3 Ways to Make the Most of Admitted Students Weekend
Admitted students weekends have always struck me as one of the best parts about the college process – after weeks of sweating over making your application perfect, the tables are now turned and colleges have to beg YOU to come to their school. That itself should be one reason to take advantage of admitted students weekends as much as you can. There is, however, a right and a wrong way to go about these events, and recognizing the limitations will help you figure out where you’re sending that deposit in a few weeks.
There’s no doubt that admitted students weekends will be a rush of tours to take, classes to sit on, and people to make conversation with. From just a few short hours, you’re expected to get a feel of how life is at a college, or more importantly, how your life would be at this college. Despite the pressure to make the most out of these fleeting experiences, admitted students weekends are actually really fun. Colleges will try their hardest to pack in as many fun events as they can into a short period of time, all for you. It is definitely in your best interest to go to as many events as you possibly can. Your feet may be killing you at the end of the day, but if you decide to indulge in a nap after the long flight over, you’ll be missing out on a number of opportunities to build a picture of how this college feels as a potential home for four years.
- Take the time to figure out what the campus opportunities really are. You should be spending as little time as possible hiding out in your host’s room and as much time as possible exploring what the campus is offering. Be sure to sit in on a class if you can. It’s critical to get a picture of what the intellectual atmosphere of a college is. There’s no better way to do this than by observing a class.
- Talk to current students. Although talking to fellow admitted students is easier, you shouldn’t necessarily base your idea of the school from your experiences with them. The college students are already part of the campus culture, and will be more like what you will encounter should you decide to go to that school. Admitted students weekends are not a realistic portrayal of how a normal weekend at colleges are like, but talking to current students will give you an idea of what you can expect on an ordinary day.
- Could you call this school home? You’ve already established that this is a good school, has the basic requirements you want, and (if you did your applications right), you’d be content to go to any school you were accepted to. Now it’s time to think about a campus as a new home. Will you be happy climbing up and down a hilly campus all day? Can you imagine yourself spending long evenings studying in the libraries, or are they dark and dreary? Are there any places to get food late at night, once the dining halls close? All these factors, while often too inconsequential to remember during those back-to-back college tours in the fall, are things you should consider when you decide whether or not these campuses can be a comfortable home for you to grow.
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