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in: bhall; bhall > 2019-10-16

Oct 16, 2019 5:01 PM # 
Cristina:
don't they all just sort of seem the same after a while?
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Oct 16, 2019 6:22 PM # 
bhall:
Ya kinda but there is some new information at each one and you can get a bit of a vibe when you do them so it's still worth it.
Oct 16, 2019 6:45 PM # 
ajriley:
as someone else who has gone on WAY too many college tours, they are boring as heck, but yea bridget is right
Oct 16, 2019 9:09 PM # 
peggyd:
Don't you want to see how the campus looks IRL and see how you feel in it? I would think that would be important.
And, what schools did you tour?

-- Someone who didn't visit any colleges before enrolling (the 70s were different ...)
Oct 16, 2019 10:36 PM # 
bhall:
Yes that is a big part of it. Most colleges have virtual tours online that give you a sense of whether it's a green campus or more city like, but going there is always better and it gives you the chance to meet students there and see what they are like. It's also important because it shows schools your interested in them--many keep track of who visits.
Just you wait Peggy, there are plenty of tours in your future :)

I went to Wellsley today, on Monday I was at Mount Holyoke, and last Wednesday I was at UVM. Not as many as AJ was able to get in a week, but it still feels like a lot with everything else going on as well.
Oct 16, 2019 10:58 PM # 
fossil:
AJ's mom kept a spreadsheet of all his (her?) schools of interest. No kidding.

I only went on 1 college tour in the 70's. I didn't end up attending that school but now Nathan is. Also no kidding.

And yes, we found that schools definitely score you somewhat on your level of interest by whether you visit and also if you meet with an admissions counselor. Some will even waive the application fee for this.
Oct 21, 2019 11:59 AM # 
cmpbllv:
My mom and I did under-the-radar visits. We toured on our own, ate in a cafe and watched and listened, and checked out the bookstore to determine the rigor of their foreign language program.

Surprisingly telling results: I knew there were campuses where I would not fit in. I knew where the academic program was challenging. And strangely enough, I knew quickly that West Point was where I wanted to be. We actually went in to see admissions on that trip, since I’d been accepted at Air Force and Navy already. When they unofficially told me I’d been accepted at West Point, my mom turned and deadpanned “I always thought green (Army formal uniform color at the time) was your color anyway, dear.”

And this began decades of sarcasm directed at bureaucracy. Good luck with your search, don’t forget to have fun with it! :-)
Oct 22, 2019 2:38 AM # 
bhall:
People do seem to have immediate feelings about certain colleges and campuses. I am quite jealous of them because I don't so I have to do a lot more research before I can figure out which one is on the top of my list.
I am trying to have fun while exploring all these new places, but sometimes it can be a bit hard because I have the thoughts of applications looming over me :)
Oct 22, 2019 2:38 PM # 
Cristina:
I think it's important to realize that there are probably a lot of schools that will be a good fit for any given person. I was very happy with where I ended up but I imagine I would also have been happy at a lot of other, similarly nerdy places either bigger or smaller, or more or less urban. So yeah, the choice will be hard and you will make a lot of lists about where to apply and where to accept, but mostly likely the place where you end up will be fun and new and exciting no matter what.
Oct 22, 2019 10:50 PM # 
acjospe:
What Cristina said. Don’t agonize over the decision overly much. You’ll make wherever you end up a great fit for you.
Oct 23, 2019 11:38 AM # 
bhall:
Ya I'm definitely trying to remember that as I look at them all. There's a reason they are all still on my list--I like all of them, so I would probably be happy at any of them.

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