What You Should Know About A Campus Tour
I absolutely never buy clothes online because I want to try them on before spending money. I know I may sound old-fashioned, that online shopping is the future and everybody does it, but I just don’t want to take the chance of wasting my money, even if it’s a small sum.
I think that, when it comes to big investments of money, having the chance to try things before the purchase should be made a rule. Would you ever spend thousands of dollars on something that you have never seen or touched before? I don’t think so.
College is one of the biggest investments of your life—it involves a great amount of money, at least four years of your life and, most importantly, your future depends on it.
Tara Hart, associate director of admissions at ASU, is very clear about it. Visiting the campus is the only way to find out if there is that special connection to the university that will make those four years the right investment for you.
“The tour is the best indicator of how studying at ASU feels,” she said. “Students need to be able to see themselves as students here and feel at home.”
The best time to take a campus tour is as soon as possible during your senior year of high school, in either September or October, so that you can start your last year with a clear idea of what you want for your future, she said.
The worst time to take the tour is definitely during spring break, she added. You really don’t want to come and visit the campus when there are no classes, no students walking around and no events going on. The only thing you will be able to see are the squirrels finally enjoying some quiet time on the campus grounds.
Here at Angelo State, tours are offered every day (except when the university is closed), and last about an hour and 15 minutes. A student guide will take visitors through the most important places on campus, starting from the University Center and including the library, the gym, some academic buildings and Plaza Verde, ASU’s newest residence hall and one that was especially designed to make socializing easier among its residents.
In addition, you can meet with an admissions professional who will highlight in more depth some of the points of the tour and can answer all of your questions.
Tara offered one more piece of advice: Once you have been on campus once, come back and visit the campus at least one more time. Hopefully, the second time you come, you will know what your top three choices are and you will have a better idea of what you are looking for in a college.
Most importantly, Tara says, you should be able to see if ASU has what you need to say, “This is the investment I want to make for my future.”