Using Your Resources
08/25/11 01:31:35 PM
There are lots of tools out there to help high school students make decisions about college. A number of wonderful websites and books can help you make your choice and to tell you what to expect when you get to college. But as you teeter in the limbo between high school and leaving for university, there’s another important tool that just keeps growing in importance. Social networking.
I don’t think I gave this resource the respect it deserves until recently. I’ve been traveling to say goodbye to relatives I won’t see until Christmas and I had the opportunity to talk to my grandmother. She was in awe about how things have changed since she went to college. I told her that I not only know who my five flatmates are, but that I talk to them regularly on Facebook. She told me that she had had no idea who her roommate was going to be or what she was going to be like when she set off to college. I can’t even imagine that.
Though I personally didn’t have the option of choosing my flatmates, lots of colleges have groups set up on social networking sites like Facebook before housing applications are due. Students can post details more personal than the standard written application in hopes of finding a roommate they can write in on their application. Of course, there’s no guarantee that the person that seems Facebook perfect will be the best roommate, but when it comes to having to live so close to another person (or multiple people!) for a whole year, anything to cut down on chance is welcome.
Of course, social networking sites go far beyond roommate connections. Student organizations, Greek life, and intramural sports teams often have pages you can check to see if they fit you before you even step on campus. People like me, who are heading off to schools far away, need to learn about traditions and every day life at their school before they take off. Even if the school is close, everyone is going to have a few questions, especially if the school isn’t a common choice for other students in your area. You’re going to want some frame of reference before you get there. Like I talked about in my previous post, you need to know the typical dress code. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Upperclassmen often get on these pages and are more than willing to share advice on the best restaurants, book stores, and professors.
There are so many resources available to the 21st century college student; you might as well take advantage of them! College is a big step and college websites, books, and social networking can really prepare you to take that step with confidence.