Choosing A Dorm – What to Look For
Feb05

Choosing A Dorm – What to Look For

Once you’ve made the decision to live on campus, you still have to decide on a dorm. Even though the dorms are all on the same college campus, it’s possible they can be very different from each other.

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Gap Year: Should those words strike fear in your heart?
Jan30

Gap Year: Should those words strike fear in your heart?

Several Ivy League colleges, like Harvard and Princeton, encourage a gap year and in return they gain students who are more focused and are more likely to complete their college education within 5 years.

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Choosing a College is a lot like Choosing a Favorite Firework

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Western Michigan University – A College Visit Story
Apr20

Western Michigan University – A College Visit Story

A new installment in our Parent-to-Parent series The idea of college and our first college visit seemed to be a bit more exciting to me than it did to my sleepy high school junior as we set off at 5am for the three and one-half hour drive to Kalamazoo, Michigan and Western Michigan University (WMU).  Having a friend along seemed to perk him up and having another mom on the long drive was great for me.   The program we signed up for was for high school juniors and their parents to check out the university and delve deeper into the college decision process.   As soon as we parked and started towards the building where we had been instructed to register, we were greeted by smiling faces of current students as well as staff members.  My very first impression of WMU was one of positive students, and lots of them. During the first 90 minutes of our program, we listened to 11 different speakers.  These included admissions reps, the president of the university, a current professor, the director of parent and family programs, a rep promoting the city of Kalamazoo, and several student speakers.   My son's favorite parts of the program were the student speakers. He liked hearing why they chose WMU and also why they stayed. I loved listening to the students also, but there were other things about the presentation really made an impression on me. The first was WMU's president, Mr. John Dunn.  He spoke from his heart, stressed how his university helps develop students in several different ways. And then  the best part: he gave us his email address and told us that he personally answers all his emails and loves to hear from parents and students. His sincerity truly touched me. I also appreciated the director of parent and family programs who said, "We want you to PLAN, not PANIC."  That was priceless and because she spoke as a mom of a college and high school student, it made her even more personal and believable. Next were the student led walking campus tours. Our happy tour guide was Emily. Emily had a nice loud clear voice and did a wonderful job showing us the campus.  The WMU campus is beautiful, but very hilly and VERY large.   We toured a dorm and were invited into a room where the two residents were waiting for us and graciously answered our questions.  At this point, parents were asking more questions than students, but our whole group seemed impressed and happy with the tour. We also were able to walk into different lecture halls, classrooms, a...

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I Think I’ll Go to Boston
Feb03

I Think I’ll Go to Boston

February 3, 2012Chelsea Merget   Looking back on my four years at Boston University, it is difficult for me to pin down exactly what drew me here.   The communications program is phenomenal.  The faculty is first-class.  Boston is a great city to be in as a college student.  But I think that what sealed the deal with Boston University was when I first visited in April of 2008. The campus had begun its spring transformation and was blooming back to life from the winter months.  It enveloped me.  I felt like I already was a student there.  I could see myself walking along the Charles River during a study break. Without hesitation, I could picture milling around the dining hall with new found friends. The scholars around me exuded excellence.  I was surrounded by future CEOs, scientists and educators. It was then that I knew that I would flourish at BU. To this day, spring is still my favorite season in Boston.  It is full of life and color, much like my experience at Boston University.  It reminds me of my first visit to campus and of the new beginnings that await me.   Become a Campus Rep Intern: If you're interested in gaining real-world experience in writing, marketing and social media outreach and, at the same time, representing your beloved college or university, contact us for more information about our campus rep internship...

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