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I think that it is really important to pay attention to your gut feeling about the school. Logistics such as academics, mone...
I think that it is really important to pay attention to your gut feeling about the school. Logistics such as academics, money, and location are important. However, I think people do not give enough credit for their instinctual feelings about a school. It is very difficult for me to explain to people why I chose Wooster because I just had a good feeling about it. Sometimes it is as simple as that. In terms of making the most of the college experience, do not be afraid to take risks and try new things. College is the optimal time for exploration and we will never really get a chance like this again. Be sure to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. You will be grateful for it later, whether it ended up going poorly or being the best decision of your life. Any experience is a learning experience.
Lack of diversity. It's very diverse for a small school, but still a little lacking in the area. About half the students are from Ohio. I really value diversity.
The abundance of drinking (but it's no more than any other campus)
Pick a college with a variety of opportunities. You don't know what you'll be like in 4 years, so pick a place where you can ...
Pick a college with a variety of opportunities. You don't know what you'll be like in 4 years, so pick a place where you can explore a huge array of options, even after choosing your major. But don't give up excellence in exchange for variety. A wide selection of poor options is much worse than a limited selection of good options. Don't resign yourself to mediocrity! P.S. Enter extension 5794 after my phone number to connect to my room phone and voicemail. (your form won't let me type that in up there)
Those who need big cities, a large variety of restaurants or bars, and significant social involvement outside the school might not feel comfortable at Wooster. Some students who need contact with the great outdoors may also feel constrained here. There are no mountains on the horizon; students from the western states may have trouble with this. The "mountains" of West Virginia and Kentucky aren't the same as those in Oregon, Idaho and Montana.
It is maddeningly difficult to get students to commit to extracurricular activities. Freshmen and Sophomores have the time, but not the time management skills to set aside time. Juniors and Seniors know how to manage their time, but have less of it. I believe many students are simply too busy to get involved outside of class -- the idea of taking on more responsibilities, rather than relaxing after a day of studying, is too much. This makes volunteer and other organizing extremely difficult.
Don't apply to too many schools; just pick five at most that are really attractive to you. If you aren't sure you can get int...
Don't apply to too many schools; just pick five at most that are really attractive to you. If you aren't sure you can get into the schools you want, pick one really safe school where you could still see yourself enjoying college. Size, location, and programs of study should be the initial criteria for narrowing down your list, but after that the extracurricular activities, general character of the student body, and interaction with professors should help you decide where to actually apply. Be sure to visit campus and stay overnight if possible to meet actual students and professors. Where you feel comfortable will be the best choice.
Laid-back, academically enthusiastic person who wants to learn and interact closely with professors and other students.
Someone who just wants a degree without much work.
Pick a college based on the community it offers. Small school vs. large school. Big city vs. small town, and also consider ac...
Pick a college based on the community it offers. Small school vs. large school. Big city vs. small town, and also consider academics.
The career placement after college. No one has heard of it.
Someone who thrives in a large community with large classrooms and a large student body.
My classmates are smart, hard working, friendly, and curteous.
My classmates are smart, hard working, friendly, and curteous.
I think one of the most imortant qualities of a school to consider it its size. Having a 15-person class would be a wildly different experience than having a 100-person class. Another aspect that I find highly important and beneficial is the availablility of college professors. My professors are pretty much always available, and it has had a hugely positive effect in my life. The size of your college could make or break you, so consider carefully what would best suit your learning style. The only other crucial advice I'd want someone to know: be completely open-minded about the people you make your friends. I have friends now from all over the world with all different lifestyles, humors, and tastes. Many of them I hadn't liked to begin with, or wouldn't have met unless I hadn't joined the program I'm in. Many of them are not the kind of person I usually would hang out with in highschool. I'm so glad that I eventually kept an open mind, because I couldn't imagine college without any of these people.
That it was writing-intensive.
Let them do their own thing. Let them go where they want. Be there during the whole application process - take them to visit ...
Let them do their own thing. Let them go where they want. Be there during the whole application process - take them to visit schools, help with essays, explain paperwork, give advice when asked, but let them make the decisions. Let them study what they want - don't mess with their course choices. And above all, realize that when your child goes to College, he or she becomes an adult. The rules change. Your relationship changes. When they come home, treat them as adults. Think about how you would expect your parents to treat you if you went to visit, and treat your kid the same. Expect that they will have changed. But always be ready to welcome them. Shit happens - and home might be the one place they need to turn to. Make sure it's still there, and that it's still home.
It's academic standing
Its isolation and distance from big cities
There is no way to describe a typical student. Most schools can describe a typical student, but Wooster has so many different...
There is no way to describe a typical student. Most schools can describe a typical student, but Wooster has so many different types of people and professors, that it can't be captured in a mere description. It has to be experienced.
A piece of paper can never tell you that a school is right for you, you have to go and visit. You can feel a school when you get there, and you sometimes just know. Sometimes you have to stay the night, visit some classes, talk to students and professors, but those are things you really should do, and you can't do it without visiting. Do not let a brochure and a smiling face decide your life. Schools are not always wht their brochures say they are. Only you know if a school is right for you, and to know that, you have to experience the school. No one else's experience will match your own.
The professors. They are always so willing to help you and reach out to you. They really do care. I've been to my professor's house, and the president of the college's house. We've had academic discussions and pointless banter. You never feel inferior or left out. They are people and they want you to know that and they want you to feel like a person too.
Wooster combines people that are really driven but still like to have fun. People are driven but not overy competitive. Every...
Wooster combines people that are really driven but still like to have fun. People are driven but not overy competitive. Everyone is willing to help everyone else. It's a great academic atmosphere! People really love Wooster and usually come back to visit even after graduation.
Go to different campuses and get the vibe from each. You will know which one is right for you/your child. Also make sure to go to classes and talk to professors in the fields you/your child is interested in.
The people make Wooster the best school for undergrad. You make friends for life and the professors are excellent!
All kinds: braniacs who exceled at everything, superficial/fashionable girls, musicians, hippies, hipsters, zombies, horse gi...
All kinds: braniacs who exceled at everything, superficial/fashionable girls, musicians, hippies, hipsters, zombies, horse girls, jugglers, free-thinkers, sluts and lovers, W.O.W./cape kids, stoners who slacked off, stoners who actually added a lot to your classes, rugged ultimate-frisbee types, jocks you wished would get kicked out, intelligent cheerleaders, rock-climbers, artists, dreamers, international kids with crazy music tastes, frat boys, sorrority girls, coffee shop types, poor kids, rich kids, career-oriented people who wanted to get ahead, lazy kids who went to college without much thought...
Because it's all-residential, Wooster is a place to make incredibly strong friendships. I never felt like I fit in in anywhere so well. Independent Study offers students the chance to do serious research on whatever you're most passionate about. The College assists students in this research by grants (that paid for my friends to travel to China, Cyprus, South Africa, UK...) and weekly, hour-long meetings with your adviser focused on your resarch, writing, methods, and goals. We have a beautiful campus, a good mix of people, and lots of things to get involved in.
Make sure you're RIGHT for college. Lots of people go because they are expected to, just because they can afford to so why not, or because they think it would be fun, and those people are a drag on the community of learners that is there for the right reasons. If you want education for education's sake, go with liberal arts, no matter the cost. You WILL get good job offers, (even with my majors, English and philosophy, I was offered every job I applied for, and we're talking political jobs to outdoorsy jobs to jobs in the oil and gas industry.) If you aren't thinking about education, just the opportunity to get 'real jobs,' and aren't the kind of person who does the reading and participates in class discussion, go to a big, cheap state school. Take advantage of every opportunity in college---studying abroad, internships, research grants, clubs, teams, and organizations, and definitely try new activities. I learned so much from studying abroad, things that you can't learn in a classroom in the US. My friends got to go all over the world to research, all on the school's bill!
Make sure it is someplace that you could see yourself four years from now. AS well as push current students to tell you the ...
Make sure it is someplace that you could see yourself four years from now. AS well as push current students to tell you the negative things about the school so you are not suprised when you arive on campus!!
The best thing about this school is this the community. No matter what your walk in life is you will find a place and friends.
Anyone. There is a group of people for anyone!!!
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