Counsellor at CURIO Education
Welcome to my first college counseling related blog post. This is my first serious attempt to write a blog, so do pardon me for any faux pas. I am always open to suggestions and improvements, so if you ever have one (or many) along our journey together, please please please send me a message on your preferred platform (you know what they are if I’m your counselor!). 🙂
“The Right Fit”, a concept that is rather common in the US but foreign to Asian-born and bred ears? Does it really matter, especially when you’re going to be sent halfway across the world – doesn’t it make more sense to base your college list fully on rankings?
WELLLL do you pick your clothes based on what is the priciest outfit? Or on what looks and feels good on you? And if it’s the former then…
Fit is like finding the right dress or outfit to wear – the same outfit may look very different on different bodies. Just because one person likes a certain outfit doesn’t mean another will! The same applies to colleges – just because one student finds a certain college suitable for them, does not mean another will – and that is OKAY!
So how do we go about finding the schools that are the right fit for you?
You should consider a myriad of different factors that will impact your college life.
This includes, but is not limited to:
2. Academic Environment
3. Academic Offering
7. Co-Ed/Single Gender
8. Student Body
9. Student Life
11. Name vs Fit
There are more details on this on Antonoff’s College Values and Qualities Worksheet, which provides you with a comprehensive and well laid-out document to better analyze your preferences.
You are also more than welcome to try out Corsava, which has a more animated and ‘game-like’ format that will assist you in formulating their college fits.
When you have completed either assessment, please send it to me. I will be using this initial list of preferences to start hunting down the best fit colleges for you! 😀
College Fairs are SOOOO fun to visit! Admissions officers from the US (and any other country you are considering) fly in just to speak to prospective students. More often than not, you can also get some cute trinkets like pens, badges, or posters of the schools. #schoolpride!!! I am hoping that college fairs will happen again once the effect of the coronavirus has passed. Here are some college fair events to keep an eye on if you are in China (Shanghai in particular)!
Also, do your best to make a good impression on the admissions officers that you will be speaking to. You will make an impression, either way, so you don’t wanna be an idiot and leave a bad scar on your future application because you asked silly questions. 😛
How not to be a silly duck in college fairs:
The above steps will help you leave a good impression on the admissions officers, which in turn, will help you show a genuine demonstrated interest in the school.
It’s a bummer that we weren’t able to go on Curio’s School Tour this year because of CoVid19, but no fear! There are still ways for you to “visit campus” without ever having to set foot on it. The following websites provide fun video tours around many different university campuses for you to explore!
Also, sign up for your school of interests’ mailing list – many schools are creating their on-campus tours given the lockdown and are sharing the links to the specialized school tours via email! 🙂
Once this virus is over, come to join us for our school tours! Won’t try to pitch it here since the details are on the link. 😉
As you enter your sophomore year in the following fall, here are some things to keep in mind:
*The testing timeline is extremely dependent on student ability.
** Dependent on student’s personal circumstances (ie. Do they already have a major/career they know they want to pursue? Do they have English language skills to do quality college research?)
Juniors and seniors, I haven’t forgotten about you – do hop onto Curio’s Application Timeline For Grade 11 and 12th graders if you need a refresher on what we are doing, and when we are supposed to do it – although I’m sure you are already getting a million messages from your mentor every day to remind you of what needs to be done! 😛
Additional Reading: Freshmen aren’t too young to be thinking about college. Here’s why!
So far, if you have any questions regarding US college research and application timeline, please feel free to leave a message by filling in the form below. I am here to support you! See you next week!