High school juniors, make use of this time by planning a Spring Break road trip (if spring ever arrives) to visit some colleges.
Students generally make better decisions regarding college choice when more colleges are toured and visited. It is important to note that colleges which appear the same on paper may have a very different feel on campus.
And while out of state college visits can be expensive, you can begin by touring local colleges. We are fortunate here in the Triangle to have a host of options close to us including NC State University, UNC, Duke University, Wake Forest University, and Elon University just to name a few. By visiting varying types of colleges, students begin to discern the characteristics they value and desire in a college experience.
Do you enjoy the feel of a large state university or a smaller liberal arts school? Do you prefer a more urban campus or a quaint, small town college environment? Are Division I athletics important? Is Greek life a consideration?
These are difficult questions to answer. By touring different colleges, even if they are local, you gain understanding and insight of what you like and what is important. And from there, you can begin making a list of parameters integral to your college search, even if your search takes you beyond the boundaries of your home state.
One last thought. Be prepared for campus visits with a list of questions in hand for students and admission officers. And do not be afraid to ask those questions. Questions demonstrate interest which may work in your favor should you one day apply to the school.
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