Campus visits help narrow the decision
April 16, 2013
By Jasmine Vu
For many seniors, spring is a time of decisions on top of decisions. For juniors, the stories of college visits and applications are looming over their shoulders.
As experienced by a majority of 11th-graders, junior year is a crucial time where students focus on academics, extracurricular activities, standardized tests and possible colleges to apply to during the upcoming fall. Many juniors during spring break are traveling to Eastern Washington, as far away as California or remaining in the Seattle area, pursuing the hunt to find the future for the next four years.
College visits provide many advantages, especially for those who are undecided. By visiting a college campus, students are able to determine whether they want to attend a college in a rural town or in a metropolitan area.
Also, going on college tours allows high school students to understand the overall atmosphere of college campuses, the size of schools and the types of students at the institutions. While general college tours may be sufficient, high school students also have the opportunity to stay overnight in a dorm or attend a class to gain an in-depth perspective of academic and social life at certain colleges.
Don’t know where to start? The Issaquah High School Career and Counseling Center offers a plethora of advice for students.
At this stage in high school, particularly junior year, it is a time of exploration and making one of the most significant decisions so far. Our post-high school plans are uncertain for now, but nevertheless, as promising as ever.