rather than a learning experience. Also, to much of the theoretical in Communications instead of practical learning.
An acedemically challanging istitution that doesn't get enough credit nationally, but still has many connections and encourag...
An acedemically challanging istitution that doesn't get enough credit nationally, but still has many connections and encourages students to have a good time.
Find a perfect fit for you, not for your best friend, not for your highschool sweetheart, but for you. Don't believe people who tell you that you can have small classes at a large campus or large parties at a small campus (without getting caught). If they tell you that professors at large schools really care about you, or that professors at small schools will let you get away with skipping, not doing work, etc. they have an experience that is an exception to the rule, and are lying to you. Apply thinking that wherever you end up is where you will stay, don't consider transfering as an option when applying (unless transfering within a school system to the main campus). Apply to dream schools and be willing to be suprised by how not "ideal" college ends up being. It is people who come in expecting to have a specific experience that are let down the most. People who come in with an open mind end up loving it. Also be willing change who you think you will be when you're in high school, it will ease your cognitive dissonance in the end.
56% women, 44%men.
small classes, oldest university in Texas
small classes, oldest university in Texas
Go visit the university and sit in on a class
above average learners
I picked the school I wanted to go to based on location, campus and the general feeling i got from the place. I was undecide...
I picked the school I wanted to go to based on location, campus and the general feeling i got from the place. I was undecided so obviously my major didn't come into play at all, but I can't imagine going to another school. Southwestern didn't end up having much in the way of what I needed (careerwise) because I chose a career in film which Southwestern didn't have. However, I learned plenty there that will stick with me forever and I learned it both in and out of the classroom. Also, work internships in college. There is nothing worse than getting an application for the company I work with now and the kid just graduated from college and hasn't worked a day in his or her life. Employers don't want you unless you have been proven in a professional environment (and on-campus jobs just don't do the trick).
The accesibilty of the professors. They all want to help and make sure you get everything you want out of their classes. If they think you don't want to get anything, then that's fine, but if you talk to them and make an effort, they will always help you.
Study. Just do it. Don't drink all the time. Pay attention to school work too and don't just slink by.
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