Your Travel Bill of Rights: The Video
Jun28

Your Travel Bill of Rights: The Video

You know, you really do have choices when it comes to not only choosing your hotel but where you stay within the hotel. Check our video travel tips before your next college visit!

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Travel Bill of Rights
May22

Travel Bill of Rights

With campus tours and college visits upon you, there are sure to be several nights spent in hotels. Travel has changed so much over the years and hotels, in general, are well run and efficient, but sometimes there is a glitch in the system.  Know your rights so you can sleep soundly. 1. Request the room you want. When you check-in at a hotel, your room is typically assigned automatically by a computer which makes tracking efficient for housekeeping and maintenance. If you like staying near a stairway instead of the elevators, speak up before a room is assigned.  Request a room above the 2nd  floor (since lower floors are easier targets for theft) and below the 6th or 7th floor (to make exiting easier in case of fire). 2. Be aware of your surroundings. If you get off of the elevator  and some of the hallway lights are out or if anything seems amiss, return immediately to the front desk and either request a different room or ask that a staff person accompany you to your room.  3. Don’t sacrifice your health. If you arrive in your non-smoking room and there is an overpowering smell of smoke, don’t “buck it up”.  Return to the front desk and explain that someone has been smoking in the room or perhaps bedding from another room was mistakenly put in yours.  Mistakes happen and the housekeeping staff may not notice the odor. 4. Do a quick “sanitary check”. Before you unpack, do a quick sanitary check of the bathroom (at the very least, check to see that the toilet bowl and sink are clean). Pull back the bedspread and inspect the sheets to see if they are clean and fresh. 5. What’s outside the window? Again, before you unpack, take a quick look out the window. If your window overlooks the garbage dumpsters, you can pretty much guarantee that they will be emptied very loudly at 4am.  Likewise, if you are planning to get to sleep early and your window overlooks the outdoor party area, you might consider requesting a change.  Give the hotel staff as much notice as possible should you need to request a new room. 6. Overbooked? Unfortunately, hotels do sometimes overbook and they will “walk” you.  This simply means they have made arrangements for you to stay in a similar hotel in the same town. It’s legal and not uncommon.  Push back gently (and politely) to ask if there are any other options. (Sometimes being a AAA member or certain credit card holder is an advantage.)  You’ll get much further being polite than trying to argue. 7. Looking...

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SCV For Parents
Apr09

SCV For Parents

Guiding your teens out the door and on the road to college: Moms and Dads, this section of the Smart College Visit (SCV) blog is for you! Here you will find a list of the top posts in our For Parents category. We wanted to make to it easy to access the content that is most relevant to the role parents play in the college visit, search, and admissions process. And, by the way, Hats off to you for being on hand should your teen need a nudge or guidance along the way! We love getting your stories! Click here if you’d like to share your story with us and please check out our Parent Advocate program. We’re to help! Choosing which Colleges to Visit: The 5-Hour Drive Limit When Your Child Turns 18 and Goes to College: What Parents Need to Know Western Michigan University – A College Visit Story College Tour Tip: Let the Kids do the Talking Don’t Pick a College Sight Unseen Top 5 Questions to Ask about Financial Aid: Parent-to-Parent If you have a question you’d us to answer, just click on Smart Q&A to submit and we’ll take care of the...

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Next on #CampusChat: CollegeXpress on Starting Your Scholarship Search
Dec06

Next on #CampusChat: CollegeXpress on Starting Your Scholarship Search

Smart College Visit To Host CollegeXpress on #CampusChat When: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 9PM Eastern. College admission applications are not the only things consuming college-bound teens over the holidays, many will also be immersed in scholarship search–and with thousands of scholarships available, it's a process that can daunting at the very least. To provide tips for students and to shed light on their approach to scholarships search, Chelsea Rice, Assistant Editor/Online Specialist, and Megan Gibbs, Senior Assistant Editor/Scholarship Manager at CollegeXpress will take part in #CampusChat on Wednesday night and address the topic: “Starting Your Scholarship Search”. CollegeXpress (@CollegeXpress) serves as a one-stop resource for college-bound students to find schools, scholarships, and expert college planning advice. The site provides scholarship and financial aid articles addressing topics from applying to college to maintaining a student budget to graduation and fellowships for master's degrees. The site includes a scholarship search with over $7 billion in scholarship listings.  #CampusChat is open to the public for participation. Anyone with a Twitter id can join the conversation by adding “#campuschat” to their Twitter message. Follow SmartCollegeVisit @collegevisit for announcements about the chat. To read the complete press release about this chat, please go to: Smart College Visit To Host CollegeXpress on CampusChat. For more information about our weekly Twitter chat, please read: What is CampusChat? College Visit Tour Tip: During the admissions information session, ask this: "Will my college admission essay be used in evaluating me for scholarship...

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Smart Q & A: The College Admissions Interview
Aug25

Smart Q & A: The College Admissions Interview

QUESTION: What should students focus on when preparing for a college interview? ANSWER: From:  Jeannie Borin, M.Ed. , founder of College-Connections A few interview tips: The first FOUR minutes of the interview usually sets the tone. Get it right at the start, and it can go well. Have questions of your own, and make sure they are not obvious factual ones. Dress informally so you are comfortable, but not too informally (avoid jeans or flip-flops). Be punctual. There are no trick questions coming up; this is not an interrogation. Interviewers want to engage you in conversation – and – yes, they want you to be comfortable. Don’t talk too much. Catch yourself and stop. Think internally for a few seconds before responding to questions. Remain conscious of your body language and don’t play with your hair or you’re your nails – You may be nervous – but don’t act it. Have thoughts about the last book that you liked; the last film, favorite website, magazines you read and tell the truth. Students should be able to articulate what it is about them that makes them a good fit with that particular school. Also, be prepared to speak intelligently about what you’ve done for/in any groups in which you participate. If you have time, a thank-you note (or email) is appropriate! Bring a resume in case it’s requested. The #1 thing I advise students about is to be prepared to thoughtfully discuss their academic preparation and achievement record. Jeannie is a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (ICEA). Related Reading For College-Bound Students: How to Improve Your Chances of Admission when Wait-Listed The 5 Biggest Mistakes in College Admissions Essays College Tour Tip: Schedule Department Meetings Two Weeks in...

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College Visit Video: Marshall University
Apr25

College Visit Video: Marshall University

  Today’s College Visit Video Showcase features Marshall University located in Huntington, West Virginia.  If you can’t visit a college in person, then visiting by video is the next best thing! It’s also a great way to explore campus before planning your college travel.  Enjoy the video, then explore these pages to learn more about MU:  College Profile and Plan Your Visit. Related Reading: College Tour Tip: Schedule Department Meetings Two Weeks in Advance Have Questions on Your College Tour ? Ask the Natives Top 5 Questions to Ask about Financial Aid: Parent-to-Parent...

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