Have you ever wondered who the people that give campus tours are when you visit a college campus? Do you ever think about why they came to this specific school, or what their majors are? Maybe you wonder about certain aspects about student life, or you ponder what it’s like during a normal weekend on campus. I know that I was always wondering these things during campus tours. It’s probably because I am always asking questions, and more than anything I wanted to make sure that I chose the right school for me.
Now that I am a student ambassador here at Northwestern, I find myself on the other side of things. I am now the one showing people the amazing campus we have here, and I absolutely love it. During my three years in the position of student ambassador, I have given countless tours, eaten lunch with so many prospective students, and have had the pleasure of hosting future students for a night or two in the dorms. With all of my encounters with students who are thinking of being a part of the Northwestern family, I have found that there are a number of things that students should do, ask and think about when visiting Northwestern.
For one thing, never be afraid to ask the questions you have about the school. What better opportunity do you have at getting your questions answered than from someone who has been on campus for a while? I know that I love it when parents and students ask me all sorts of questions about Northwestern.
And, the questions don’t have to be about what is being talked about on the tour. My favorite questions from students are ones such as, “What is your favorite thing to do on campus during the week?” or “What are some things you do in the dorms?” Those type of questions are not only fun for me to answer, but they are helpful for students as it always gives them a better idea of what it’s like here on campus. You can always look on the NWC website to see how many dorms we have, but it will be a lot harder to find out what everyone’s favorite activity is during spring here on campus.
Always be sure to spend a night on campus. Those are the moments where you can fully grasp what it is like to be a student here. For me, spending a few days on campus changed my whole perspective of Northwestern, and I was able to get a better idea of what my day-to-day life would be like as a student here. It is an experience unlike any other, and it may be the best indicator about whether Northwestern is the place for you.
When you visit campus, always ask yourself one thing: “Do I see myself going to school here? Does this place feel and seem like a place where I can spend four incredible years getting an education and getting the opportunity to grow as a person?” When I finally asked myself this question about NWC, it was an absolute no-brainer, and I have never regretted my decision for a second.
Ask the student giving your tour questions, spend a night in the dorms with some awesome NWC students, and ask yourself if Northwestern is the place for you. If you do those things, I have a pretty good feeling that you will find Northwestern to be one amazing place that is unlike any other school. I know I did!