Top 10 Tips for Living on Campus
Jul19

Top 10 Tips for Living on Campus

  "The Pros and Cons of Living On/Off Campus" was the discussion topic for #CampusChat, July 18, 2012. Current and former college students shared their insights, including lessons they've learned from living on-campus. Below are their top 10 tips. The complete transcript is also available here on SmartCollegeVisit.  Learn to cope: You literally can deal with anything if you have made it through college roommates. Gain sharper life skills: Those are invaluable. A freshman dorm isn't far from camp. No matter who you live with, map out boundaries early. Even the nitty gritty. Overnight guests, sharing food, sharing TV, noise. All of it. Your car may go unused for a while: Know how to jump-start a car and change a tire. Kids need to learn to live w/ others. I think there are lots of important lessons in that. Roommates can't be too similar either. Two strong personalities…. The room is only so big. Find places on campus where you can chill/relax. May not be your room. Get Involved! – I would not be as involved as I am on campus if I did not live there. Understand that people live differently than you. Be open and RESPECTFUL of other lifestyles. You learn a ton about yourself and others from roommates....

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Top 10 Questions for the Undecided Major
Mar10

Top 10 Questions for the Undecided Major

Applying undecided is fine, provided the college in question has a good program for helping new students explore available majors. Deciding where to apply is just one of the important decision points on the path to college. Deciding which major to choose is another, and with many schools offering anywhere from 40 – 70 majors, the number of choices alone can be overwhelming. The good news is that it’s usually OK to enter college as “undecided.” Many schools offer freshmen experience or introductory programs to help students navigate the choices and make good decisions about their futures.  If you’re not sure about what to declare as your major, or what impact entering college as “undecided” will have on your future options, we suggest asking the following questions during your campus visit: Q1: What guidance do students receive towards helping identify a major that would be a good fit? Q2: Is there a course students should take the first semester to help in the search for a major? Q3: What is the average time to a degree for a student who enters the university “undecided?” Q4: What majors are restricted? Q5: What are the restrictions? Q6: Is there an application process for restricted majors? Q7: Is the restriction capacity or performance driven? Q8: How likely is it that a student who meets the qualifications will be able to enter a specific restricted major? Q9: What is the percentage of students who apply for a restricted major who get accepted? Q10: How many students typically enter your school as undecided? *** Christina McIntyre, developer of BecomeAlum, an academic planning tool for enrolled students, recommended the above list of questions as follow up to an earlier post: BecomeAlum Founder on Planning Your College...

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Top 10 Tips for Dressing Smart for your College Admissions Interview
Feb07

Top 10 Tips for Dressing Smart for your College Admissions Interview

Dressing appropriately for a college admissions interview is a smart way to show respect for the official that will be meeting with you.

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