If you are reading this blog, you are either a high schooler who is interested in touring Furman, one of my many borderline-obsessed secret admirers, or someone who is just really passionate about admissions blogs.
To that end, you’re probably thinking about Fall for Furman this weekend – and if you’re not, you’re wondering what the deal with college tours is anyways. They feel, truthfully, a bit like Game of Thrones.
You’re in a strange new environment where everyone is weirdly formal…
try not to be the Hodor of your tour group.
you’re surrounded by people who you feel like are trying to pull one over on you…
“Let me tell you why you should join my organization on campus.”
Your family also won’t be sticking around for too much longer.
And, of course…you know nothing.
So to that end, here’s some advice for making the most of a campus visit whenever you do wind up making.
Firstly, try and talk to some real students! Annoy the heck out of the admissions ambassadors. It’s their job to get annoyed. Have a few ideas of what you’re interested in, whether that’s in the form of a major, an organization, a sports team, etc. If the person you’re talking with isn’t super familiar with what you’re passionate about, get them to put you in contact with somebody who can. I spent my whole first week freshmen year pestering everyone I could about improv until I found someone who was a member to ask about joining.
It’s important to know what you’re looking to get out of it, because I think the largest selling point for Furman isn’t going to be a brochure or any information in a Prince-purple folder. It’s going to be feeling the atmosphere of the campus, the student body, and the opportunities it can provide.
I’d also recommend trying, if possible, to get a feel for the average student life. Hang out in the Starbucks on campus or the library front steps and just enjoy the ambiance. Walk around the lake, hang out in the dining hall.
Even better, see if there’s someone from your high school who goes to Furman that you can connect with. Even if you never spoke much with them, reach out. I got all my first year housing and class advice from a guy I’d barely known, but anybody will be more than happy to reach out to you.
And, of course, get some DH cookies.