If you have some time over the break, why not take advantage of a campus tour for one of more of the universities you are considering? A tour is one of the best pieces of research you can do because it gives you the chance to experience aspects of campus life that can’t often be gleaned from the website or admissions representative. Getting a “feel” for the campus is often one way that students are able to make the best, most informed decisions about where they plan to study. Of course, not everyone can make it to every school they are considering, but you might find that one of the University Counsellors has visited the school and we would be more than happy to share any pictures and give you our impression of the place!
Campus tours also give you the chance to ask any questions of the tour guide, usually a current student. I often ask students what they like best, and least, about the university or the community; what services they have taken advantage of; whether there were any surprises about the university once they got there… and anything else that pops into my mind as we walk. But you can pepper them with whatever questions you like: they usually have heard them all!
Here in Victoria, UVic is offering their “super-sized” tours every day during spring break at 1pm each day, March 21 through 24. Click here for more information.
If you are thinking of UBC or SFU School of Contemporary Arts, we are going to take a group of grade 11 & 12 students over to Vancouver on April 12 to spend a day visiting those campuses. Please email me [firstname.lastname@example.org] by Tuesday, March 15 if you would like to get on the list for that trip.
Visiting the campus is the equivalent of test driving a car after looking at the specs and glossy brochures. Don’t forget to look under the hood or you might, as I did, drive off with a nest in the engine of your car without knowing it. But that’s another story…