For many, college night at your high school is a big deal. It’s the time when universities and schools come together to reach out to potential future students, and when children and parents alike can see peruse their options. So it’s somewhat mystifying that so many people skip over college night entirely. Students looking for their future should mark college night in their calendars (and bring their parents along for the experiences). Still on the fence? Here are just a few reasons your family should attend college night at your high school.
A Fresh Perspective: College night is like a shopping mall or buffet of potential schools. It allows students to see a wide variety of educational institutions, and learn about what each has to offer. Not only can teenagers get a better understanding of the schools they’re already interested in, college night can offer some unexpected surprises: many students walk away with new schools that have piqued their interests — ones they might never have considered were it not for this experience.
Real People: Most college night booths and tables are run by volunteers and current students. This is a great resource, and one you should not overlook. Unlike the glossy pamphlets and fancy websites, this offers you a chance to speak directly to people who are connected to the colleges. You can ask them questions about their experiences, learn the real scoop behind the school, and get a unique insight into the atmosphere of the college you’re considering.
Wide Variety: Too often, students get stuck in a rut when researching colleges. They get stuck exploring the same kind of options, never really expanding their search. While this can be a fine way to find your future school, it leaves so much left unexplored. College night allows you to see the whole variety of potential schools out there. If you’ve only been investigating business schools, maybe you’ve missed out on a liberal art school that fits you to a t. Are all the universities you’re looking at focused on lectures? Why not seek out smaller, seminar-focused operation? Even if you end up rejecting these options and going with your original choice, you’ll apply to schools secure in the knowledge that you fully explored every option in regards to your education.
Financial Aid: College night is the time when a lot of schools tout their financial programs. For students looking to save money, researching financial aid can be an exhausting and harrowing experience. College night is the time when schools come courting you, providing you and your family with information regarding the financial options their universities offer. You can ask financial aid counselors questions about your specific situation, and see which schools are more inclined to accommodate you.
Knowledge is invaluable, particularly when it comes to your education. After working so long and so hard to succeed in school, now is not the time to slack off. Researching the schools you might attend is an important part of the high school process — and shaping the sort of life you want to lead. College night allows you to go forward in your search armed with all the data you’ll need to make the best decision possible for your future.