While online degrees abound, not everyone has given up the dream of a campus-based education.
For those still interested in leaving home to get their degree, half the battle of visiting a
college comes well in advance to ever setting foot on the campus. There is plenty you can do
when preparing for your college campus visit before you ever leave home. Depending on the proximity
of the campus to your home, you may only get one opportunity to take it all in and collect all the
on-site data needed to make a decision when it comes time to choose the location of your education.
Whether you are doing internet research to find out more about the college or university you are
interested in or making a list of items to pack or questions to ask once there, there are ways to
make your visit more effective. With proper planning, you can take some of the stress out of
visiting a college campus, enabling you better to focus on the big picture and make the most of your trip.
It can be a real time saver to pre-plan your activities ahead of arriving to campus.
This can include reviewing the layout of the campus and surrounding areas to have a general feel
for how to navigate the space with a minimal amount of confusion and lost time. You can make a list
of places or sites youíd like to visit while there and pre-plan a route to get you to the maximum
number of attractions with the least amount of difficulty. This can save you time, effort, money,
and helping you to get a better feel for the campus and university.
The internet can be a valuable resource in researching the campus you will be visiting
before you ever get there. You may be able to learn facts about the school, find a campus map,
view living arrangements, see pictures of the campus, and learn about available transportation
and routes to get where you want to go quickly. It can be a great idea to learn as much as you
can about the college or university by way of the internet. You may even discover ahead of
time that the school is not all you thought it was, thereby saving yourself the cost of a trip there.
Make a List
Donít you hate it when you have a question you want to ask, only to forget it when the time comes, and then
remember it again when the opportunity is gone? Well, you donít want to encounter such a situation when
you are on a campus tour or are meeting with a school representative. Therefore, make a list of questions,
concerns, and things you want to know well in advance to your arrival on campus and be sure to bring it with
you on your trip. Remember -- while you might be embarrassed or feel your questions are silly, itís better to
know the answers to such questions in advance to committing to a particular school than discover too late youíve
made a poor decision.
You want to be ready and comfortable during your campus tour so that you can focus your full attention on gathering
pertinent information regarding the school at which you may matriculate. I mean, come on, this is your college
education weíre talking about here! You donít want to miss out on relevant information by having to duck into
the campus bookstore or local drugstore to be loading up on items youíve left behind such as a camera, a pen
and notepad, backpack, etc. Also, consider the weather conditions, distance and geography youíll be traversing,
and consider packing good walking shoes, sunscreen, bottled water, a hat/visor, jacket, coat, gloves, and
similar items to improve the comfort of your visit.
Trust me, I know it can be difficult to listen to your parents at times, but I bet if you dig deep in your memory bank,
youíll find some very helpful information has come from them. If your parents are accompanying you on your trip, consider
utilizing them to help you maximize your time on campus. Give each of them a list of things you want them to watch for or
listen for on the tour so you can focus your attention on other information. Maybe have one of them watch for security
features on campus, how many university buses pass while you are walking, check for local or school eateries, gauge how
far dorms are from classes, and similar items of importance. Let them be in charge of taking pictures or each of you
take a camera so one person can catch something the others donít. This is your time to decide if the school is right
for you, but you canít be expected to capture every relevant bit of information on your own.
Disclaimer:This article is for informational purposes only. The author is not an educational professional or academic advisor.
Any action taken by the reader due to the information provided in this article is solely at the readerís discretion.