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Many parents choose a school that is affordable or that maybe is close to home, but the connection between the student and ca...
Many parents choose a school that is affordable or that maybe is close to home, but the connection between the student and campus does not form. If the intelligence level is there, but the finances are not, sometimes families will simply "settle" and go to a small community college. For me, when I walked on campus, I simply knew right then and there that this is where I wanted to be and get my education. The cost became an issue afterwards, and was dealt with appropriately with grants, scholarships, and any loans that needed to be taken out. If the drive is there, a student will feel it. Parents should sit down with their children and find out what they really want out of their college experience, whether it be a strong focus on the hard sciences and research or if they want to get a good education and have some sort of social life. Then, narrow down your choices from there to schools that fit into what they would like, and then visit the colleges. If the connection is there, parents: your kids will feel it. Students: you will know what I mean.
Someone who will be able to take a heavy class load, who knows what direction they want to take with whatever major they choose, and someone who is very goal driven. Slackers will fall behind quickly and not be able to catch up once that has happened.
The school is so small and everybody knows everyone else through other people, so rumors spread around campus that are not always true but it gets to people so quickly and they are likely to believe it. Also, some of the staff and counselors on campus do a poor job of helping students through my experience, and some of the upper level faculty are not the most sociable or approachable people.
Wooster is filled with opportunities that are available to those who seek them out.
Wooster is filled with opportunities that are available to those who seek them out.
The easy part is narrowing down the schools that fit your academic desires. Look for lots of opportunities for extracurriculars, culture, travel or whatever interests you. The more difficult part is finding the right fit. You won't know if the school is the right fit until you get there, are enrolled, and are living the life as a student at that college. You may not even be sure after the first year since the first year is often a tough adjustment. Be sure to take advantage of what the school has to offer. You really have to explore. Make sure to find an academic advisor that is not only supportive, but gives good advice and points you in the right direction. Even if you end up somewhere that is not quite what you expected or is less than ideal, I truely believe you can make it work with great friends and by insisting on attaining your dreams.
Wooster is not "cliquey" since it is so small. This is what I really like about the smallness of it. You see people you know everyday, everywhere you go, which can get old but it is also nice to have a great variety of friends. Also the number of international students at Wooster.
Visit! Visit! Visit! The only way to know if a College is for you is to go there, and get the feel for it. Talk to as many s...
Visit! Visit! Visit! The only way to know if a College is for you is to go there, and get the feel for it. Talk to as many students as you can, and not just the ones the Admissions people find for you. You want to get it from the horse's mouth. Identify the things you care about before you start looking, but don't close your mind to factors you might not have considered. The cost of a college is what you pay after scholarships, so get figures on average financial aid and take that into account. That said, you get what you pay for, so if you think you're getting a great education and you can afford it, it's worth the extra expense. Finally, as Loren Pope says in "Colleges that change lives" (an indispensible book, by the way), "Judging a College by the quality of the students it accepts is like judging a hospital by the health of the patients it admits. It's what goes on inside that really counts." (paraphrased)
I'm not really frustrated by my school much, and the things that did bother me the school has been gradually taking care of. I guess the most frustrating thing is how infrequently certain classes are offered, and how limiting that is to planning one's academic career. That said, the school is as accomodating as possible when these problems come up.
The Independent Study program, which is basically where you have to write a thesis your senior year. In preparation for this ...
The Independent Study program, which is basically where you have to write a thesis your senior year. In preparation for this project, the academic focus is strongly on independent thought, theorizing, and writing.
First there are the basics: consider size, location, and how much it costs to attend. The size of the student population is an important factor to take into account - don't go to a large school if you know you'll be swamped and lost, and don't go to a small school if you'll be suffocated. However, beyond these obvious factors, the most important one to me was the religious affiliation of the school. IF, and only if, religion is an important part of a student's life, then it's a good idea to attend a school within the denomination. However, if religion is not important, this doesn't much matter.
There are tons of extracurricular opportunities, so it's really easy to get involved and meet people.
I would look at as many schools as possible, because the one that fits could always be better than the last one. Start early ...
I would look at as many schools as possible, because the one that fits could always be better than the last one. Start early and keep looking until the last minute. The student should apply to schools that they have heard of before and ones they feel they will do their best at. Parents should always be supportive of their childs decisions and offer advice and not criticism. Just remember to relax and have fun at school, it is not the end of the world if you dont get straight As
It is too small and in the middle of nowhere. It is too small because it has 1,200 students and whatever happens on campus gets spread through word of mouth very easily.
Someone who wants to have fun, but realize they have to put academics first.
There are absolutely not enough questions you can ask of the tour guides, the administration, professors. Do more than settl...
There are absolutely not enough questions you can ask of the tour guides, the administration, professors. Do more than settle on one school. Most schools offer more than one hour tours as well. Schools typically offer overnight stays for prospective students. I know it can be really daunting and nerve-wrecking as a high school student and parent to go on one of these, but it's absolutely imperative that the students do. You cannot really learn what college life is like unless you live in it for a while. Actual college students are interviewed and serve a post as prospective overnight hosts to your children, and you should capitalize on these opportunities, so that you won't have to talk about an expensive transfer midway into freshman or sophomore semester because "Billy/ Susie" are disastisfied with the lack of social life at College X. Something He/She could've discovered on an overnight trip.
A very politically liberal minded person who doesn't want any other job besides joining the peace corps after college. Someone who can find or create all of there own career or internship opportunities while writing a 150 page research thesis, because the college will surely not be able to find employment for the graduating senior. Also, a student who knows exactly what they want to major in, because he/ she will receive no guidance as to what major suits his/ her likes/dislikes the best.
The amount of extra-curricular activities available, and the natural beauty of the campus
In order to find the right school, beginning the search process early, but not too early is probably the most helpful tool. P...
In order to find the right school, beginning the search process early, but not too early is probably the most helpful tool. Parents are so excited about the search process, but students, honestly, are usually not. If they are pushed too hard to even visit, then the experience will not be as beneficial as it could be. Once you start narrowing down schools, it is important to not only look at the academics and social life, but also just the environment you are in. If you apply and get into a school in rural Ohio that is great academically, but you hate cows, it is going to be a rough 4 years. If you apply to a school in downtown Chicago, and can't stand traffic, it is going to be a rough 4 years. You can make it, but it would be hard! Once at school, take time to meet people. You will meet people you immediately click with, and some that you can't stand. It takes time, but developing relationships is one of the keys to making it through school. Find people with your own interests, they are all looking for friends too! Good Luck!
I wish I had known a little bit more about the social life on the weekend, so then when I came to campus it would have been easier to navigate. When you come for orientation, they show you students gathering for different "fun" activities and that doesn't happen all the time.
Anyone who is not academically motivated should not attend Wooster. It is a very strong academic environment, very research oriented, and you will be writing a lot of papers. If you aren't prepared or ready to do that, then you shouldn't attend.
My classmates tended to be encouraging of new ideas, ready for a challenge (though we'll complain about the work), intelligen...
My classmates tended to be encouraging of new ideas, ready for a challenge (though we'll complain about the work), intelligent, and usually engaged.
Find something you truely love doing and find a way to make a living out of it! Keep your options open and do your research. (Large/small school? City or rural? Financial aid? Career guidance? Location?) It's worth the work! And most of all, enjoy your experience!
The independent study is incredibly difficult but it will define a large part of your college experience. It's worth every sleepless night spent at the computer or library.
Look to your high school experience to understand what is the right fit for your college education. For me, the social eleme...
Look to your high school experience to understand what is the right fit for your college education. For me, the social element was the most important to me because I wanted to feel at home once I left everything I had ever known. I went to a small magnet high school in the city, so I thought maybe the city atmosphere was ideal. I applied and was accepted by a state school in a city. However, it was not for me. I did not like the anonymity, and therefor I was not very connected to the people or campus. My sophomore year, I transfered to a small liberal arts school where I could recognize and have great relationships with very many people, and today, I could not be more happy. Think critically about all prospective schools, and give each a chance. But just know that if you don't like the school's atmosphere, it will be hard to be your best academically, to be the best version of yourself, and to focus on your bright future.
Social diversity is the best thing about my school. Wooster is a small liberal arts with a large range of academics, professors, activities, staff, and students. The social diversity makes students and professors very open to ideas, and our curiousity makes us want to learn more about those different ideas far outside of the classroom. I have learned so much from outside of the classroom by continuing class discussion after it ended with the professors or other students. After learning the subject, I can discuss how to make it more practical in the real world with my friends and peers.
A friendly academic who loves to learn in and outside the classroom through peers, meetings with professors, organized activities, and school-provided opportunities should attend this school. They should be creative and open learners and trust that the liberal arts education will make them a well-rounded person ready for whichever career they choose. Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and each person should be ready to learn from one another during their four years here. Usually, those persons have a sucessful college career here with long-lasting, learning relationships.
Look carefully and survey many options
Look carefully and survey many options
Perhaps too small
Someone who wants a huge campus with tons of people and very relaxed courses
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