College Rep Visits at Urban
by Suzanne Schutte
Associate Director of College Counseling
Knowing that not every student has the time or money to visit their campuses, thousands of college reps put up with Bay Area traffic and GPS systems that have never heard of The Urban School just to talk to you. Don't miss your chance to meet with them
when they come.
A college counselor once said this about college reps and it's true: "College reps aren’t salesmen; they are dream weavers, and their task is to take what they know about their college, apply it to what you know about yourself, and see what kind of tapestry the two of you can create."
Since an expert from a college that might be your next home is coming to Urban, it’s important to make them feel welcome and use their time wisely. It's OK to come unprepared because this is a great opportunity to explore your options. But if you want to get the most from the visit, here are some tips (some of these are obvious, but I'll say them anyway):
- Bring a question or two. You want to use the time to find out things that aren’t on the college's website or in a viewbook, so give some thought to questions you might have ahead of time. (Click here for some general questions.)
- If you have time, do some homework. The night before, visit the college’s website. Get a flavor for the size, location and admission requirements, then notice what themes the college emphasizes—lots of pictures of sports, students in lab coats peering at test tubes, ivy covered brick buildings, happy students, etc. See if the school’s newspaper has a website and find out what’s happening on campus.
- Fill out an information card, even if you’re already on the mailing list. Reps use this information to show the college admissions office that the visit was worthwhile. It increases the chances they’ll be back next year.
- Thank them for coming. A clear, direct “thank you” as you leave makes searching for parking in our neighborhood and navigating SFO worth the trip.
College reps want you to have clear, useful information about their college—and often the best way to make sure that happens is face-to-face. Make the most of their visits.
Thursday September, 17, 2009 at 01:22PM
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