“Official” campus tours can give you insight about the academics of a college, but the “unofficial” ones will help you truly decide whether you like…

“Official” campus tours can give you insight about the academics of a college, but the “unofficial” ones will help you truly decide whether you like the atmosphere of the school and its surrounding areas. Months ago, I went on an unofficial tour to one of the colleges on my list. I, of course, failed to check the weather for the day I was to go on the tour. When there is a downpour of white stuff falling from the sky, it is very, very difficult to navigate quasi-suburban areas. The buildings of the campus all started to look the same after awhile. Even with a map, it was difficult to navigate. When it came time for lunch, we went in circles. A lot. Thankfully, the students were more than helpful towards a bunch of naive, weather-beaten high schoolers and lead us to the right area. Thanks to the helpful residents, we got to navigate both the campus and its surrounding areas. Had we gone on an official tour, I highly doubt we would have found out about the restaurants nearby the school, among other places to shop and hang out.  My independent tour really helped me assess whether the school had the right atmosphere, and, well, helped me figure out whether I could survive on a big campus. I already knew I liked the academics, but actually living there was another thing.

I wonder if anyone else has tried going on an unofficial tour…

 

– Allyson

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