There’s currently a thread called how many colleges did you visit?.
Which got me wondering: WHY is it so necessary to visit college campuses?
It’s seems to be an obligatory rite of passage.
But I don’t get it.
Now, visiting a college is a good idea for a 17 year old kid. You’re taking your first steps at independence, yadda, yadda…there’s a whole lot of new stuff to learn about life.
But why make a ritual of visiting 5 or 10 different places?
There are basically only 3 types of universities: large universities, small colleges, and urban schools.And within any of those categories, most campuses are pretty similar.
The campus may be huge with green leafy quadrangles and buildings covered in ivy , or it may be smaller with only one central lawn, or it may be urban and have almost no central campus. They all have dorms, and maybe fraternities on campus, and apartments nearby.
So there are a lot of options for a kid to choose from.
And , yes, it’s worth visiting once… to get a feel for how you might be living, with no parents around.
I remember the excitement I felt 40 years ago at age 16 to visit a campus and sleep in my older brother’s dorm. (shh…They had …beer!!!)
And at 17, I spent a day visiting another campus where I was pretty sure I would be enrolling next year.
And I got a lot of good information:
I heard a presentation from fraternity guys, who told us all about how if you wanted to be cool and successful, you absolutely had to pledge a house,(and I quickly realized that there ain’t no way I’d want to do that).
I heard explanations of how the dorms work.
I was given pamphlets (pre-internet days!) about financial aid, about student sports, social organizations and campus life.
But nowadays, all this info is on the internet.And in much, much more detail.
Why does everybody go to the expense and trouble of travelling to see the different campuses?