Are you scheduling college visits with your teen, or just getting started with the application process? We gathered on February 18th, for a chat with Z. Kelly Queijo, founder of Smart College Visit and Nancy W. Berk, author of College Bound and Gagged, for tips and tricks to surviving the college-bound journey!
BEST ADVICE FOR SUCCESSFUL COLLEGE VISITS?
@judy511: Keep quiet – let kid lead the way.
@nancyberk Let teen drive the process! And beware of rain. Instant rejection from some kids.
@weekendinparis Let student ask the tour guide questions.
@collegevisit Some campus tours are 2 hours! Wear walking shoes!
@collegevisit Visit colleges – even those you think you won’t like. You may be surprised!
@GADisneyMom Always visit when school is in session is a must. Entire feeling of campus is different.
WHAT ARE BEST NON-COLLEGE THINGS TO DO ON COLLEGE-RELATED TRIPS?
@tibstravel Study city where college located; lifestyle matters too.
@conniefoggles Visit the area, especially stores and restaurants. I bet parents and teens would like both
@travelermom Can’t go to college there if the local pizza sucks. But that’s just my son’s opinion. 🙂
@fujifulgueras Check out local area…it is where your child will be when not on campus
WHAT MAKES A GOOD COLLEGE VISIT?
@sweepsrule Keeping an open mind, engaging your tour guide, being ready to have a good time.
@sweepsrule Not arguing with your teen over the minutia – there will be plenty of time to iron out all the details.
@WeekendinParis Good match w/interviewer & interviewee, see campus in action w/students in classes, eat in dining hall.
@jeannieborin Great weather, awesome & informed tour guide, students asking the ???, no longer than an hour, comfortable shoes.
@collegevisit You know it’s a good visit when your teen leaves saying “when I go here…
@mommy3sons being somewhat familiar with the college by researching it on internet
WHAT SHOULD U LOOK FOR/ASK ON A COLLEGE VISIT?
@GADisneyMom Ask students why they chose that school,leads to great discussion.
@MimiTravelz Ask about nighttime campus security (walking back to dorm).
@conniefoggles Look for helpful tour guides and tour, availability of meetings w/ profs, admissions.
@collegevisit Look for the campus newspaper. People watch when you can at the student center, library, coffee shop…
@cheer4bison Ask who actually teaches classes: faculty or grad students?
WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE TO A COLLEGE VISIT?
@AnEverydayJen In my world it will be cost & scheduling.
@CindyRichards Biggest challenge: Not freaking out at the cost. Really.
@mimitravelz Cost to visit colleges (airfare, hotels, etc).
@SheldonWordNerd Getting an accurate picture. Admissions office is putting their best foot forward.
@nancyberk Biggest challenge is trying to be on same page w/teen. Digging for info while trying to be your best.
@collegevisit Big challenge: to see and do everything. Plan ahead and try not to rush through.
WHAT DO U LOOK FOR IN A HOTEL DURING LONG DISTANCE COLLEGE TOURS?
@jeannieborin Cleanliness, close to campus, comfortable beds, privacy, quiet, internet hook up, lots of fluffy towels.
@fujifulgueras Discounts. Check when making reservations if hotel offers discount to people visiting local college.
@travelermom My son would definitely say great workout space.
*Note: Comments are sometimes edited for spelling (the vs teh due to fast Twitter fingers!) and for abbreviation that our non-Twitter bretheren may not understand (DH vs dear husband). They are not edited for content as we feel it is valuable for everyone’s original thoughts to be heard.