Stop by the library on Tuesday, Feb. 9th and Wednesday, Feb. 10th from 10a-1p and take a selfie in front of their “Love Your Library” banner! You can also share with them why you love Halle Library. While you are there, you can also take a “shelfie” with your favorite book! Use #emulibrary so the library can share your photos! They will be giving away t-shirts to those who take photos!
You know what makes my brain hurt? College Searching! College searching is one of the hardest things to do. You are in information overload. It seems like 1 million colleges are sending 9 million mailings. Where do you even begin? Admissions Representatives ask if you have questions but you aren’t sure what you should be asking. We know college searching is draining. To help you sort through all of the information and get your ducks in a row, our team of Admissions Advisers here at EMU have put together the top 5 important factors to examine when you are looking for the right school!
1. Find the Right Fit: First and foremost, college searching is all about YOU! You need to find a place that makes you comfortable. This is going to be your home for the next few years. The more comfortable you are, the more likely you are to succeed. Think about what will make you happy. Are you looking for a big school (40,000+ students), a small school (around 10,000 students) or a school that falls somewhere in between? The size of the campus will also has an impact on class sizes. What kind of environment are you looking for? It is important to know a school’s average class size and student:faculty ratio. Finally, VISIT CAMPUS! Make sure that you like the way the campus and people feel (don’t discount this part of your process… and don’t actually feel the people. That’s weird. Moving on!).
2. Programs of Study: Start your college search by asking yourself a very important question: what do you want to be when you grow up? Colleges and Universities across the country offer a wide variety of programs that cover every area of study. However, no college offers every option. For this reason, it is important to think about what you want to do and what degree will get you there. Ask yourself these questions:
- What area do I want to study?
- Do I need an Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, or Doctorate?
This part may take some time and research but it is SOOOOOOOO IMPORTANT! People have been asking you that question your whole life for a reason.
3. Admission Requirements: Obviously it is important to understand how to get in to the schools that interest you. Each school has different admissions criteria that focuses on some or all of the following areas: High School Transcripts, Standardized Test Scores (ACT/SAT), Personal Statements, Letters of Recommendation, Extracurricular Involvement and Volunteer Experience. Each school will weigh and consider these areas differently. Feel free to ask questions about their individual expectations.
4. Cost: Even if this isn’t on your mind, your parents are FREAKIN’ OUT! As the cost of college has risen, it has become one of the most important factors that students consider when selecting a college. Make sure you are considering your own financial situation and having open conversations with your parents about their involvement. Are they willing/able to help cover college costs?
This can also be the trickiest part of college. Make sure that you understand different types of cost such as: Tuition (the cost of classes and instruction), Room and Board (the cost to live and eat on campus, be sure to ask if this cost includes your meal plan), and Fees (the cost of all of the services that the university provides which could include: computers, recreation centers, orientation, laboratory fees, etc).
Finally, make sure you know what aid may be available in terms of scholarships (free money), grants (free money) and student loans (must be repaid). While nobody loves the words “student loans”, each of these kinds of aid will likely help pay for your college tuition. Knowing requirements to get them and keep them is key!
5. Campus Life: In between all of the studying that will inherit your life and break your soul, it is important to find ways to relax and enjoy your college experience. This is supposed to be fun! Make sure to ask about life on campus. What is the make-up of the student body? Is the student body diverse? Does this college offer student organizations? What is there to do on campus when I have finished all of my homework? Does this college have an athletics program?
Campus life is all about your interests. Ask about specific clubs and organizations. Make sure that the campus is not only going to give you the knowledge but the experiences you want.
The bottom line is to RELAX. This is an exciting time! You are about to start a new chapter of your life! If anyone tells you this should be scary, ignore them! You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life. Enjoy yourself, think long and hard about your decision, and listen to your friends and family. Remember, above all else going to college is about you! Your goals. Your dreams. It’s about deciding what you want to do for a career and who you want to become. Take a deep breath. You’ll make the right choice.
Counting Down to the Real World
Written By: Breanna Wooster
Like others, I always laughed at the idea of a New Year’s Resolution. Growing up, I really never saw the point. But this year is different. This year, I will graduate with a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Eastern Michigan University’s College of Business.
This means I will have to go out into the real world and get a real job. Just writing this gives me a sense of real panic in the pit of my stomach. So, I created the following New Year’s Resolutions and priorities to help lead me to success in my impending job hunt and the next New Year:
- Get experience. Every job posting requires experience. Recently, I spoke with my supervisor about what else I can get out of my current job as a graduate assistant in the EMU Office of University Marketing to make me successful in a job interview. We decided writing this blog was a positive first step.
- Network. Network. Network! Seriously. Friends tell me how they landed their jobs through someone they knew far more than those who found one online. So this year I am going to leave the security of my desk and computer screen and consider becoming active in local professional organizations to begin networking. Who knows, maybe someone I talk to knows someone in a business I am curious about.
- Look at job postings. Yes, I have nearly a year to graduate, but it’s time to narrow my search and learn the required skills. Is it some type of certification? Writing samples? Portfolio? If I learn what they are looking for now, I can better prepare myself for a successful career.
- Update my resume. If you’re like me, I tend to let my resume sit around until I see a job I want. Then I pass it along. So, new habit for the New Year: Be ready to update my resume and tailor it to the key words in the job posting as well as my cover letter.
- Job Shadow. From the few I have done, this is the greatest way to learn about different types of jobs. Remember going to the “take your kids to work day” when you were younger? Same idea, but instead you get to follow around someone who has a career you are interested in pursuing. As an added bonus, you get valuable networking experience by spending a full day meeting their colleagues.
By following these resolutions, I hope to land a job that will turn into a lifelong career. Check back to this blog each month as I explore and share lessons I will learn in my last year of college.
Please join me on this journey in counting down to the real world. It’ll be worth your while. Promise.
Breanna Wooster is a graduate assistant in the EMU Office of University Marketing and is pursuing a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Eastern Michigan University’s College of Business.