Why Should You Attend an “Admitted Student Day?”
Now that you’ve been receiving your acceptance letters in the mail, you’ve also probably been bombarded with requests to “Come Visit Our School” and “See What It’s All About!” Instead of throwing those flyers away, take some time to see if any come from the school you’re planning on attending. Here are a few reasons why you should go to an admitted student day:
- Get a Feel For Your Future Student Body
Admitted student days are for admitted students! That means many of the people you’ll meet might become your future classmates or roommates. Admitted student days are a great way to throw yourself into a group of strangers that very well might become your best friends. It’s important to enmesh yourself in the student body that you might become a part of so you can see whether you fit in well. If you don’t test the waters before you attend that school, you might be surprised at the attitudes or outlooks of your classmates. Going to an admitted student day can give you perspective about what it’ll be like being around your potential peers.
- Hear a Lecture From a Future Professor
Admitted students days are planned all around you! They school is trying to recruit you to go to their school and they’re going to try and capture your interest in whatever way they can. One such way is by having professors give mock lectures during an admitted student day. This is a great opportunity to see some of the differences between teaching styles in college versus high school. You may even enjoy a class so much you decide to take it later on once you are enrolled. Most importantly, though, utilize this a your chance to fully realize the vast expanse of knowledge to be gained at the university level and the huge array of classes at your fingertips.
- Explore the Campus
Get a chance to see your potential future environment by actually walking around the campus. This is especially important if you are deciding between a large school and a small school or maybe an urban setting versus a rural one. Remember, college is not just changing schools and moving along with your old friends, it is a lifestyle change. Before you make your decision, try to picture yourself in the new environment.
- Does it feel like a location you would feel safe in?
- Is it relatively easy to navigate?
- How close is all the housing to the departments that you are particularly interested in?
- What is the weather like?
These are all questions that you can answer by taking a visit. As a side note, if you are looking at a school in a very different physical climate (for instance a student from southern California looking at a school in New England), it would be best to also try to plan a visit around times of the year where the new environment experiences the weather you are not used to. It would be a huge shock to decide to move to a cold weather location and realize that you hate it.
- Get Your Parents’ Approval
Take it from a tour guide that getting your parents approval is hugely important. While this may lengthen your decision process and your parents may ask what may seem to be trivial questions to you, really buy into their input. They only have your best interests at heart and want you to succeed just as much, if not more, than you do. They have the benefit of life experience, which should never be undervalued. More often than not, their interests will lie parallel to yours in that they want you to go to a school that you know you will be happy at. Just be wary of any concerns that they might have and even use a school visit to ask a tour guide or school official to address all of their questions and concerns. People on campus are usually more than happy to tell them that even if their parents were initially worried about them attending a particular school, their happiness and thriving track record quickly settled their apprehensions.
- Make a Decision to Go!
While there is absolutely no pressure to make a decision about a given school on the spot, that one tour, presentation or lecture might just seal the deal for you. College decisions should never be made exclusively based on information found on the Internet or third party sources. These are good options for college searches, but your ultimate decision should be based on the school that is the best fit for you. The only way to actually know if you are making the right decision is to go to the school and try to imagine yourself as a student there. Get others current students’ perspectives, meet professors and ask yourself, “Am I convinced that this could be my home for the next four years?” Don’t worry if you have doubts because everybody does but you never know, that admitted student day might just be the thing you need to make your final decision.