Some Questions You Didn’t Think to Ask on Your College Visit
College visiting and planning can be a stressful thing, the best way to make sure that you make the most out of your visits on campus is to ask questions. Faculty and students are there for you when you visit to provide all the information you need and to make sure you have a positive experience at their college. While taking tours, visits to presentations, booths, and information tents ask the right questions because it is the only surefire way to leave the school with all the knowledge and insight you need to make an informed decision. These questions are not always easy to ask, especially if you are surrounded by a hundred people and you don’t want to look like an idiot. However it is an essential survival skill, especially when you are just starting freshman year and you don’t know how to get to Sociology 101.
It’s really surprising the simple questions potential students just don’t ask because it never occurred to them. I heard of a friend asking how many teachers spoke English as their first language on a campus visit. Turned out that 40% of the faculty only spoke broken English. These are usually assistant professors that you will sadly find out teach the course more than the real teacher does. It’s like signing up for an awesome, nice, smart teacher just to find out that they don’t actually teach the course and that it is actually run by some Hindu guy whose accent is so heavy that you can’t hear a word he is saying. This is just one example of the many horror stories college students face just because they were too stubborn to not ask an easy question. Another important question is to ask if there is anything to do in the town or city the college is located in. Nothing could be worse than being stuck in a good college that is surrounded by absolutely nothing. It would be the most boring experience plus you would have to spend additional money going out to a place where there are things to do. Make sure that the college is located in a lively, fun town that could keep you entertained for the four years you are likely to be staying there. Laundry. Some colleges have a cleaning service in the school, others defer to a local laundromat. Check to see what the situation is like. You just might have to take your dirty underwear home to mommy on the weekends. That sounds fun. Which brings me to my next point. Ask how many students leave the campus for the weekends. The number may surprise you. Some kids can’t wait to leave their family and their desolate existence behind just to wind up crying from separation anxiety in the college guidance counselor’s office. If there are a lot of students coming home on the weekends you probably will too unless you want to be left completely alone for the final you promised you would study for.
A great website I stumbled upon recently called collegeprowler.com gives a simple, honest, and easy assessment of any college you are considering. It is made by students for students so you can trust the information on each evaluation. Each school’s page is broken up by a report card, an at-a-glance overview, and a brief summary. Everything from drug to safety to hooking up, this website will give you the whole scoop. The reviews are brutally honest and tell you absolutely everything you need to know. I would strongly recommend giving this website a look because you may find something you didn’t know and it just might help make your school decision a little easier.
Posted on July 30, 2011, in Random/Miscellaneous and tagged Ask an Expert, Campus, College, College Life, Colleges and Universities, Student, University and college admissions. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.