The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on October 6, 1991 · Page 217
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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 217

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THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER COLLEGE GUIDE Sunday October 6, 1991-3 ADVERTISING SPECIAL It's the College Game! Sizing up your choices CHECKLIST OF CHOICES What 's your preference? WHERE TO GO Local familiar, less expensive, can live at home, many good schools, can sLill meet others In-state close to home but have some Independence, greater variety of choices In schools and studies; may Involve travel expenses, may be costlier Out-of-state unlimited choice of schools, greater variety of fields: but must be more self-reliant, cost often greater, more travel, risk homesickness International chance to become immersed in another culture, interact with students from all walks of life, gain valuable experience for future career; can also be expensive, travel costs, must be extremely self-reliant and open-minded COLLEGE SIZE Urge more maors. activities, people to meet, facilities: often more competitive, higher studentteacher ratios Medium less personal but not overwhelming, good choice of fields, activities, belter class ratios Small personal, small class ratios, focused maors, often less competitive, convenient services WHERE TO LIVE Q At home privacy, home-cooked meals, comfort, familiarity, but harder to concentrate. Isolated from campus activity In a dorm less privacy, more expensive, lake a chance on roommates and neighbors, but closer to school, more Interaction with students and campus events In an apartment some privacy, more expensive, must be self-reliant; can choose roommates. Interact with campus life VOl R TYPE OF COLLEGE LIFE YesNo Fraternitiessororities Minority-focused school Religious-focused school Sports-oriented school Two-year degree offerings Four-year degree offerings Night classes Strong support services Disabled facilities Terhvocalional school International programs Four-year college Many weekend activities Variety of daily activ ities 1 Median student under 25 Urge campus - Low studentteacher ratio TIPS FOR FIDIG VOl R COLLEGE Read everything you can about different schools . Talk with former students about their experiences Visit the school If possible If you can't visit, your local library and the College Information Center have campus-tour videos Check out: journalism, zoology or physical fitness. If you're certain that is, absolutely certain of the career you want for the future, then apply to the schools that have the best grasp of the field you want to learn. You're usually still safe, though, If you want to change your mind later-, you can still transfer majors and schools (and most of your credits) to obtain a different degree If you find out what you chose isn't at all for you. In the '90s, however, most students are opting for schools with a wide range of programs, or at least a choice of fields in the areas in which they have high interest. Liberal arts schools, in particular, are coming to the forefront of college choices as employers are looking for students with more diverse educational backgrounds. When you're uncertain of your future, browse through your college catalogues and write down the areas which Interest you at each school. Then talk with your counselor about why you're attracted to these fields, and discuss which institutions might be the best options for you. Sizing up the surroundings There are many things to consider when you're examining specific colleges, including size, location, atmosphere, student life, teacherstudent ratios, number of libraries and study areas, accessibility to other parts of town, cost of living and so on. The mix of these qualities is unique to each college, but you have to examine your feelings to find which formula is right for you. First, there's the size of the school. You can mingle with thousands of students from all walks of life, or you can get to know everyone on campus in a week. You can hike a mile from one class to another or simply step into the next room. You can choose from hundreds of majors or focus on one field. It depends on what you prefer. Says Lois Von Handorf, registrar for Chatfield College, "Small colleges have small classes that leave time for discussion, and students have the opportunity to talk to the teachers. Also, since the class if you enjoy meeting new people and diving into new experiences alone. Don't discount the benefits of local and In-state colleges, though. Because, even if you're longing for independence and can't afford to go away, you'll find that college will keep you so busy you'll still be on your own in many ways. And you can always transfer later to a larger school, or one which offers a more elaborate program in your major. The Greater Cincinnati area has a wealth of colleges and universities that provide excellent and affordable programs In hundreds of fields, and they're ready to help you choose the school that best suits your needs. At home or alone? Picture it: You're alone in your dorm room no parents, no siblings, no Interruptions. Sound good so far? Add these Ingredients ... your neighbors start playing really loud music ... or you discover you've lost your wallet with all your money ... or you're upset over a bad grade on your math exam ... or you've got the flu. Wouldn't it be nice to have someone around to lake care of you now especially if you're at a college hundreds of miles away from homo? You won't always have someone else there to fight your battles or pick you up when you're feeling low. College is the time when you need to start sticking up for yourself, with or without the help of your parents or friends. Living at home will help you avoid these scenes, but living in a dorm or going to an out-of-town school will give you the chance to discover strengths you've never had a chance to explore. Program promises The most Important aspect of your college education is the knowledge you have when you graduate. Therefore, it pays to choose a college that will provide you with the best education for your money. Some schools are known for their medical programs, others for their business tracks. Some excel in engineering, education or the arts; still others focus on size Is small, students know if they're not here they'll be missed; everyone on the staff knows the students, so they make the effort." Adds Edward Eckel, director of admissions for the College of Mount Saint Joseph, "Because of the lower student ratio at small schools, there Is usually a greater support system at an earlier time when students really need it. But It doesn't mean that to be happy at a small college you have to come from a small high school." And, even though larger schools do have more students, they usually compensate the numbers by having larger counseling and teaching staffs to keep down the lines and class sizes. Gregory Stewart, director of admissions for Northern Kentucky University, comments, "We're a medium-size institution, so we're able to have a greater number of courses than small schools. But class sizes are still small about twenty-five students, not Including the large lecture sections so there's still a lot of accessibility for students." After considering your preference in college size, consider the atmosphere. There arc schools that focus on sports, the arts, studying or partying; schools where most students belong to organizations like sororities and fraternities; schools mainly for commuters; schools where most students are non-traditional and schools that have a combination of all these traits. Look at w ho you are Over 30? An extrovert? A serious student? A sports nut? and think about w here you might fit in. The best thing you can do Is talk to current students; they'll give you a first-hand look at what's going on at each college. Then, visit all the colleges you can, talk to the teachers and administrators, or attend College Nights to get a feel for the schools that will suit your style. Remember, the colleges are looking out for your best Interests, and they want to help you find the school that Is right for you. So, you've jusl opened The Big Book of Colleges' and you're pumped to sit down and spend three hours poring over the choiees. Slop right there. Unless you want to waste a lot of time, there's a better way to dive into the frenzy of searching for a college be prepared. Know beforehand some of the things for which you're looking in a school ... and be honest about your preferences. Out of state, out of mind? Are you looking for a little adventure? Or, do you have ties that are close to home? You'll find It's usually less expensive to stay in-state, but sometimes you can't ignore the call of the wild. Most students manage to strike a balance between cost and distance, though, by attending a college within their city or state, living in dorms, or going to a city where they have an anchor of contact in a relative, employer or friend. Of course, if your dream is to attend "California College of the Cosmos" and you receive a full scholarship, don't let your fear of homesickness stop you. The trick is to think of college as an adventure that will chnngc your life lor the better. The more effort you put into it and benefits you expect to gain from it, the more you will. Some students even go international and love it! Says Gregory Stewart, admissions director for Northern Kentucky University, "We see students from all over the world, and almost every week we talk about doing something new with different countries. We have exchange programs set up with France and Spain, and we've received corporate funding for two students to go to Japan for a year and work at the company after they graduate." Your choice of geographic . location depends mostly on how comfortable you are living on your own ... and how much you can afford to spend each holiday traveling back' home. If you can get financial help from out-of-state colleges, the better off you'll be, especially the number of libraries sports facilities accessibility to the main city cost of living transportation arrangements weekend activities Talk with the college teachers. Ask: J what your maor program Is like If there's labstudio time which new classes are being formed have teachers written books? " are they doing research? J are most professors or aides? (io to College Nights and College Fairs and talk with represenlalives KEEP AN OPEN MINI) AND DON'T GET DISCOl 'RACED! Our Thanks to: CG&EDThe Energy Service Company

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