As you search for the college that’s right for you, we know you’ll be visiting and touring a good number of campuses. It may get overwhelming at times and cloud your decision-making abilities, but don’t fret—we’re here to help! While on any campus, there are key locations all students and their families should be sure to visit. Places both on and campus that, if you decided to attend that school, will find yourself spending quite a bit of free time.
Residence Halls- Since most first-year college students are required to live on campus, your residence hall will become your home away from home very quickly. Be sure to ask for a tour of the rooms so you can get a better idea of what your new space will look like. Ask questions about what furniture is included and what you can bring with you. Most schools will not allow any microwaves or hot stoves, so ask about a kitchen and be sure to locate those central points in the hall. If socialization is important to you, be on the lookout for halls that have common areas and recreational activities for the residents.
Classrooms/Lecture Halls- We know, we know, this is probably not the most appealing part of your tour, but it is important. Taking a look at your classrooms and lecture halls will allow you to get a glimpse of what it’ll be like on your first day of class. Do you see yourself sitting in the midst of 300 or more students? Or do you prefer a smaller class with no more than 50 seats? Pay attention to the resources in your academic building and where your future professors’ offices are located. Are the labs for science classes on the other side of campus? If so, are you willing and able to make the trek on class days?
Career Services- It is never too early to start thinking ahead. Becoming familiar with this office will prove to be beneficial when it comes time to look for an internship or job. The staff can help you not only determine your career path, but they can help you secure internships and point you in the right direction of your first real job. Information concerning networking events and other occasions to meet with professionals in your area of interest should also be available here.
Computer Labs- While most students these days have their own laptops, it’s important to know where computer labs are located in the event something happens to your personal computer. Take note of what types of PCs are available for use and if the equipment and software are up to date. Some courses may require that you access material from the school’s server making it necessary to use a computer lab.
Library- In today’s world of technology, some find it foreign to pick up a book, but there’s nothing like using an encyclopedia for research. Be sure your tour makes a pit stop at the library and scope out the variety of books available to assist you when writing your first research paper. The library is also a good place to have some peace and quiet when your roommate decides they want to have some friends over while you’re studying.
“You are the author of your own life story.”
Like many college freshmen, I had trouble determining what to study. While trying to figure out a career path to pursue, I looked to personality tests for guidance. According to the Myers-Briggs test, I am an ISTJ (introversion, sensing, thinking, judgment). This discovery allowed me to assess my personality and matched my characteristics and personality traits with different professions that could work for me. As a result, I was able to use this knowledge to steer my way to accounting.
I absolutely love to be involved in activities on campus and through off-campus organizations, such as the New Jersey Society of CPAs. One of the quickest ways to figure out if your chosen major is the best fit for you is simply to get involved. My experiences developing relationships through the Society, along with various academic organizations, have helped to reinforce my decision to pursue a career in accounting. During my first year, I found that it is incredibly difficult to adjust from high school to college. However through hard work and some trial and error, I gained an abundance of knowledge regarding how to become a successful first-year student. Since a good start in college is so important, here are a few things that helped keep me on track:
College requires a lot more attention and work outside of the classroom than high school. I look at each semester and course as a personal challenge to perform at my best. Last school year has really allowed me to grow individually as well as academically. Through all of my research and dedication, I feel that accounting is an excellent opportunity to write my own story. And once you devise a plan for the future, there is no better author than you.
Ice hockey. I have played hockey since age six and continue to play today for Susquehanna University. I'm absolutely in love with the game, and it is hard to imagine my life without it.
Catch Me If You Can
Tom Hanks. In addition to his work in front of the camera, I also respect Tom for his support of environmental initiatives.
Porsche automobiles. One day I hope to fulfill my childhood dream of owning one of these vehicles, which in my opinion, are the nicest cars on the road.
First, cover the rest of my college expenses. Then, use half to help my parents retire. Finally, I would invest the remainder of the money.
AP Calculus, Mrs. Davis, Eastern Regional High School, located in Voorhees, NJ