Travel Planning Resources for Your College Visit
Apr07

Travel Planning Resources for Your College Visit

Planning to visit a college campus? Unsure where to begin? Use SmartCollegeVisit.com to search for colleges and book your trip. Our goal is to make campus visit planning effortless and to provide the tools you and your family need to make smart college choices. Search for colleges by name, location, major or other key words, then select the school you want to know more about from the list on the results page. Book your travel using the Smart Visit travel tool on each college profile. It's that simple! Smart College Visit Travel Tips & Tools Find the Perfect Hotel Smart Fuel Calculator Smart College Evaluation Form College Visit Planning Articles Top 10 Tips for Dressing Smart for your College Admissions Interview Dos and Don'ts on a College Visit Keeping Track of College Visits The Visitor Parking Pass Travel Related Links FAA: Flight Delay Information The Weather Channel Weather Underground State Transportation Web Sites Free in 50...

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Travel Planning Resources

SmartCollegeVisit Travel Tips & Tools Find the Perfect Hotel Smart Fuel Calculator Smart College Evaluation Form College Visit Planning Articles Top 10 Tips for Dressing Smart for your College Admissions Interview Dos and Don’ts on a College Visit Keeping Track of College Visits December on College Campuses The Visitor Parking Pass Travel Related Links FAA: Flight Delay Information State Transportation Web Sites The Weather...

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Twins and College Visits: One Parent’s Story
Jan05

Twins and College Visits: One Parent’s Story

Kudos to Lisa Silvershein and her twins of Basking Ridge, N.J., for a well planned, well executed, satisfying summer of college visits. Could their story be a model for your experience? Because Lisa’s boy/girl twins have completely different interests, she divided the calendar between the kids and asked them to research schools and tell her where they wanted to visit. Kudo #1: Recognizing their individual interests (good idea whether you have twins or a single)Kudo #2: Letting them do the research (gives them responsibility and buy-in from the start)Bonus: Giving each child his/her own time with the parent (if schedule permits, this can be a prize for the parent(s) and the child) Lisa’s daughter, a “city girl,” is interested in art and business. Her son wants to major in biology and is open to any school that will prepare him for vet school. They saw schools together only on a December family vacation and a spring break trip. Over the summer, Lisa and her children saw a total of nine schools in six states on the east coast. All travel was by car. They chose hotels based on proximity to the schools and on whether they could get reward points and a breakfast buffet. “The biggest challenge,” says Lisa, “was stringing the visits together like a puzzle.” Lisa shares some observations on supporting kids’ explorations while allowing their independence: [Let kids make choices …] “I gave them tons of suggestions based upon their interests, but I encouraged them to check out the websites for themselves. There was an early visit where my son had not read the ‘fine print’ and we wasted our time by visiting a school that had huge lectures for Intro to Biology. After he made that mistake once, he never did it again.” [… but create some guidelines …] “I did have a rule that if we went to a college we would stay for the tour. In one case the building looked terrible from the outside and my daughter wanted to leave the moment we pulled into the lot.  After driving two hours we decided to stay and the business program ended up being very strong. In another case my son was turned off by the tour. He wanted to cancel his meetings with the pre-vet adviser and an admissions counselor. We agreed that it would be rude to cancel. By the time we left the school it was one of his top two choices. If you make the trip, you might as well get the entire picture.” [… and look at it all as a growth experience.] “During our first trip down south...

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