Tips to Make College Tours as Painless as Possible

7:12 PM

I decided to take a break from crafty posts and give you some tips about something very stressful...

It's that moment when parent's really do realize that their kids are moving away soon and going off to start a life of their own. 

DISCLAIMER: NONE of these tips are meant to be offensive or hurtful in any way. I'm just offering tips from a teenager's point of view. Please do not get angry because some of these tips do cover slightly touchy subjects and I apologize if you're offended by my wording or anything.

Tips for Teenagers:
  • Go ahead and judge a book by its cover and sit next to people who appear to be friendly or attractive during the information portion. Most tours for the walking portion are divided up by rows and sections so you'll end up in a group with the people around you
  • Enjoy the process of touring. Try and invision yourself at this school and feel how you'd fit in. Keep an open mind and don't let your tour experience or other people's thoughts deter you from considering the school.
  • Enjoy all the free stuff and collect as many brochures and information to review later. Lot's of colleges give out bags and other cool freebies

Tips for Parents:
  • Avoid bringing other siblings if you can unless they too are looking at colleges. They're bound to get hot, cold, hungry, or tired and won't be interested or enjoy the experience.
  • Bring one parent. If the child really likes the college you can go back with the other. During the information session, it's practically impossible to find 3 or more seats next to each other and during the tour, you'll have a hard time staying together.
  • Avoid being that one parent that asks a million questions. Your child will most likely be annoyed and even embarrased. It will not provide for a good memory of the school. The tour guide will answer most of your questions without you even asking. Don't worry! But a question or two doesn't hurt. Just don't go overboard.
  • Remeber the day is about your teen and NOT reliving the glory days of your college experience, especially if you're touring your alma matr. Just enjoy the tour and make sure you're paying attention to your teen.
  • Bring a parent who is physically able to handle the tour. The tours are usually almost 2 hours of walking and they cover a great distance. If you lag behind, you won't be able to hear any of the information the tour guides provide and you may even get lost

Tips for Both:
  • Dress for the weather. Most tours send around 90 minutes outside walking. You're bound to get  hot or cold.
  • Wear good walking shoes. Again 90 minutes of walking, often up and down hills and stairs and sometimes even on grass or dirt.
  • Don't wear spirit wear from another college. This is self explanitory! Especially don't wear anything from that college's rival
If you have any questions, feel free to either comment or send me an email! I've toured at a bunch of schools. 

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