This morning, my plan was to deliver our Nancy Drew Family Night adventure post from Thursday and share with you the S.T.E.A.M. experience that we had; only it has continued to rain dramatically in this region. Not only have we had a crazy rainfall that has left our Midwest crops under water, we have also had terrible thunderstorms and floods. This is not the kind of weather you want to be out in – for safety purposes.
Visiting the University of Illinois
But, before we chat about the balloons and carousel rides, let’s chat about our campus visit at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.
My goal for getting them on campus at such a young age was to walk around the campus and talk to them about S.T.E.A.M. pathways. While they are getting an introduction to the information in school, I wanted to bring “real life” to them and show them the road that will take them to a college education and successful career in rising industries.
While we did not do a formal, scheduled campus visit, I did introduce them to various buildings and what goes on in many of the buildings. We covered some brief information on services offered on campus like academic advising and financial aid and also talked about various buildings that housed programs such as engineering and liberal arts. Lastly, we talked a bit about campus life and what they could expect from their free time.
Ultimately, I wanted them to be able to chat or ask a few questions to a few college students on campus… and, we did – only there weren’t any guys around, so we chatted with these lovely students below.
Pledging Sororities and Fraternities
Professionally, as an Academic Advisor, we take students on various campus visits a few times a semester, and it just doesn’t sit well with me to take other people’s children and not expose my own to the experience.
And, I’ll tell you something…
If your child is not a part of a college prep program (or, high school) that offers college visits, how else will they get the opportunity? Honestly, they probably won’t unless you take them.
So, as an Academic Advisor, let me help you.
If the idea of this is new to you – which it may be, don’t fret. Below, I have shared with you five quick steps on how to have a successful college visit and not just drop by campus like I did with my crazy boys.
Choose a college to visit.
Call and ask the college when is their next “Prospective Student Campus Visit” or check their website.
Schedule your visit.
Arrive prepared with questions to ask during the visit. For example…Does this college offer Chemical Engineering? What courses should my child take in high school to better prepare them? What is the cost of books, fees, tuition, room, and board? What financial aid is available for my child? Is there tutoring on campus if my child needs extra help? What is a typical day like on campus for a full-time student? What scholarships are available? When should we apply?
Have a family debriefing. Ask questions such as: Do you see yourself at that college? Can we afford it? What will be your major? What is your career goal? Will that career be in demand in 10 years? Will you make enough to support yourself and your family? What if we need to get loans? Are there scholarships available?
By the way, if your child chooses a S.T.E.A.M. career, a variety of careers are projected to be available.