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Choosing the ideal college or university is a tricky task. Committing to four years in the same institution, surrounded by the same campus, professors and students may be a dream come true for some, but an endless nightmare for others. Furthermore, while some students may have had an ideal university in mind since the 5th grade, others may have absolutely no clue of the place they want to call home. In either case, it is pivotal to visit universities you are considering, either to validate or dismantle your childhood dreams, or discover where you truly will fit in.
For one thing, it is important to do preliminary research to select the universities you would like to visit. Narrow down your list to a maximum of ten institutions based on their website, student input, and counsellor’s recommendations. Visiting the universities should build upon your initial interest and research to discover if you can see yourself studying and living in that place. Think of the college-search process like planning a four-year marriage: if your interests match the university’s and if the university’s match yours, it will be great experience for both parties involved. Choosing where to apply should be a combination of what you will gain and what you will give to the college experience; how you will develop the college and how the college will develop you.
To get the most out of your college-visiting experience, here are a couple of tips:
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