#CampusChat Transcript 08/18/10 – Open Mic

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August 18, 2010
12:27 pm collegevisit: Open mic tonight on #CampusChat! Starting topic: What makes a good campus visit experience? Share tips, likes/dislikes & ideas. 9PM ET
1:12 pm handshake20: RT @collegevisit Open mic tonight on #CampusChat! Starting topic: What makes a good #campusvisit experience? Share tips, etc. 9PM ET
2:56 pm welcome2college: RT @collegevisit: Open mic tonight on #CampusChat! Starting topic: What makes a good campus visit? Share tips, likes/dislikes & ideas 9PM ET
6:50 pm collegevisit: @teentraveltalk We’ll be talking about college visits on #CampusChat tonight at 9PM ET. Hope you can join us!
9:34 pm collegevisit: Hope you will join me for #CampusChat at 9PM ET. It’s open mic night kicking off talking about college visits. Bring your college topics!
9:35 pm Plans4College: RT @collegevisit: Hope you will join me for #CampusChat at 9PM ET. It’s open mic night kicking off talking about college visits. Bring your college topics!
9:46 pm EECollegePlan: RT @collegevisit: #CampusChat at 8PM CST. It’s open mic night kicking off talking about college visits. Bring your college topics!
10:50 pm butwait: RT @SmartCollegeVisit Hope you’ll join us 4 #CampusChat @ 9PM ET. Open mic night, talking re: coll visits. Bring yr #college topics!
 
August 19, 2010
collegevisit: 1 hr til #CampusChat! Starting topic: What makes a good campus visit experience? Share tips, likes/dislikes & ideas. 9PM ET
12:55 am collegevisit: 5 minutes til #Campuschat – hope you’ll join in! 9PM ET 8 C
12:59 am collegevisit: If you’re a regular on #CampusChat, would love to hear ideas for future topics/guests. Reply here or DM. Thanks anytime!
1:00 am akilbello: T-1 minute until campuschat.. kids are sleeping and the wife is out. let the chats begin!
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1:00 am collegevisit: Welcome to #CampusChat-Open forum on Topics on all things college: campus visits, admissions, college life. Every Wed 9PM ET #campuschat
1:01 am collegevisit: @akilbello Welcome. Honored you’d spend this time here! #campuschat
1:02 am akilbello: I wonder if @DespicableSB is on twitter and wants to join campuschat.. you can talk about your first week of college #campuschat
1:02 am akilbello: Glad to join! #campuschat
1:03 am Plans4College: @collegevisit Anything related to financial aid do’s and dont’s….Lesson Plans for helping with college essays #campuschat
1:05 am collegevisit: @Plans4College Open forum tonight, my 1st question is What are some things schools to make the visit a good one? #campuschat
1:06 am akilbello: @collegevisit keep visitors away from the lines at bursar, registrar, etc #campuschat
1:06 am jeannieborin: @plans4college good esssay tips: http://www.pathjoy.com/q/college-admission-essay-help-how-to-write-a-college-essay?a=2751943 #campuschat
1:07 am jeannieborin: @collegevisit – do the info tour but make time to tour on your own #campuschat
1:07 am collegevisit: @akilbello So visitors won’t see the lines or just to keep visits flowing? #campuschat
1:08 am collegevisit: Great advice! RT @jeannieborin: @collegevisit – do the info tour but make time to tour on your own #campuschat
1:08 am jeannieborin: @collegevisit talk to students, audit a class, eat lunch in the student union #campuschat
1:08 am collegevisit: What makes a campus “visitable?” #campuschat
1:08 am SkiManilow: @collegevisit We appreciated the gratis water bottles while touring in the hot summer weather. #campuschat
1:08 am akilbello: @collegevisit On tour you dont experience the most telling events of the college experience..enrollment #campuschat
1:09 am collegevisit: Very nice touch! RT @SkiManilow: @collegevisit We appreciated the gratis water bottles while touring in the hot summer weather. #campuschat
1:09 am akilbello: @SkiManilow lol.. so how many credit cards do you now have? #campuschat
1:09 am akilbello: I was always a sucker for free stuff.. give me anything free and I’ll sign up #campuschat
1:11 am collegevisit: Some schools give goodie bags to visitors, some string backpacks — are these good ideas/necessary?
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1:11 am SkiManilow: @akilbello I’m a parent and was serious. Nice touch when it’s 90 degrees and walking on a 2 hour tour. #campuschat
1:12 am SkiManilow: @collegevisit Son was given a backpack at JohnsHopkins. Nice, not necessary. Won’t sway to go there. Prob not good use of $. #campuschat
1:13 am collegevisit: Should admissions offices have a supply of umbrellas on hand or should by bring your own? #campuschat
1:13 am collegevisit: @SkiManilow …”backpack at JohnsHopkins. Nice, not necessary. Won’t sway to go there. Prob not good use of $. ” — Good point. #campuschat
1:14 am SkiManilow: @collegevisit definitely bring your own umbrella. Admissions shouldn’t have to supply. IMO #campuschat
1:14 am jeannieborin: don’t like the idea of gifts – winds up being college marketing – friendliness & great info is key #campuschat
1:14 am akilbello: @SkiManilow sorry.. your tweet just reminded me of my college days when a free water bottle or tshirt was all it took #campuschat
1:15 am akilbello: @collegevisit college visit shouldn’t be about the stuff you get on tour, they are benig nice to sell you, what happens l8tr #campuschat
1:15 am jeannieborin: on a campus visit check out nearby community and local media – #campuschat
1:15 am collegevisit: Agree. RT @jeannieborin: dont like the idea of gifts – winds up being college marketing – friendliness & great info is key #campuschat
1:15 am SkiManilow: @collegevisit Admissions could supply those cheap plastic umbrella bags (like some stores/theaters do) to contain drips inside. #campuschat
1:16 am collegevisit: Is it a bad thing if a visitor has to pay to park for a campus visit? #campuschat
1:16 am jeannieborin: students should have knowledge about the college before the visit – have ? prepared #campuschat
1:17 am akilbello: RT @jeannieborin: students should have knowledge about the college before the visit – have ? prepared #campuschat
1:17 am SkiManilow: @collegevisit Yes, I think it’s a bad thing for a prospective student to have to pay to park. Vouchers should be given. #campuschat
1:17 am jeannieborin: @collegevisit paying for pking is ok – you do at dr. office and just think of tuition – ouch! #campuschat
1:17 am SuzanneShaffer: @collegevisit I think they should at least provide free parking #campuschat
1:17 am collegevisit: Some schools have Q/A w/ student panels. Even tho these kids are hand-picked, is this worthwhile? #campuschat
1:18 am SkiManilow: @akilbello no prob #campuschat
1:18 am collegevisit: Has anyone been on a campus tour by tour bus or stretch golf cart? What did you think? #campuschat
1:18 am jeannieborin: Campus check list! http://www.unigo.com/articles/checklist%5E58_what_to_look_for_during_campus_visits/?taxonomyId=695812 #campuschat
1:19 am jeannieborin: arrived at many college tours by bus – but must get off and do the walking to get it right #campuschat
1:20 am SkiManilow: @collegevisit Absolutely, Q&A with student panels excellent, IMO. Of course, it depends on the students up front. Could be risk #campuschat
1:20 am jeannieborin: If you’re interested in certain academic dept. – make prior appt. & visit while on campus #campuschat
1:21 am butwait: I’ve always liked the stu panels… the conversations go off in unexpected (and often fruitful) directions. #campuschat
1:21 am Plans4College: At panels, if you ask a unique questions, students have no choice but to give their real thoughts/feelings. #campuschat
1:21 am collegevisit: Probably a good idea to do Q/A with stu panel, then ask same questions to students u meet on campus/not part of program. #campuschat
1:22 am collegevisit: @butwait Even tho panelists are super-enthusiastic about their school, they do have a fresh honesty when responding to questions #campuschat
1:23 am jeannieborin: @collegevisit good point – visitors need to know that colleges want you to apply so they show & tell the very best #campuschat
1:23 am SuzanneShaffer: RT @collegevisit: Probably a good idea to do Q/A with stu panel, then ask same questions to students u meet on campus #campuschat
1:24 am jeannieborin: Students are great on panels and conducting tours – often tell personal stories & walk backwards well #campuschat
1:24 am collegevisit: RT @jeannieborin: Students are great on panels and conducting tours – often tell personal stories & walk backwards well #campuschat
1:25 am jeannieborin: do go off on your own – visit a dorm and catch kids coming & going – invite yourself in to see the real mess #campuschat
1:25 am SuzanneShaffer: parents should make a visit to campus security office (apart from students) and ask about safety and plans in case of attack #campuschat
1:26 am SuzanneShaffer: by attack i mean in case of incidents like happened at va tech with gunman #campuschat
1:27 am jeannieborin: @suzanneshaffer ask if campus has centralized text system to warn students – #campuschat
1:28 am collegevisit: @SuzanneShaffer Always a good idea to ask about campus alert systems and how they work. #campuschat
1:29 am SuzanneShaffer: @jeannieborin exactly and ask for an overview of the plan #campuschat
1:29 am collegevisit: Campus security offices usually publish reports of crime stats on their web sites or in the campus newspaper. #campuschat
1:29 am jeannieborin: @suzanneshaffer students should be educated about security on their campuses at orientation #campuschat
1:31 am SuzanneShaffer: Yes they should RT @jeannieborin: @suzanneshaffer students should be educated about security on their campuses at orientation #campuschat
1:31 am collegevisit: @jeannieborin We know that students don’t read email. Texting is the way to reach them. #campuschat
1:31 am akilbello: @collegevisit parents should probably also search local paper for incidents that made the papers if concerned about security #campuschat
1:31 am Plans4College: @jeannieborin Yes, and reminded of such plans through test runs and reminders…not just once a year. #campuschat
1:32 am SuzanneShaffer: So true. RT @collegevisit: @jeannieborin We know that students dont read email. Texting is the way to reach them. #campuschat
1:32 am SuzanneShaffer: RT @akilbello parents should probably also search local paper for incidents that made the papers if concerned about security #campuschat
1:32 am collegevisit: Parents should follow the college’s news stream on Twitter for current campus info. #campuschat
1:33 am SuzanneShaffer: RT @collegevisit: Parents should follow the colleges news stream on Twitter for current campus info. #campuschat
1:34 am jeannieborin: RT @collegevisit: Parents should follow the college’s news stream on Twitter for current campus info. #campuschat
1:35 am jeannieborin: Know the geography of the area u r visiting-maximize time-don’t visit more than 2 colleges a day-time for tour & time on ur own #campuschat
1:36 am collegevisit: Should we continue w/this thread now moving into campus visits & safety or jump on a new topic? #campuschat
1:36 am jeannieborin: Sign in at the info tour – let the colleges know you are/were there! #campuschat
1:37 am akilbello: jump! #campuschat
1:37 am collegevisit: @jeannieborin I agree. I know some folks who have visited 3 in 1 day in the New England area, but that’s a lot to keep up with! #campuschat
1:38 am jeannieborin: get the name of your local college rep for that college #campuschat
1:38 am SuzanneShaffer: @collegevisit i say jump as well! #campuschat
1:39 am collegevisit: How about some quick move-in tips for those getting ready to go to college now! #campuschat
1:39 am jeannieborin: @collegevisit students can apply to colleges they don’t visit as well- they have 6 or so wks. to make decision – can visit then #campuschat
1:39 am jeannieborin: new topic time #campuschat
1:40 am collegevisit: @jeannieborin Absolutely! #campuschat
1:40 am jeannieborin: move in – know exact day & time dorms will open or ur boxes will be on street! #campuschat
1:41 am akilbello: RT @jeannieborin: @collegevisit students can apply 2 collgs they dont visit as well- they have 6 wks. to make decision and visit #campuschat
1:41 am collegevisit: Just moved my nephew into dorm. I’d forgotten how plain and small the rooms are until they get personalized. #campuschat
1:42 am akilbello: @jeannieborin and verify that the school has all your info.. my niece had and 8 hour check in cause of mix up at school #campuschat
1:42 am collegevisit: RT @jeannieborin: move in – know exact day & time dorms will open or ur boxes will be on street! #campuschat
1:43 am SuzanneShaffer: @collegevisit They are generic boring–and then they become sloppy messes in a few weeks πŸ™‚ #campuschat
1:43 am IvyEyesEditing: Hi old friends!!! Do these tips apply to adults too? HA Brentwood–>Hollywood impending Sep 1 move πŸ˜‰ #campuschat
1:43 am IvyEyesEditing: Sorry I’ve been absent, I’ve missed you all! Back to chat. #campuschat
1:43 am collegevisit: Also, don’t think that 2 hours is long enough to assemble loft, move in, unpack, etc. Everything takes longer than u think! #campuschat
1:44 am collegevisit: @IvyEyesEditing Welcome back! #campuschat
1:44 am IvyEyesEditing: RT @SuzanneShaffer: RT @collegevisit: Parents should follow the colleges news stream on Twitter for current campus info. #campuschat
1:44 am jeannieborin: @akilbello verify anything u can in advance! efficiency is key! #campuschat
1:45 am SuzanneShaffer: We missed you too! RT @IvyEyesEditing: Sorry Ive been absent, Ive missed you all! Back to chat. #campuschat
1:45 am SuzanneShaffer: Connect with your roommate BEFORE move-in day #campuschat
1:45 am collegevisit: Don’t forget: an extension cord, fan, shower shoes, laundry hamper, & supplies. #campuschat
1:46 am jeannieborin: know ur roomie – what they’re bringing – major communication prior to move in day! #campuschat
1:46 am collegevisit: Right! No one needs 2 TVs or microwaves. RT @SuzanneShaffer: Connect with your roommate BEFORE move-in day #campuschat
1:46 am jeannieborin: @ivyeyesediting – welcome! hard to make it in between students – I get it! #campuschat
1:47 am jeannieborin: Bed N’Bath has a great dorm move in list – no not marketing #campuschat
1:47 am collegevisit: Know when the seasons/temps change in case you need hat and jacket sooner than you would think. #campuschat
1:48 am collegevisit: RT @jeannieborin: Bed NBath has a great dorm move in list – no not marketing #campuschat
1:49 am collegevisit: Look for recycling areas for cardboard, plastics, etc. Many colleges recycle almost everything now! #campuschat
1:49 am jeannieborin: Most important now is for seniors to have their working college list and set an apply timeline #campuschat
1:50 am IvyEyesEditing: Save those B&B coupons too! Never expire–gotta love that πŸ˜‰ #campuschat
1:50 am akilbello: RT @jeannieborin: Most important now is for seniors to have their working college list and set an apply timeline #campuschat
1:50 am collegevisit: Checklist for SRs RT @jeannieborin: Most important now is for seniors to have their working college list & set an apply timeline #campuschat
1:51 am jeannieborin: If ur going to college you’re going shopping – be conservative – you can buy later & ur moving into a small space w/someone else #campuschat
1:51 am IvyEyesEditing: Agreed re working list! Perfect time to learn how to use Excel πŸ™‚ @jeannieborin #campuschat
1:51 am akilbello: Most important thing for juniors now is to have a college plan with sched for testing and applying and essay writing #campuschat
1:51 am SuzanneShaffer: You’re so right! RT @IvyEyesEditing: Save those B&B coupons too! Never expire–gotta love that πŸ˜‰ #campuschat
1:52 am IvyEyesEditing: Agreed. My roommate’s parents won the California lottery months after moving in. A flatscreen suddenly appeared. Ha! #campuschat
1:52 am jeannieborin: @ivyeyesediting agee – but any organizational method that works #campuschat
1:52 am SuzanneShaffer: RT @akilbello Most important thing for juniors now is to have a college plan with sched for testing and applying & essay writing #campuschat
1:52 am collegevisit: RT @akilbello: Most important thing for juniors now is to have college plan w/sched for testing and applying and essay writing #campuschat
1:53 am IvyEyesEditing: RT @SuzanneShaffer: RT @akilbello Most important thing for juniors now is to have a college plan with sched for testing and applying & essay writing #campuschat
1:53 am jeannieborin: Amazing to see the tech kids moving into dorms – anyone here use a typewriter? #campuschat
1:53 am SuzanneShaffer: preparation prevents panic–my motto for parents and students #campuschat
1:53 am SuzanneShaffer: @jeannieborin of course! typewriters used to be king! #campuschat
1:54 am akilbello: Most important thing for freshmen to do is do well academically and start career exploration #campuschat
1:54 am akilbello: RT @SuzanneShaffer: preparation prevents panic–my motto for parents and students #campuschat
1:54 am jeannieborin: @suzanneshaffer – I like that motto – but teenagers have their own timeclock #campuschat
1:54 am IvyEyesEditing: Totally! Watched #madmen the other night and guffawed “are you comf. w/ technology?” *lifts cloth to reveal green typewriter* #campuschat
1:55 am SuzanneShaffer: when my daughter first went to college her school was one of 1st requiring laptops for freshman–times have changed #campuschat
1:55 am campusbound: @akilbello: important thing for Jrs now is to have a plan Here is a plan http://www.campusbound.com/ApplicationCalendar.aspx #campuschat
1:55 am SuzanneShaffer: @IvyEyesEditing I did the same–hilarious! #campuschat
1:56 am jeannieborin: @ivyeyesediting LOVE Mad Men – #campuschat
1:56 am IvyEyesEditing: Indeed–Stanford med school students get ipads! #campuschat
1:56 am SkiManilow: @collegevisit I think my son got on that B&B list somehow. Got a $25 off $125 purchase coupon today. He’s a HS junior. My coupon #campuschat
1:56 am collegevisit: @jeannieborin a typewriter? Not sure teens know what that is. Did it make the Beloit Mindset list: http://bit.ly/bWbNsp #campuschat
1:57 am SuzanneShaffer: @SkiManilow awesome! they all add up! #campuschat
1:57 am AJBritten: @IvyEyesEditing All students at Seton Hill University get iPads too http://www.setonhill.edu/ #campuschat
1:57 am SuzanneShaffer: Sweet! RT @AJBritten: @IvyEyesEditing All students at Seton Hill University get iPads too http://www.setonhill.edu/ #campuschat
1:58 am collegevisit: Yes! RT @SuzanneShaffer: preparation prevents panic–my motto for parents and students #campuschat
1:58 am jeannieborin: did u say Beloit mindset – I just posted about this http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/2010.php #campuschat
1:58 am SkiManilow: @collegevisit That Beloit Mindset list was ridiculous. My 16 yr old knows typewriter, Beethoven…even Benny Hill. LOL #campuschat
1:58 am IvyEyesEditing: RT @SuzanneShaffer: Sweet! RT @AJBritten: @IvyEyesEditing All students at Seton Hill University get iPads too http://www.setonhill.edu/ #campuschat
1:59 am SkiManilow: @SuzanneShaffer Oh, yes, the coupon came addressed to him. It’s my coupon now πŸ™‚ Very easily spent. #campuschat
1:59 am collegevisit: How surprising – iPad so new and already part of college necessity/given to students by colleges! #campuschat
1:59 am collegevisit: @SkiManilow πŸ™‚ #campuschat
1:59 am Plans4College: RT @collegevisit: Yes! RT @SuzanneShaffer: preparation prevents panic–my motto for parents and students #campuschat
2:00 am SkiManilow: @jeannieborin Thank you! I hadn’t see the entire question list. (Beloit Mindset) #campuschat
2:00 am SuzanneShaffer: @collegevisit it is rather surprising–a few years ago it was iphones and itouch #campuschat
2:00 am IvyEyesEditing: Must admit, I am struck by megalomania when I hold an IPAD @collegevisit #campuschat
2:01 am campusbound: RT @collegevisit: How surprising – iPad so new and already part of college necessity – is it a necessity – or – just a cool perk #campuschat
2:01 am jeannieborin: @skimanilow – ur welcome – really enjoy their yearly lists #campuschat
2:02 am collegevisit: You folks rock #CampusChat! Next week, our very own @akilbello will co-host! Thanks for the great advice for students & parents! #campuschat
2:04 am SkiManilow: @collegevisit Lots of “have never” and “has always” on the Beloit list. Thought students knew always&never r words to be wary of #campuschat
2:04 am campusbound: RT @collegevisit: You folks rock #CampusChat! Next week, our very own @akilbello will co-host! Thanks for hosting! #campuschat
2:05 am akilbello: Next week I’ll have to use my mac, so that it dont crash like this crappy PC #campuschat
2:05 am IvyEyesEditing: Thanks folks! Looking forward to chatting w/ @akilbellow #campuschat
2:05 am SuzanneShaffer: Awesome! can’t wait RT @collegevisit: You folks rock #CampusChat! Next week, our very own @akilbello will co-host! #campuschat
2:05 am akilbello: Advice to college kids.. get a Mac! #campuschat
2:05 am SkiManilow: @collegevisit Thanks all. Always interesting and spirited advice. Appreciate the conversation. #campuschat
2:06 am SuzanneShaffer: Best advice ever!RT @akilbello: Advice to college kids.. get a Mac! #campuschat
2:06 am collegevisit: @AJBritten You bet! #campuschat
2:06 am campusbound: RT @akilbello: Advice to college kids.. get a Mac! Girlfriend’s son got a Mac – they gave him a 16 gig IPOD as a perk! #campuschat
2:07 am jeannieborin: @collegevisit thanks for hosting – see you next time! #campuschat
2:07 am TauhidChappell: @akilbello Agreed! Unless you’re an engineer and your college requires you to get a specific laptop like they do here at Tech. #campuschat
2:07 am akilbello: See you all next week. #campuschat
2:07 am collegevisit: @jeannieborin Looking forward to it! #campuschat
2:14 am MBALatina: @akilbello College kids-get a mac with free ipod then sell ipod on ebay and buy textbooks! #campuschat tweeted from my mac
2:15 am collegevisit: RT @MBALatina: @akilbello College kids-get a mac with free ipod then sell ipod on ebay and buy textbooks! #campuschat
2:19 am CollegeBoundNet: @collegevisit Sorry we missed #CampusChat tonight. Will def try to catch next week. @akilbello will be awesome, I’m sure! πŸ™‚
2:22 am akilbello: i Luv this! RT @MBALatina: College kids-get a mac with free ipod then sell ipod on ebay and buy textbooks! #campuschat tweeted from my mac
3:08 am jjhoster: Agreed. RT @collegevisit: Probably a good idea to do Q/A with stu panel, then ask same questions to students u meet on campus #campuschat
3:22 am jjhoster: RT @AJBritten: @IvyEyesEditing All students at Seton Hill University get iPads http://www.setonhill.edu/ #campuschat @rotolo @KellyLux
3:51 am EECollegePlan: @collegevisit Sorry I had to miss #CampusChat tonight. Had a meeting. By the looks of my feed, great convo! Look forward to the transcript!

Author: Z. Kelly Queijo

Kelly is founder of Smart College Visit and Smart College Consulting. When she's not creating content for the blog or clients, tweeting, or hosting #CampusChat, she's planning her next mobile move.

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