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Tips for making the most of holidays

AS travel is often a big part of the summer holidays, often families will use this extended holiday time to visit prospective universities and colleges for their children. Students and parents often ask whether it is worth the time and effort to visit a university campus, a campus which in the international world of education may be continents away.

The answer is: Yes! They absolutely should if it is at all possible.

While students can gather facts and information about a university community and envision with a best guess what life might be like on campus, there is no replacement for observing in person all the sights and sounds of a university environment.

In addition, students often say that visiting a campus makes them feel more at ease with leaving home and taking on the challenges ahead because they are able to do activities that feel surprisingly familiar and comfortable.

Hence, the beauty of the campus visit is that it allows students to see how they fit into in the daily life and rhythm of the school.

Below is a list of 10 things students can do while on campus so that they can make the most of a visit.

The key is being proactive. The more students reach out to others and make connections, the more they will gain from the experience.

Please note that campus admissions offices can be very helpful in setting up many of these activities.

1. Take part in a group information session at the admissions office and go on a campus tour.

2. Find an academic department of desired study and meet a professor to learn more about a particular academic track.

3. Sit in on a course of interest if classes are in session. If classes are not in session, find a classroom and see what it looks like.

4. Approach a student on campus and ask him/her about his/her experiences at the university.

5. Find the first year dorms or living spaces, walk around the halls, and observe the common spaces.

6. Take the opportunity to have a meal in one of the dining halls.

7. Find a copy of the school newspaper or other publication and read about the latest events.

8. Spend the night on campus with a student host if possible.

9. Locate a quiet bench in a courtyard or public space to observe the surroundings and people watch.

10. If there is a nearby neighborhood or town, walk up and down the streets and explore all it has to offer.

With these suggested tips in place, students can gain a clearer picture about the universities they are considering.


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