After looking inside a bunch of homes, we finally found two that we thought might work. We made a second visit to each and that return visit sealed the deal. We were able to ask more detailed questions and spend more time in rooms that may have been a possible concern before. Of these two possible contenders, we kept getting more and more excited about one, and we got less and less excited about the other. We made an offer, the offer was accepted, and we move into our new home in a few weeks!
The same visiting process should happen when you are shopping for colleges. Just as you shouldn’t decide to buy a house without stepping inside, you shouldn’t decide to attend a school without setting foot on campus. Every college looks good in the pictures. However, it may not be a good fit for you. This is a huge decision, so please invest the time and gas money to visit a college during a normal day.
My alma mater holds a special event each Easter weekend called Spring Sing. It is a musical extravaganza in which the social clubs on campus compete against one another in a choreographed song fest complete with music, costumes, choreography, makeup, lighting, technographics, and more. It is extremely entertaining and attracts several thousand visitors each year. Although it is a busy week for us in the Admissions Office, it is a wonderful way to showcase our students and campus to prospective students.
This past weekend I got to watch another Spring Sing show. During the intermission, I walked up to two dads who were visiting campus with their daughters. “Mark, you can’t grasp the grandeur of this school until you come for a visit. You just can’t quite get the complete feel by looking at the pictures.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.