And, I like the articles posted on unigo.com… I’ve read about half a dozen and they have a comfortable, chatty feel. There’s a lot of good information there – particularly if you’re looking for advice… if you want a lot of direction in the process. Here are a few titles:
Apply Yourself: Winning the college application game without losing your mind
Little Things Can Be a Big Deal
11 Things You Never Knew You Needed to Survive in College
While my taste would run in the direction of asking questions and getting you to think about your own answers… there’s a lot of value in hearing from some folks who have been there.
Check it out, www.unigo.com, and then let me know what you think! Email me at email@example.com.
Forget about reading the NY Times article and go straight to www.unigo.com and check it out. It seems like THE place to read student reviews of colleges – and I mean LOTS of reviews (and in this case, “more is more).
So I have been there and done a lot of the tour… and I like it!
I looked for all the colleges I’ve visited and the majority were there – and I have to say that I agreed with most of the students/reviewers… My impressions were similar.
I love the online resource with students sharing their thoughts. The beauty of the concept is that you can hear (really read and see) lots of viewpoints… You just need to remember that it’s the folks who know about the site and feel most passionately about their schools who are writing about them – the good, the bad and the ugly.
Knowledge is power and unigo.com gives you more of both. Nothing surpasses visiting the schools, yet if you want a thumbnail sketch from some folks in the know before you head out the door, take a look at the site.
PS: I’m hoping that more colleges/universities show up on the site… as Clark University/my alma mater isn’t there… and there’s a lot to say about it!
Did you know that the majority of students entering college today are undecided about a major – and I think that’s (potentially) great! Yet it can lead to some concerns around which college will be the best fit for you in your currently undecided state.
So what does this mean for you, as you begin the colleges search and selection process? It means be sure to seek environments that will support you in many ways…
~ lots of options in academic areas (concentrations, majors, minors, study abroad choices, internships, research possibilities…)
~ flexibility and encouragement to try new paths, and supportive peer and faculty advisory systems
~ a social environment that is a match for who you are and want to become.
College is about so many things and foremost among them is -> discovering all the possibilities! Being undecided is an opportunity to try it all-or at least a lot of it! Even if you know what you want to do, don’t miss the chance to experiment – what you find might surprise you!
I entered college thinking that I wanted to work with children with autism and so I headed straight for the psych department at Clark University. And while I found that I liked psychology… I LOVED education, and after teaching students with autism I needed to rethink the types of students I wanted to work with-and I tried every special education setting that existed at that time – and learned that I LOVED working with students with emotional handicaps. Ultimately I graduate with a double major – in psychology and education.
I know it can feel overwhelming – there so many possibilities – and yet you can create a roadmap … what are your strengths, what do you love, what sounds interesting/challenging/so completely unlike you?* Guidance counselors, college advisors, college coaches, teachers, family, and friends are additional resources – don’t hesitate to get the support you need.
Think big about your future – broadly about the possibilities and deeply about what’s really a match for you. College is an adventure-be sure to give yourself the opportunity to enjoy the ride.