Attention High School Juniors: If you’re not leaving the country for Spring Break, you are likely to be within a few miles of a college campus or two. That is good news since junior year Spring Break may be the best time to get a few college visits in. Let’s take a look at three reasons why:
- Atmosphere – Sure you can visit campuses during the summer after your junior year, but if you do, there will be precious few students there. If you go during Spring Break, which is almost always at a different time than the college break, you will get to see the campus when it is full of students doing what they do on a typical day. Visiting the dorms, student activity centers, library and athletic facilities has a very different feel when there are real students running around.
- Motivational tool – Perhaps the best way for a high school student to be motivated is to have a clear idea of what she is working toward. Seeing a dynamic, bustling campus that could be home away from home for the next 4 years could be a great motivation for finishing high school strong.
- High School Seniors are busy – Many students will have a summer job after junior year, and most students become too busy to do visits during senior year, or find that it is too late with application deadlines rapidly approaching. Getting visits done in junior year can take away a lot of the stress.
In summary, junior year break is a great time to see different campuses. By getting an early start you can build a list of what you’re looking for in a campus, even if you don’t end up having an interest in the schools that you do visit.
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If you’re a high school senior who is planning to go to college, you are already up to your neck in the application process. If you are one of the fortunate ones, you may already have received good news regarding early admission.
If you are a sophomore or junior, the application process, starting with deciding where to apply, has probably not even started. The next few weeks could come in very handy to get you ahead of the game.
During the holiday break, whether you stay home or go away to visit relatives, there are bound to be a handful of colleges within a short driving distance. Do yourself and your future a favor and go visit a couple of them. It doesn’t even matter if the campus is closed or that it is not an “official” visit. In fact, that may be better. The guided tour and orientation that you would get in an official visit will include carefully packaged information that the college wants you to hear. With an informal walk through, you can let your instincts be your guide.
Make notes about what you like and don’t like about each school that you visit. Does the school look and feel too big or small? Too urban or too rural? Can you walk or would you need a car? If you don’t plan on having a car, is public transportation readily available? Is there shopping nearby? Does it look safe? Too staid? Can you imagine yourself living here for the next four years?
Getting an idea of how a school’s environment fits your personality before you apply, rather than building a short list strictly based on academic or other credentials, can put you ahead of the game in terms of making good decisions about which colleges you will target. Get out there and take a look.
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