Find 10 people that you want to be like when you are done with school. Ask them where they went to school, where they would choose to go today and why.
Taylor is totally worth the money. The professors are fun and engaging and the work load is just right for the classes.
Find an envoirnment and University that suits yourself (or your student) and make sure that it will help them excel in life.
Grades aren't everything. It's getting an education that's important. Make sue you pick a school that will give you a great education but also encourage you to make friends and be social. College drinking is a waste of time. Make sure your friends are people who you want to be around when you are sobber. The realtionships will be deeper and you will have much for fun.
Make sure that the professors in your designated area of study are professionals (masters or doctorate). Make sure you like the size of the school and the way the community is set up. Make sure that they have opportunities beyond on-campus activities i.e. studying abroad etc.
Try to pick a good school for your child. Its not about partying and wasting money! The future is something that many college students do not take seriously but should.
I would suggest visiting the campus and spending a night or two in the dorms. It provides you with more insight as to what the campus will actually be like than simply talking to the admissions office. Ask questions of anyone and everyone and don't feel shy. Make sure that you spend time wisely once you get into college. Studying is important but it's not everything. Grades are important but they aren't everything either. Learning is what's really important, so make sure that you are learning and don't worry about the grade so much. Also make sure that you spend plenty of time with friends as studying all day will kill you.
Make sure you know yourself and what you really believe before you decide to go to a religious school. It makes a huge difference in your college career. Pick a place where you want to go, not just where your parents want to go. Those are probably the biggest pieces of advice I can give from my own experience.
Finding the right college is a huge deal. However, finding the right college is also a very exciting and wonderful time of life. Decide what kind of person you are. What are your interests? What do you want to major in, or study? Are you looking for a religious school or secular one? Will you be participating in extra curricluar activities? These are some of the questions to ask when you are considering a college. Once you have found colleges you like, apply, then choose which one is the best for you personally. College years are known as the best years of your life. So making the most of the experience is important. Right from the start, make as many friends as possible. Meet and spend time with as many people you can your freshmen year. This will get you plugged into campus life and the community. This will ensure your happiness and love for the college you attend, which is the most important aspect, aside from education.
Think about what you want out of a college first, then search for it. But, be ready to make compremises. Don't forget about the end goal of who you want to be as a person when you graduate from the school.
The best thing prospective students can do in searching for a college is to start the search early. The student should spend time thinking about what he or she is looking for in a school and then visit several different schools to get a good feel for the environment and the campus community as well as the academic, social, and cultural opportunities. Starting early allows the student to visit many schools and have sufficient time to process his or her thoughts. It has been my experience that those who are least satisfied with their college choice were those who made hasty decisions and only visited one or two schools. Students who took time to visit and really think about their choices, starting early and doing the necessary research, are generally much happier with their college choice and consequently do much better in school because they know they are exactly where they want to be.
Start early! Ask questions, do some searching, think about who you are and what you want your college experience to be like. If you start early and invest some time in your college decision, your college experience will be truly rewarding!
Look into the residential life. I have learned more in the dorm from sweet conversations with upper classmen and interactions with my hall director then I have in my classes. My classes are great and very stimulating, but the community and Res Life has had way more of an influence in shaping me then my classes. When you look at colleges, spend atleast a night in the dorm. Try and get a feel for the community. Observe how you're treated. Do people take a genuine interest in who you are and what you're into? College is so much more then the academics. Academics are important, but relationships with people are more important and carry more weight in shaping who you are. Make an educated decision, but when it comes down to it, go with the college that will invest in you as a whole person focusing on your mental, physical, and spiritual components. Look for a place that has an environment that encourages community and stimulates relationships. The most important thing you can gain from the college experience is life long friendships with people who care about you. Look for a place that puts emphasis on relationships.
I would strongly recommend that you make at least one visit to whatever school you are considering. In terms of making the most out of your experience, I would just say to try and get involved with a variety of groups in your first semester, and then narrow your involvement when you discover what your passions really are. Don't just lock yourself in a dorm and do schoolwork! Get out there and interact with different people and ideas.
I would encourage prospective students to pick a few colleges and go visit them. Talk to the student recruiting office and see if you can stay with a student for a night or two to see what campus life is really like. If you are looking for a college that lines up with your beliefs, ask any student there what the college stands for. If they do not know, then you should probably look elsewhere. In any case, talk to random students that you meet when you visit. Notice how they react when a random person comes up to them, and you can get a good feel for the overall campus atmosphere. Ask them what they think about the college and if they'd go to the college again if given the chance to do it over. Overall, talking to students at a college is the best way to honestly learn more about the college.
I found a college visit very helpful, especially staying the night in a dorm. Don't waste your time partying in school. Seek out good friendships and relationships, work hard, and stay on track.
If you feel like you fit in with the students and feel a sense of community (not only between the students, but between the students and proferssors as well), then I would run with. It will be worth it, no matter how much it costs or how far away from home you will be. I know I am glad I came to Taylor and I came for those very reasons.
College, especially to a frosh, can be overwelming... in your excitment, don't forget to study.
My advice to a new student trying to find the right college for them is to do your research. Make a list of things that you want in a college. Then when you go and visit your different options, mark down what criterias on your list that college meets. No college is perfect and will meet all of them, but there will be a college out there for you that meets most of the things on your list. Go where you feel connected and where it feels right. Consider your options and make a plan. Also, remember that all colleges are expensive, but don't let money be your only factor in where you go. If you know where you want to go and are supposed to be there, then everything will work out. Have faith and believe in your decisions, be confident and decisive.
Don't get caught up in activities that will hold you back. Do what you love. Find a real group of friends who loves and accepts you for who you are. It sounds cliche, but college is a time to prepare for complete independence. Make the most of it.
be sure you want to spen 120,000 dollars to go to a good school
Ask the students of the college what the college is like, not the people giving tours, they will give an unbiased opion instead of just college propaganda.
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