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“Today the School,

“Today the School, Tomorrow the World. Global Education for a Global Society” ● Start with your school or local library (or bookstore if you prefer). There are many college guides, search books, etc. available. You can also find books written from students; perspectives. ● It is important to consult a variety of sources when dealing with subjective information. ● Visit your Guidance office/Career Center. Look through catalogues and college bulletins. ● Do a computer search with your counselor… ● Begin an information network. Seek out alumni, friends and family members who are familiar with schools that interest you. ● Keep in mind; you are looking for something that will be right for you, not Uncle Mike or Aunt Kim. WHAT’S NEXT? ● Experience the real thing – plan to visit several campuses. ● Always write for information and plan your visit before going to a campus. ● Find out about campus tours, weekend sleepovers, interviews, and describe your areas of special interests. ● It is best to visit when the college is in session. ● If you can, spend the night on campus. Talk with students and faculty, attend classes, look for signs of what is important on that campus (politics, sports, cultural activities, partying)? ● Check out the surrounding town or city. Do you feel comfortable there? ● What is the atmosphere like on campus (easygoing, rushed, dead)? Do you feel comfortable there? ● If possible, attend a college class in the department of interest to you. ● Talk with professors in that department. ● Do you like their approach? ● What do students say about the department? 53

“Today the School, Tomorrow the World. Global Education for a Global Society” ● Will you have the opportunity to do research? ● Who lectures – professors or teaching assistants? ● Is tutoring available? ● What other support services will be available to you? ● What are the students like? ● Do you anticipate that you would fit in? ● How is the food? ● What do the kids do to relax? ● What type of entertainment is available to you on and off campus? ● What does it tell you? ● Write down your impressions at the end of the visit to a college. ● What was good? ● What was bad? ● Using the charts provided in the appendix, and your set of prioritized characteristics. ● Read the school newspaper (preferably several issues) ● Compare colleges on your list. 54

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