Brittany Wilson, communications manager for the Visitor Center, gives her perspective on how to make the most of your South Carolina campus visit.
It's September, which means school is back in full swing! You're probably still getting used to your new class schedule, teachers and a new routine. If you're a high school junior or senior, you've probably started dreaming of your future college experience, which can be both exciting and a little stressful.
Do you ever wish there were someone there to help you explore the college admissions process? Are you tired of "googling" college questions and wish you could ask your questions to a real-live person?
Spoiler alert: You can! Those people really exist, and I'm one of them! It's our job as admissions representatives to help you figure out if South Carolina is the best fit for you and answer your questions about applying.
Our reps from all across the country are heading out this month to meet you and your families on the road. We're here to help you understand everything about South Carolina, from touring campus and the city of Columbia to applying to be a Gamecock. We love building solid relationships with students and their families.
Here are a few tips on how to make the most of your relationship with your college admissions rep:
Let us hear from you.
When we hand you our business card and say, "Call or email me," we really do mean it, so don't ever hesitate to reach out! We can even text you from our direct phone lines, so when you think of a question, just pull up our contact in your phone and send a quick message.
Don't be afraid to ask questions.
There is no such thing as a silly question or "too many emails." We want you to make the most of all of your resources to help through the college process. I may be biased, but I really do believe that your regional reps are one of the best resources you could possibly have.
Join a Carolina Conversation.
A Carolina Conversation is simply that - a conversation! It's an informal meeting that may be one-on-one with your regional rep, or it might be a group setting with other prospective students in your area. If you want to meet your rep or maybe connect with other hopeful Gamecocks at a local coffee shop, this is the time to do it!
Catch us during a private visit or college fair.
We visit a ton of high schools all over the country throughout the fall. During the day, we bring Carolina to you by presenting information to small groups of juniors and seniors at individual high schools. College fairs are normally in the evenings and are generally open to all students and families in the area. Come one, come all!
Parents, don't think we forgot about you.
Our email inbox and phone lines are open to you, as well. We know you have just as many questions as students, and oftentimes, they differ. We welcome you to the Carolina Conversations and college fairs in your area, but if your senior doesn't want you tagging along, just know we are only a phone call away.
Hopefully, my team and I will see you on the road this fall. If you're in the Philadelphia metro-area, itis likely we will cross paths through early November. Check out our admissions events calendar to see when we'll be in your town. We would love to connect and help you find your home at South Carolina. See you soon, and as always, go Gamecocks!
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