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11 Great Websites To Plan And Organize Your Group Events Easier Than Ever |

Classé dans : Non classé — 29 mars, 2017 @ 2:02

Divvyus is the place to create shared lists of tasks for others to claim and do. Simply send it to your friends and co-workers and they can easily claim tasks.

Mobaganda is a simple way to plan parties, meetings, get-togethers, conference calls, etc. and track who is coming, and who is not.

There are many websites out there for planning and organizing events or meetings for groups, but getting by free and good ones is not that easy. That is why I am sharing 11 Great Websites To Plan And Organize Your Group Events Easier Than Ever. Read each entry in the list and see which one suits your needs best. is a simple tool that helps you effortlessly find a time to meet. It’s unique calendar interface allows you to select meeting times in an intuitive and user-friendly manner and to see at a glance which times work best for your group.

If you are trying to organise an event with people with little free time it can take a bit of hassle on the part of the organiser to pick a date that the most number of people can make. This website aims to make it easier. You give it some details about the event and who is invited. The website can then email them an invite and then the invitees bring up a (simple) webpage and tell it when they can make and when they can’t.





Hangout is a dead simple tool to manage your meetings invites by sending/receiving emails and alerts.


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Imagine you want to announce an event with participants across different time zones. Simply set the time, in your time zone, and will generate a link for it. If you share this link with others, they will see that time in their own local time zone (and any other zones they choose).




Congregar makes it easy to pick the best date for your event, by asking participants to indicate their availability from the options you offer.

This is a basic public Meetomatic service for selecting dates or AM/PM slots. You can simply use it to set up and arrange meetings.

Hangouts makes it easier to make plans with friends and families. This is a simple, hassle-free planning solution for all the events in your life.

Business partners and friends want to meet with you. Show them when you’re busy and available and let them submit meeting requests to get on your calendar. MeetMe is your central hub for scheduling.

Fasterplan is a collaborative tool that helps you and your friends or colleagues to organize any kind of event.




10 Tips for Finding an Internship

Classé dans : Non classé — 24 mars, 2017 @ 9:24

1. Get to Know Your Professors. Be proactive and establish a friendly relationship with your professors. Take advantage of their office hours. Introduce yourself, mention a sentiment about the class and what you are looking for or interested in.

For more information on internships, check out StudentAdvisor’s Guide to Internships.

4. Work Hard to Find an Internship. Just like you work hard to maintain your grades and succeed in school, you will need to work hard to find an internship. Don’t rely on your school to provide possible internships – you have to put in additional effort as well.

3. Utilize Your Social Network. Tap into your immediate social network, and take it from there. For instance: if your classmate’s mother works in the finance industry and you are interested in working in finance, ask if you could set up an informational interview with her. Make sure to ask about her day-to-day responsibilities, and what some of the challenges are. As always, be sure to follow-up and send a nice thank you note or email. Mention something like, “By the way, if an internship opens up, please let me know…” Talking to people you already know who are in the industry you may be interested in, is a great way for students to gain info about prospective career opportunities.

6. Be Proactive and Professional. Dress in appropriate business attire, and bring resumes and coverletters to interviews. Visit 8-10 target companies, and submit your resume to hiring managers and/or other relevant people there. Ask to speak to people directly – that way they can put a face to your resume.

7. Create a Professional Email. While nicknames or other aliases may have been cool in high school, recruiters may not take you seriously. Create a simple email address with your name in it. When corresponding via email, make sure to follow up within 24-48 hours – but the sooner, the better.

2. Use Your College’s Resources, like career services and online job boards. Be aware that there are plenty of other internship resources out there as well.

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5. Create a LinkedIn Profile. LinkedIn is the most professional social networking site, and can be used to find jobs, be recruited, or network with other professionals.

9. Check Out College Resources and Placement academic writing Statistics. Contact the career services offices at your college, or the college you are interested in attending, and see what support they can offer you to find internships. They may have career fairs, company visits, etc. Also, ask to see placement figures for both internships and post graduation employment.

Check out these tips for finding an internship:


Dr. Dawn Chandler is the Professor of Management at the Orfalea College of Business at California Polytechnic State University.

8. Search. Use your local chamber of commerce to search for available internships. Or, use a search engine like Google to do research on companies you would like to intern at.

10. Control Your Facebook Privacy Settings. Make sure your Facebook profile is professional. Remove any inappropriate photos, videos, wall posts, comments, etc. Make sure they are also removed from your friends’ pages as well. Recruiters may try to find you, or your friends, on Facebook to see what you’re really like. It is always good to become a fan or “like” the target companies on Facebook to stay up to date with their status updates, posts, events, and news. It will also show that you have researched them and done your homework.

Finding an internship can sometimes be a time-consuming and challenging process. Internships are a great way to gain real work experience, and develop a network of professional contacts.

5 language facts about the European Union | OxfordWords blog

Classé dans : Non classé — 22 mars, 2017 @ 5:41

1. There are over 200 languages spoken in the countries of the EU, but only 24 official languages. You can see the full list of these 24 official languages on the EU’s website. You can also find examples of how each is written as well as listen to samples of what they sound like.

The European Union was established on 1 November 1993; in order to mark this anniversary, let’s take a look at some of the languages spoken in the EU.

Additionally, all are written with a Latin-based alphabet except for Greek, which uses the Greek alphabet, and Bulgarian, which uses Cyrillic.

2. The European Commission is one of the largest language translation and interpretation services in the world with 1,750 linguists, 850 support staff, 600 staff interpreters, and 3,000 freelance interpreters.

  • The opinions and other information contained in OxfordWords blog posts and comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of Oxford University Press.
  • 4. Speaking of Cyrillic, Russian is not an official language of the EU but it is the sixth most common language, after English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian. This is largely due to immigrant population and its popular choice as a second (or third!) language. And of course, historically, it was taught compulsorily in countries of the former Soviet Union.

    5 language facts about the European Union

    3. The majority of official EU languages are Indo-European, however there are also a few Finno-Ugric languages: Estonian, Finnish, and Hungarian, as well as one Semitic language: Maltese. Basque, which is a descendant of a pre-Indo-European language of obscure origin, has official status regionally within Spain while not being an official EU language.

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    5. English is spoken by more than half the entire population of the EU, although German has the most native speakers. English is the most popular choice of second language for almost all the countries in the EU.

    ‘Horizontally written letters’: Japanese debates on loanwords | OxfordWords blog

    Classé dans : Non classé — 22 mars, 2017 @ 1:11

    The Japanese vocabulary is generally classified into three layers, wago 和語 (native Japanese vocabulary), kango 漢語 (Sino-Japanese loans), and gairaigo 外来語 (other loanwords). As the Japanese orthography is based on the Chinese writing (Chinese logographic characters, kanji 漢字, as well as two set of phonetic syllabaries made by simplifying the characters), Sino-Japanese loans have a long-established status in Japanese since the introduction of the Chinese characters in Japan in the fifth to sixth century. The knowledge of the Chinese language (Sino-Japanese loans, together with Chinese characters and Japanese rendition of Chinese texts, kanbun 漢文) remained for a long period an essential part of elite education in pre-modern Japan, comparable to Latin in Medieval Europe. Today, Sino-Japanese loans account for nearly half of the Japanese lexicon. On the other hand, gairaigo, which literally means ‘words that come from outside’, account for at least 10% of the Japanese lexicon, and it mainly refers to Western loanwords and the majority today come from English. The use of gairaigo is rapidly increasing, not only in specific fields that are traditionally associated with loanwords such as information technology, fashion, and pop culture, but also in more general fields such as health, politics, and administration.

    The use of foreign loanwords can be a contentious issue. The public attitude towards loanwords not only reveals their view on foreign influences but also demonstrates how the national language or culture is perceived in a given society. The case of contemporary Japan constitutes an interesting case study in this regard.

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    Firstly, loanwords are often referred to as katakanago カタカナ語 which literally means ‘words that are written in katakana’. This is based on the fact that loanwords are visually distinctive in Japanese script, as they are written with a separate set of syllabaries called katakana カタカナ. This makes Western loanwords stand out in comparison to the rest of Japanese writing (including Sino-Japanese loans) that consists of kanji as well as hiragana ひらがな, another set of syllabaries. Therefore one often sees newspaper articles suggesting that katakanago is an unnecessary adjunct to ‘the Japanese language’, despite supposedly constituting of the three layers of the Japanese lexicon.

    For or against?

    A Japanese text can thus be written either horizontally or vertically regardless of whether or not it includes Western loanwords. However, the terms yokogaki and yokomoji are still frequently used as synonyms to gairaigo. Is there still an ‘Eastern and Western’ demarcation in the mind of the Japanese?

    The difference between ‘Western’ and ‘Eastern’ languages now seems like an antiquated idea, as the rapid advancement of information technology has been blurring the national and linguistic boundaries. However, the terms yokogaki and yokomoji demonstrate an endurance of the perceptual distinction rooted in the beginning of the modern period when everything ‘occidental’ was seen as novel and different. These expressions can thus be considered a symbol of Japanese ‘Eastern identity’.

    At the same time, however, these terms also denotes the risk of the Japanese falling into a ‘self-orientalization’ of their own language. The rejection, or even acceptance, of loanwords under the name of ‘horizontal writing’ can cause mental blockages towards European loanwords. Indeed, one often hears such expressions as ‘I am not good with horizontal writing’, meaning ‘I am not good at understanding Western loanwords’. Those who use such expressions do not necessarily criticize all the Western vocabulary used in Japanese. Indeed, they do use well-assimilated Western loanwords such as terebi テレビ (television) and rajio ラジオ (radio). Thus, what they are really referring to through these expressions are words that were recently introduced in Japan, the meaning of which is not fully understood by all. Those new words tend to refer to an idea or a concept that is unfamiliar in Japan, such as aidentitî アイデンティティー (identity) and konpuraiansu コンプライアンス (compliance). However, the terms yokogaki and yokomoji in public discussion on loanwords may result in the general estrangement of Western values from the Japanese society, albeit unconsciously. Whether or not such self-orientalization is already happening is open to interpretation. However, the fact that words such as yokogaki and yokomoji are being used interchangeably for gairaigo alone can suggest one of the reasons why the use of Western loanwords is so controversial in contemporary Japan.

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    Vertical or horizontal?

    Secondly and more interestingly, loanwords are also referred to as yokomoji 横文字 which literally means ‘horizontally written letters’, or yokogaki 横書き(horizontal writing). This is based on the fact that Japanese is traditionally a language written vertically, whereas Western languages are written horizontally. Japanese, like Chinese, was originally only written from top to bottom and from right to left. Thus, the expressions yokomoji and yokogaki were introduced to refer to Western languages or Western loanwords as opposed to Eastern languages and vocabulary. In other words, the expressions symbolize the difference between Western and Eastern languages.

  • The opinions and other information contained in OxfordWords blog posts and comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of Oxford University Press.
  • ‘Horizontally written letters’: Japanese debates on loanwords

    Loanwords remain ‘horizontal’

    However, these expressions are no longer accurate since Japanese texts nowadays are also often written horizontally. Horizontal writing was introduced in Japan in pre-modern times mainly during the Edo Period (1603-1868) through contact with the Dutch and became increasingly dominant with the modernization of the country. Initially, horizontal writing was done from right to left based on the idea that it is still vertical writing but with each line consisting of one letter. Horizontal writing from left to right as practised in Western languages became more common after the Second World War. Today, horizontal writing from left to right is dominant in various fields such as emails, online contents, magazines, and school textbooks for subjects other than Japanese, while vertical writing is still common in other fields, such as newspapers, literature, and textbooks for Japanese classes.

      Fierce debates on the use of gairaigo are often conducted in Japanese media, especially in newspapers. On the one hand, some argue that gairaigo is corrupting the ‘beautiful language’ and preventing those who do not understand difficult gairaigo terms from accessing information. On the other hand, proponents argue that gairaigo is a symbol of the versatility of the Japanese culture that wisely absorbs external influence in a time of internationalization. While such debates are not unique to Japan, looking at synonyms for gairaigo reveals the ways in which loanwords are perceived in Japan.

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    Are You Sending Emoji or Emojis? | Writing Service Blog

    Classé dans : Non classé — 15 mars, 2017 @ 7:32

    While emojis first conquered Japan’s cellphone market, emoticons got their start in the United States. Carnegie Mellon professor Scott E. Fahlman is widely credited with creating the smiley face emoticon when he used it in a 1982 email. Years later, he took issue with emojis, declaring the tiny faces and objects “ugly.” Emojis came to the United States in 2011 when Apple released iOS 5 and truly internationalized a subset of the symbols. But although Apple debuted emojis in the United States, they had already been formally accepted by the computing industry a year earlier, when Unicode Standard version 6.0 added hundreds of emojis to the world’s standard for coding written characters.

    For the sake of utility, it’s probably easiest for English speakers to agree on “emojis” as the plural of “emoji.” However, the Oxford English Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Dictionary, and others have long listed both “emoji” and “emojis” as options. Even the AP Stylebook has softened its stance on the issue: although the guide came out strongly on the side of “emojis” in 2013, this year’s update added “emoji” as an acceptable plural.

    The Long Answer—It’s Complicated

    The discussion of emoji pluralization is both simple and complex, but, simply put, English usually makes plurals using English plural rules. To quote Mark Allen, a board member of the American Copy Editors Society, “When words enter English, we usually make them play by our rules, so I think ‘emojis’ has the edge. A corollary might be the Japanese word ‘tsunami.’ We’re more likely to speak of ‘a series of tsunamis’ rather than ‘a series of tsunami.’”

    The debate between these two top essay writing pluralizations of emoji has been raging for almost as long as emojis have existed. To quote Bustle writer Lucia Peters, the answer to this question is both “incredibly simple and unexpectedly complicated.”

    Of course, emoji isn’t the only loanword that suffers from plural confusion. Many Japanese words have difficult or inconsistent plurals in English, as do many loanwords from other languages, most notably Italian and Latin. Ever tried to figure out the correct plural of “ignoramus?” You’ll understand the loanword irregular plural struggle.

    What do you call those tiny pictures we all use in texts and chats? Do you opt for the Japanese-inspired “emoji” or the English-focused “emojis”?

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    When emojis were exported to the United States, the debate about their name began. In Japanese, the answer to this question is simple, since the plural of emoji is simply emoji. This is why some purists insist on a group of “emoji,” but they are probably the same pedants who insist on a string of “tsunami” and a series of “virtuosi.” However, as Allen pointed out, English has a long history of pluralizing words from Japanese according to its own rules.

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    The word emoji comes from Japan, where the tiny, emotionally expressive pictures have existed since the 1990s. Emojis were created by Shigetaka Kurita, a Japanese pager and cellphone designer who was inspired by Japanese kanji and the preexisting kaomoji to create a new form of mobile expression.

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    The Associated Press took a hard stand on this issue in March 2013, making it one of the first style guides to draw a line in the sand in favor of “emojis.” Since then, major publications like The Atlantic and The New York Times have mostly adopted this spelling as well, and the emoji-tracking dictionary Emojipedia has officially supported the “-s” pluralization for ease of use. Although neither spelling is technically incorrect, “emojis” follows the normal inflection pattern of English nouns, giving it a slight advantage over “emoji.”

    The Short Answer—Emojis

    Where Does “Emoji” Come From?

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    A Safe and Easy Way to Collaborate and Learn | Writing Service Blog

    Classé dans : Non classé — 15 mars, 2017 @ 3:03

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  • Collaboration: in our school division we have also created grade-a-like groups where teachers can share professional and teaching materials.Professional development is no longer isolated to a “sit and spit” session but now have the capability to have learning on their own time at a click of a mouse or on a hand-held device.
  • Convenience: Writing Service has streamlined our instruction time and has given teachers so much flexibility to present their lessons in a timely manner. Teachers were using a variety of applications to curate resources, share websites, and present lessons to their students. With Writing Service, all of their necessary materials are now centralized. With its integration with Google Apps has made it convenient to find resources.
    • Darryl Postnikoff is a Technology Coordinator for Holy Family RCSSD #140 in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada.

    • Cost: with tough budget cuts to education, Writing Service offers their program free to schools.
    • We also like the idea of Parents being a part of the learning process. When parents log on they can see first hand what is happening in the classroom and what outcomes are being taught. Engaging parents in the learning process is vital to the success of our students.

      Why We Chose Writing Service

      Our school division has been looking for a solution to centralize all of our learning in one place. We previously looked at other solutions but have found that Writing Service solves all of our challenges as it engages all of our stakeholders in a safe and secure online program.

      We love the fact that Writing Service involves all of our stakeholders, teachers, students and parents. Writing Service engages all in the learning and teaching process. Teachers are able to post the outcomes that they are working on and how these outcomes are being taught. Students have the ability to log on and are then able to be a part of the learning community. Instead of teachers always being the purveyor of all knowledge, students are able to provide answers and are responsible and accountable for looking after the online classroom. If someone posts a question – other are able to answer. We want our students to be good digital citizens and once again Writing Service provides us with the platform to provide this for our students.

    You have to try it out. Writing Service is simply genius. I have been looking for an application that resembles 21st century learning. Writing Service brings life to the classrooms by engaging students and teachers in the learning process. Writing Service simplifies the digital learning process by combining many outside applications into one convenient and easy to use program. Writing Service has moved our schools into the social media age.

    There are many features of Writing Service that our school division loves. First of all I have to commend this program on their safety and privacy. Our first priority is the safety of all of our students. Writing Service gives us that security by having the teachers have full control of their classrooms. We like the idea of locking our classrooms once all of the members have entered the room. Teachers love the fact that they are in-control and students feel safe by knowing that only the people in their class can see what is being posted.

    This post is part of our Writing Service Spotlight series which highlights Writing Service teachers, schools, and districts. If you are interested in being featured, please complete this form.

    As a District Administrator I like the safety feature of knowing who is on our domain and how Writing Service is being used through the analytics feature. I like the fact that I can associate our teachers to their own schools and I feel as though teachers feel much more secure knowing that we have someone in control at the Central Office level.

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    4 Med School Interview Myths Busted

    Classé dans : Non classé — 14 mars, 2017 @ 10:42

    • Interviewing with Impact: How to Make an Impression in Your Medical School Interviews

    Myth #3: Clothes Make the Man (or Woman)

    In dispelling the common myths about interviews, I hope that you are able to see how much power you actually have in the medical school interview process. Your preparation will be critical to your success.  It’s necessary for you to practice taking on this level of responsibility in representing yourself.  While it is tempting to give your power away by believing that the interviewer has all the answers and control, you now know this isn’t the case.  Hopefully this information will empower you to focus all of your energy on your preparation. Start by scheduling a mock interview!

    Myth #4: You Are Powerless

    Most people believe that the interviewer is the person in charge in an interview. However, you decide what you share about yourself and what the interviewer takes away from the experience. You are actually the most powerful person in the room.  Ultimately, the way you present yourself and the information you choose to focus on will determine whether you are offered an acceptance or not.

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    Congratulations if you have received an invitation to interview! You have won the attention of an adcom in submitting essays that have persuaded them to interview you.  In reaching this step in the application process, you will have a new set of challenges to prepare for in order to receive an acceptance.  To help you prepare, I will dispel some of the most common myths.

    You may be worried that the interviewer will know everything about you and your application. This is not the case. Often the interviewer will not have time to read your application in detail before meeting you. It’s best to approach each interview as if it is “blind,” meaning that they do not know anything about you. You should introduce yourself and discuss your activities clearly and with careful explanation so that they can easily understand the nature of your experiences and the timeline of events.  If you leave out information or skip details because you assume that they already know this about you, you may be hurting yourself.  Start at the beginning and don’t assume anything.

    • The 5 Most Important Tips for Your Medical School Interview
    • Medical School Admissions 101

    Alicia McNease Nimonkar is an Accepted advisor and editor specializing in healthcare admissions. Prior to joining Accepted, Alicia worked for five years as Student Advisor at UC Davis’ postbac program where she both evaluated applications and advised students applying successfully to med school and related programs.

    All of us have made mistakes at some point in our lives. In an application process, no concept is more intimidating than the possible threat of an unforgiving “permanent record” that will reveal all of our biggest mistakes. Luckily, there is no such thing as a “permanent record.”  When you attend an interview, you should be prepared to discuss anything you’ve included in primary and secondary applications.  Any information provided in those essays is fair game for discussion.

    While a “permanent record” does not exist, there is a criminal record—this includes any misdemeanors or felonies. These have to be disclosed in the primary application and can prevent your application from serious consideration depending on the number and nature of offenses.

    Myth #1: The Permanent Record

    While this medieval adage holds true in most circumstances, it’s best to avoid overdressing or under-dressing for your interview. There has been a lot of research on the psychology of clothing.  What you wear matters but be careful not to overdo it.  Wearing Gucci sunglasses or carrying a Brahman bag will not win you any extra points!  In fact, if you make these accessories the focus of your interview, it will provide insight on what you consider important. While you may talk about how much you enjoyed volunteering that summer in Guatemala, your designer style make contradict your statements. Dress simply and professionally. You should be the focus of the interview.

    Myth #2: The Interviewer is Omnipotent

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    $50 Million Gift to Harvard University

    Classé dans : Non classé — 14 mars, 2017 @ 6:12 ~ Helping You Write Your Best

    See the Harvard Gazette article for more info.

    The Blavatnik Family Foundation donated $50 million to Harvard University to launch the development of a major initiative to support early-stage breakthrough therapies and cure of diseases, reports a recent article in the Harvard Gazette.

    The gift will create the Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator to identify new technologies and prepare them for commercial development and licensing, as well as the Blavatnik Fellowship in Life Sciences Entrepreneurship Program at HBS. This program will provide MBA students with life science entrepreneur experience through exposure to the work done through the Accelerator.

    The dean of HBS, Nitin Nohria adds, “By bringing together expertise and experience from across Harvard, the Accelerator and the HBS Fellows program will further enhance Harvard’s commitment to innovative research and entrepreneurship. With student interest in entrepreneurship at an all-time high and with the resources of the essay writing websites University’s Innovation Lab and HBS’s Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at the ready, we are well positioned to make the most of this generous gift from the Blavatnik Family Foundation.”

    The Blavatnik Family Foundation is headed by Harvard Business School alum Len Blavatnik (MBA ’89). “By partnering with Harvard’s world-class biomedical research division, I am delighted to help accelerate the development of new therapies,” says Blavatnik. “Moreover, by increasing the collaborative efforts between Harvard Business School and Harvard’s scientific community, we will empower the next generation of life science entrepreneurs and provide a further catalyst for innovation and research development.”

    11 Things to Do When You Visit a College Campus

    Classé dans : Non classé — 14 mars, 2017 @ 3:30

    • These notes will help you remember the experience and will come in handy when writing college-specific essay responses.

    What sorts of things should I do when I visit?

    What if I can’t travel to visit colleges?

    In general, the best time to visit is while college classes are in session (avoid finals and breaks whenever possible) so you can experience the campus with students bustling around. In addition, this presents opportunities to sit in on classes, speak to current students and faculty, and possibly coordinate an overnight stay on campus. When it comes right down to it though, you have to visit when your schedule permits—spring break, long weekends, any time you can get away. Plan as much in advance as possible and contact the schools to try to arrange campus tours and find out what might be happening at the school during the time of your visit.

    • Remember to record contact information so you can follow-up at a future date.

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    1. Put together a list of things you think might be important to you.

    • Write down any questions that arise.

    When should students begin visiting colleges?

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    Whatever you are able to do along the way will help you to figure out what characteristics of particular schools are most appealing to you. At each school, try to imagine yourself there. Be honest about how you feel. Consider how that particular school might help you achieve your goals for the future. In the end, this is all about trying to identify schools that are good-fits for you.

    Although it is difficult to underestimate the impact of physically experiencing the college in person, it is possible to get a sense of the campus by taking a virtual tour. Most college websites offer visual tours. In addition, you can reach out via email to admission officers for your geographic area and faculty within your major of interest. You should also follow blogs for prospective students at schools to gain additional insights.

    2. Take notes:

    10. Walk around as many parts of the campus as possible.

    4. Speak with a Financial Aid Officer.

    • How does the atmosphere feel? Too big? Too small? Too hectic? Too quiet? Too remote? (You get the idea!)

    • Record your gut reactions—write down anything that stands out to you.

    • How to Choose a College Admissions Consultant

    6. Sit in on a class in a subject area of interest.

    • Selecting Your High School Courses: Is a B Better Than an A?

    Some students start much earlier, beginning in freshman year — consider incorporating college visits with campus tours if/when you travel to different places on vacation. This will help you to get a sense of what different colleges have to offer and what you like and dislike about certain atmospheres. It is also a good idea to do your first visit to university essay writing service a nearby college. It will be easy to get to, inexpensive to visit, and will provide a nice foundation for evaluating other schools. Try another visit to the local after you visited several others—it will be interesting to see if your perspective changed since your initial visit.

    • Consider the time of year you are visiting (what might the campus be like in other seasons?).

    5. Schedule an admissions interview.

    3. Take a campus tour.

    Whether you are finishing up middle school or in your senior year of high school, here are some things to consider as you plan your college visits:

    11. Walk around the town/community surrounding the campus.

    By Marie Todd, Accepted’s college admissions specialist. Marie has worked in college admissions for over twenty years. She has both counseled applicants and evaluated applications. Most recently she evaluated 5000+ applications for the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts; College of Engineering; School of Kinesiology. She is available to assist you (or your child) with your applications. Want Marie to help you get accepted? Click here to get in touch!

    7. Arrange a time to speak with professors.

    8. Chat with current students (ask them what they like most and least about the school).

    9. Eat on campus (in the dining hall or cafeteria if possible).

    This answer varies depending on when you are reading this blog. Ideally, you would start visiting campuses in your junior year. Late August and early September can be particularly good times as many colleges will already be in session. This can help you narrow down your choices for where you will apply. If you are a senior and have already applied, you can wait until after you hear back from schools as most schools host admit-days to try to convince admitted students to attend.

    When is the best time of year for high-school students to visit colleges?

    118 Great Questions to Ask on a College Tour | NerdyMates Blog

    Classé dans : Non classé — 10 mars, 2017 @ 4:41

    If you have an amazing visit, then you might feel that much more empowered to put together a stellar application. If not, then you might save an application fee and cross that school off your list.

    • Do most students study abroad on a program through the school or an external program?
    • What kind of internships are available? Do a lot of students get internships?


    • How much freedom do freshmen have in choosing courses?
    • Are there movie theaters and concert venues? What about good cafes for getting work done or finding the perfect pumpkin spice latte?
    • What kind of resources are there for international student support and orientation?
    • Do you have a psychology major?
    • Is there free academic support or tutoring? Is it effective?


    Your first step is scheduling and signing up online for your college tours, as well as any other meetings or overnight stays. The best time to tour is when classes are in session so you can get the truest sense of the college in action.

    I would suggest researching the website first, so you’re not asking about info that’s readily available online. Then you can use that base knowledge as a stepping off point for other queries, like the ones below:

    • Have there been any recent student protests? What were they protesting, and how did staff and faculty respond?

    Have friends who also need help with test prep?

    • What sort of student might not be happy here?


    Let’s consider what questions would be appropriate for tour guides, divided up by academics, support resources, internships, study abroad programs, extracurriculars, residential life, and general culture. Finally, we’ll suggest some personal questions for your tour guide. As you read, consider which questions you’d like answered, and how you might customize them to meet your specific interests and needs!

    • Do any majors require seniors to write a thesis or complete a senior project?
    • What kind of classes have smaller section meetings? What are they like?

    If you want to meet with an admissions officer, make sure to set up a meeting via email or calling beforehand. If it’s application season, usually March and April, try to schedule this a few weeks early to make sure they’re not too busy to meet with prospective students. Then have your list of questions ready to show that you prepared and are ready to make the most of your conversation. Here are a few questions you might ask.

      • Can you tell me more about the application evaluation process?
      • Do certain dorms appeal to students with different interests, like a “healthy living” dorm?



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    How to Prepare for Your College Tours

          • Are there opportunities through the school for summer internships or research?

    If you have the means and time to do so, you should definitely take advantage of campus tours. They’re an invaluable opportunity to explore your prospective college campuses, as well as their surroundings areas in person.

          • Are finals more exam-based or project / essay-based?
          • Do you have any advice for applicants? Does this differ for early versus regular decision applications?
          • What are typical requirements, like exams, papers, or presentations in a semester?

    Once you’ve found some exciting schools, head on over here to learn when to apply. This comprehensive guide goes over the various application deadlines you need to know, along with some examples of regular and early deadlines for popular schools.

          • What are the hours for the library? Do these change during reading periods or exam weeks?
          • In what ways do students connect with and volunteer in the surrounding community?
          • What’s a typical weekday like for you?

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    • What transportation options are there around campus?


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    • When was the school founded?
    • Are there any aspiring chefs on campus who host occasional exclusive gourmet pop-up dinners? (This question may be exclusive to this kid and this kid. So cool!)


    Besides customizing to your interests, you also would be well served to prepare different questions for different people. This first group of good questions to ask on a college tour would be best suited to your tour guide or other current students of the college.

    Besides sampling the dining food or hanging out on the quad, you can also learn a lot about the student experience from your tour guide, usually a current student, and other students that you meet. You might arrange to stay overnight in a dorm or set up meetings to speak with admissions officers, financial aid officers, and/or professors.


    • Are any students placed in triples?
    • Are there any things you’d like to change about the school?


    118 Great Questions to Ask on a College Tour

    Like the fearless owner of this rainbow Beetle, don’t be afraid to customize your college visit questions.


    • Do you have an active alumni network?
    • Is there career counseling? Is it helpful?
    • What other opportunities are available outside of the classroom to reinforce my learning, like cultural clubs or festivals?


    On a similar note, you may avoid asking questions that are overly personal and not helpful to others in the group when you’re on your tours. While it’s fine to ask about certain departments, I wouldn’t advise sharing your life story and then asking your tour guide (or a professor, for that matter) to speculate about your admissions chances. She probably can’t speak to highly specific concerns, and your fellow tour group members won’t find it helpful either. If your question feels like TMI for a group setting, then cross it off your list.


    • Are the professors accessible outside of class?
    • How many students receive merit-based scholarships? How much is offered?
    • Are some majors or departments considered stronger or more popular than others?
    • What’s it like to study in your major?


    Based on these guidelines and suggestions, you probably have a sense of the kind of questions to ask on a college tour that will help you make the most of your campus visits. Most are prompts that may open into a more in-depth discussion. That being said, how can you use these questions to prepare for your college tours?


    • How many hours of class do students typically have each week? How much homework outside of class?
    • How ethnically diverse is the campus?
    • Are there internship opportunities abroad?
    • What information do you require besides the FAFSA?
    • Are study abroad programs popular? Any ones in particular?
    • Do students organize study groups or online discussion forums?
    • How many students are in the freshman class?


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    • Do most students live in the dorms? What about after sophomore or junior year? If they move off campus, do they live in apartments or shared houses?


    Residence Life

    A final good rule of thumb to follow is to avoid asking basic questions that can be easily answered via Google or a quick search of the school’s website. For instance, questions like the following fall into that category:


    • What sort of student would succeed here?
    • What are the strengths of your program? Department?


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    • What kind of food does the dining hall serve? Are there different options? How is it, really?
    • How’s the Wi-Fi?
    • Does the dining hall accommodate special dietary restrictions?
    • What’s unique about this college?


    • Can I renegotiate my offer if it’s lower than I expected?
    • What would I do in case of a conflict or need for a room switch? Is that possible?
    • Is there a writing center to help with essays and research papers?
    • How many international students are there? What countries do they come from?

    Finally, meeting with a professor could be a great way to make contact and learn about a department and class, especially if you have a strong sense of what you want to study. You can learn about her teaching style, the department’s approach, and any opportunities for independent projects or research.

    Since you should prepare questions and take notes on the answers, I recommend writing them down and bringing a notebook (paper or electronic) to take notes. You’ll be getting a lot of information, along with walking around and seeing everything, so it will be useful to have a record to which you can refer at the end of the day.

    • Would you describe any classes as especially innovative or project-based?

    Tell me, Professor McGonagall, how serious are you about deadlines?

    • What’s your favorite class and why?
    • What do you wish you had asked on a campus tour when you were in my place?
    • What clubs or other opportunities exist for community service?
    • Can you tell me about career placements or grad school acceptances for graduates?
    • Where do students tend to hang out on and off campus?
    • What kind of materials would I use in your class?
    • What percentage of students graduate in four years?
      • How large of a role do SAT scores play in admissions?

    As mentioned above, tour guides are typically current students who went through the same college application process just a few years earlier! Most tour guides are also, presumably, happy about their choice to attend. I wouldn’t recommend prying into their high school grades and test scores, but there are other personal questions that are fair game, like the following:

    Questions to Ask Your Tour Guide or Other Current Students

        • Do sports play a large role on campus? What divisions are the sports teams? What about intramurals or exercise classes?


    • Are there any research methods or databases I should learn about for my classes?
    • How helpful did you find your freshman year advisor?


    I know, I know, they say there are no dumb questions – but there may be some worth keeping to yourself on your college visits. For instance, I mentioned above that it would probably be inappropriate to ask your tour guide to recite her high school resume to see how your grades, scores, and involvements stack up. While she can talk about her experiences applying and attending, asking for specific info like that would probably cross the line from curious to prying.


    • What are the dorms like? Are there lounges, laundry, and kitchens? Shared or private restrooms?
    • What kind of learning disability resources does the school offer?


    You don’t want to put your tour guide too much on the spot, but you should feel free to ask about her experience at college!

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    • Can you talk about the fill-in-the-blank club? (Examples might include the student newspaper, student magazine, international relations clubs, art groups, science clubs, musical performances, plays, bands, ensembles…whatever you’re interested in!)


    In addition to asking questions and jotting down notes on the responses, you should take the time to observe everything going on around you. Beyond viewing the facilities, try to notice how the staff responds to you or how students interact with one another. Perhaps most importantly, is it a place where you’d feel comfortable?

    Most college tour guides are big fans of their colleges and are enthusiastic to share why. They tend to know lots of history and fun facts about the school, but you shouldn’t necessarily expect them to rattle off specific data and statistics about graduation rates and financial aid packages (save those kinds of questions for administrative officers).


    • Is it a safe area to walk around at night? What kind of safety measures are in place?
    • Are students usually able to take their first choice courses?
    • Are academic advisers accessible and effective?


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    Campus Culture and Surrounding Area


    • What are some opportunities for work-study?


    All of these are good topics to discuss with a financial aid officer.

    You can check out the school’s facilities, like the library, dorms, dining halls, gym, and science labs, as well as branch out to see its surrounding city or, if you’re aiming for rural, dairy farms. Gathering your impressions of your college’s campus and beyond will help you gain a much stronger sense of whether or not it’s a place you’d like to live and learn for four years.

    You certainly don’t need to go overboard with the college tour questions. I would suggest preparing five to ten of your most important questions for each person (student, admissions officer, professor, etc). You may find you should choose about three during your tour, while you may be able to ask a lot more during a one on one conversation or meeting. Better to over-prepare than under-prepare, and you could list your highest priority questions at the top to make sure you get to them first.

        • Do you offer any opportunities for students to do research?
        • Are there other scholarships that students can apply for at the time of application?

    As you can see, there’s a wide range of questions you could prepare to ask tour guides, admissions officers, financial aid officers, and professors. In addition to knowing what to ask, it can also be useful to know what not to ask. Are there any questions you shouldn’t ask on your campus tours?

    Touring your prospective colleges is a great opportunity to learn from the people who study, work, and teach on campus. By keeping your eyes and ears open, you can gain a strong sense of a school and its culture, far beyond the facts and figures on its website.


    • Is there anything you wish you had done differently to improve your experience here?
    • Are there computer labs?
    • What do you wish you had known going into freshman year?
    • What’s your favorite spot you’ve discovered on campus since arriving?
    • Can undergraduates work with professors on research?


    For more technical information on admissions policies and financial aid offers, you might set up meetings with the relevant offices. Read on for questions to ask the administrative staff.

    Your tour guide, along with any other current students you meet, is a great resource for honest, firsthand feedback about the student experience. As students, they’re likely to have similar experiences and concerns as you, and they can give you a sense of what’s in store if you’re accepted and decide to enroll in the college.

      • What are your expectations for students in your class?

    Questions to Ask an Admissions Officer

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      • What leads most students to choose this college?
      • Do the professors hold office hours? How often can students interact with professors outside of class?
      • What’s the party scene like? (This might be a question to ask current students away from the group tour.)

    All of these people can offer their unique perspectives and experiences, especially if you ask meaningful college tour questions that lead to broader conversations. As everyone reading this will have different goals, keep in mind that you should pick and choose based on your specific interests. If a question asks about popular classes in general, for instance, you can adapt it to ask specifically about popular classes in, say, the Biology Department.

    How many students do they really squeeze into those dorm rooms?

    • How would you describe the presence of Greek life? Do a lot of students belong to fraternities or sororities?
    • What skills or knowledge would you consider to be prerequisites?

    To make the most of your visits, you should prepare thoughtful questions to ask on a college tour. This guide will provide you with a comprehensive college visit checklist of questions for your tour guide, current students, admissions officers, financial aid officers, and professors. Plus, we’ll offer some advice on what not to ask.

    • Are the classes more lecture-based or discussion-based?

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    • Are there honors programs or capstone classes? If so, what are they like?
    • How much flexibility would I have in shaping my major or taking an interdisciplinary approach?


    Most schools offer a good deal of information about the cost of tuition, room and board, books, and other fees online, as well as the steps to take to apply for financial aid. If financial aid’s an important factor for you, it could be helpful to meet with an officer and make sure you’re doing everything you can to get your financial needs met.


    • How can students succeed in your class?
    • How much do students typically owe after graduating?
    • Do students or administrators organize conversations for students to talk about their feelings on important issues and events?


    Finally, spend some time writing and reflecting after your visit. Does the school seem like a good fit with your personality, interests, and goals? Do you feel excited about the prospect of attending? At the end of the day, you must save the final questions for yourself.


    • What was last year’s rate of acceptance?


    Research, Internship, and Study Abroad Opportunities

      • Do most students get along with their randomly assigned roommates?
      • How often do you meet with or mentor students outside of class?

    This question, for example, would be less than ideal.

      • Are there any especially popular classes or must-have professors?
      • What surprised you about campus life here?
        • Is it easy to change your major?

    Academic and Social-Emotional Support


    • What are some of the most popular extracurriculars and why?
    • How would you describe the freshman experience, in terms of advising or any classes that everyone has to take?


    Questions to Ask a Financial Aid Officer


    • What kind of opportunities exist for undergraduates to work on research or academic projects with professors?
    • How accessible and helpful is health services?
    • What are some big campus events, like homecoming or alumni weekend?
    • Do the librarians help with research?
    • How many of the classes are taught by a professor, and how many are taught by a teaching assistant?
    • Do any majors prepare students to continue as researchers in a Master’s or doctoral program?


      • Do students of certain majors, like engineers, find it difficult to study abroad?
      • Is it easy to get around campus or get off campus without a car?

    Apart from knowing a lot about the college, tour guides are usually current students, so they can also speak to their personal experience. Remember, they were in your shoes just a few years before!

    Questions to Avoid on College Visits

      • Would I be required or able to write a senior thesis or do a capstone project?
      • Are there social orientation programs for freshmen? Are they enjoyable?

    Making contact with the admissions office can not only get your questions answered. It can also get your “demonstrated interest” on file, which may help when it comes time to review your application. Rather than appearing as an anonymous applicant, admissions officers may recognize you from a meeting, email, or other records of contact. Not all schools keep track of this, but for some, establishing some kind of relationship may help show your enthusiasm for the school and thereby give you a bit of an edge.

      • What kind of need-based financial aid do you offer?
      • What could I do to prepare for further research at the graduate level?

    Before breaking out the list of college tour questions, let’s review the point of campus visits in the first place.

    As mentioned above, you might alter some of these questions to refer to a specific major or class. An intro science lecture, for instance, might contain hundreds of students, while a literature class could be discussion-based and limited to twelve students. Keep this in mind as you check out the rest of the questions on this college visit checklist.

    • What would be your most important advice for freshman?
      • Are any departments known for their contribution to research?

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    • What’s the community of students who major in this program like? Do they act as peer mentors, collaborate on projects, or form study groups?
    • How large are the classes?
    • Do many students work on or off campus? How easy is it to find a part-time job?
    • Do you meet 100% of demonstrated financial need?
    • Do students stick around or go home on weekends?
    • How are the resident counselors? Do they plan social events for freshmen to get to know one another?
    • How do you help students prepare for post-grad employment?
    • What are the college’s most important values, and how does it demonstrate this to students?
    • What qualities and experiences are you looking for in applicants?
    • Can you get help from professors outside of the classroom?

    The financial aid office is the best place for any and all your money-related questions. If you get the chance to meet with a professor, then you can shift back into academic mode.

    Questions to Ask a Professor

    • Where are the best places to study on campus?

    Personal Questions

    • How are freshman advisors assigned?

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