SCV Weekend Wrap-up 09/03/11

by Z. Kelly Queijo New on Smart College Visit (SCV) This past week we marked the debut of our new audio-podcast series College Mom Minute. We're excited to collaborate with Dr. Nancy Berk weekly to bring you smart tips for parents navigating the college process. Nancy's quirky, keen sense of humor will delight you week after week. So, tune in on Mondays to hear Nancy's unique take on parenting and college.  Travel Tuesday If you use Twitter, then you probably know that on Tuesdays you're likely to see the hashtag "#TT" or "#traveltuesday" in tweets signifying a day to promote travel or news about travel. That's when we like to publish a story related to travel and college visits. Our TravelTuesday piece this week, not only introduced our new client, Bridgewater College but also a new writer for Smart College Visit, Su Clauson-Wicker.  If you missed it earlier in the week, check out Su's first piece for SCV: Smart See, Smart Do: Bridgewater College Equestrian Center and find out how to book your tour or maybe even bring your horse to college with you.  #CampusChat Dorm Drop-Off was the topic of this week's Twitter chat. Nancy Berk (@nancyberk) and Priscilla Pilon (@WeekendInParis), fresh from dropping their sons off at college to begin freshman year, got the conversation rolling with tales of their experiences. Others joined in and the conversation became a mixture of heartfelt emotions mixed with humor and topped off with sage advice from parents and college students who have been through this before. If you could not make the chat, I encourage you to read the transcript. You'll laugh, maybe even tear-up a little, and you'll get some practical, space-saving tips for packing and storing dorm-room necessities. #CampusChat is every Wednesday at 9PM, Eastern on Twitter. Follow @collegevisit for up-to-date information.   SCV News WIDGET: We recently announced on the availabilty of our travel tool for colleges and college-search vendors: the Smart Visit Widget. The widget makes it easy for any school or business to add location-based travel resources to their web sites. If you're interested in learning more, click to contact SCV. The full press release is available here: Smart Visit Widget Debut. PARENTS.COM: We're excited to report that SCV has been nominated for the Parents.com Best Family Travel Blog. Now, we know SCV is not about traditional family travel or vacations. We're a niche travel site and typically cover vacay travel when the trip also includes visiting colleges. That said, we have published nearly 500 blog posts related to travel planning and college visits and we do see college travel as a family-centric event, so in that regard,...

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Smart College Visit Photo Friday: The Water Dome at Florida Southern
Apr16

Smart College Visit Photo Friday: The Water Dome at Florida Southern

Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL   863-680-6234 The Water Dome, first completed in 1948, was remodeled to its original design and was dedicated on October 25, 2007. Wright designed 18 structures for the campus, and 12 were constructed, representing the world’s largest one-site grouping of Wright’s work known collectively as "Child of the Sun." Planning a college visit to Florida Southern College? Check out our resource section on college visits and travel planning. Click here to search for a nearby...

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Dos and Don’ts on a College Visit
Dec22

Dos and Don’ts on a College Visit

The following list of travel tips was compiled from comments made by various admissions directors and staff from colleges and universities across the U.S. DO check the weather conditions at your destination before leaving home. Allow extra time or consider changing plans if severe weather is forecast. DON’T blame the admissions staff if the weather created travel delays or affected your mood. Try to make the best of things. DO plan ahead. Check the school’s web site for dates of tours and information sessions and to find out if reservations are required and when these events are available. Some schools do not offer tours during semester breaks and some admissions offices will close during holiday breaks. DON’T expect a visit to campus when classes are not in session to provide the same options or experience as visiting during the regular semester schedule for any particular school. DO allow enough time to get a parking pass, park your vehicle and walk to the admissions office. Depending on the size of the campus, location of parking lots, and traffic, you may need to allow as much as 30-40 minutes extra to get where you need to be. DON’T underestimate the amount of time it takes to reach your destination even after you’ve arrived on campus. Driving on college campuses comes with its own unique set of challenges that range from waiting at cross walks while large groups of students make their way to and from classes, to unusual traffic patterns, unfamiliar signage and possibly remote locations of parking areas. DO remember that the logistics of getting to the college have nothing to do with what you will experience once you arrive and begin to explore life on that campus. DON’T forget to ask questions and make notes about each school you visit. Take a notebook with you or use our college visit evaluation form to keep track of where you’ve been and what you thought of each school you visited. It’s free–print as many as you need. Have any “Dos” and “Don’ts” you’d like to share? Comments are...

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