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Open House Preparation: How to Get the Most from Your Campus Visit

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017

Open houses, like campus tours, provide you with an opportunity to get information to decide whether or not to apply to a college. In a single visit, you can gather knowledge and impressions to aide you in your final college selection. But how can you make the most out of your visit? Simply by being prepared. Here are some tidbits to keep in mind the next time you attend a college open house:

Why Attend in the First Place?

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Sometimes, the hardest part of picking a college is narrowing down your “top choices” list. Attending a college open house can make picking the right school a lot easier. Apart from this, other reasons to show up include getting a good feel for the campus atmosphere and learning more about the specific program you’re interested in. Here are reasons to attend.

What to Prepare For

It’s important to realize that college open house events are not an example of an everyday campus experience. However, this doesn’t mean that programs are not genuine, just that they are not typical. Expect the following:

  • Interviews Aren’t Guaranteed- At a campus where interviews are highly encouraged, you most likely will not have an opportunity to interview on the day of an open house. You will need to revisit campus later. However, the college may decide to offer regional interviews close to you.
  • Colleges Make a List and Check it Twice- Colleges monitor who visits their campus and who does not. This means that scheduling a campus visit or attending an open house may offer more benefits to students who takes extra initiative to scope out the campus.
  • Each Open House is Unique- Every open house you attend will possess similar features. You can expect to hear from the teaching staff, support staff, as well as current students. Most colleges have the day’s programs outlined online in advance. Identify the subject matter you find most important and follow up with the appropriate resources at the open house.
  • Welcome, Welcome, Welcome– Expect a warm welcome from everyone on campus. Staff members will be available and prepared to answer questions from you and your family, so be sure to bring them!
  • Network to Expand Your Web- There will be a lot of prospective students attending college open house, making it a great opportunity to interact. Connections made at the open house could become helpful to you in the future.

Questions to Ask

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Talk to more than just the admission staff. Seek a number of students during your tour and ask them what they like and would change about their school. To get the best experience from your visit, prepare thoughtful questions to ask. Here are some examples:

  • What academic elements are considered in the admission process and how important are they?
  • Is it easy for students to do research with a professor?
  • What percentage of my financial need does the school meet?
  • What are my chances of landing internship opportunities and jobs?
  • What social opportunities are available to students?

More questions here.

Have fun at every open house you attend. Take some time beforehand to prepare and the day of, you’ll be able obtain all the information you need to help decide if that college deserves the top spot in your college line up!

AIM High for Success: Helpful Training Tips for Your Next Interview

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017

By: Esperanza Poquiz; Edited by Jul DeGeus

The interview process is often found to be nerve-wracking, but preparing yourself can help relieve some of the stress. These training tips can help brace you for your next interview session:

Before the Interview

Gathering materials is essential when going into your interview. Have everything that you need organized and assembled the night before. Bring pens, a notebook, two or more copies of your resume, and your portfolio, if applicable. Research the company and its mission statement prior to the meeting. You should have at least three questions relevant to the company or the position you applied for ready to ask your interviewer.

Dress For the Job You Want

Wearing appropriate clothing promotes a lasting first impression. Stay away from busy patterns and wear neutral colors like: gray, black, white and navy blue. Upon the initial meeting, be sure to have great posture, a firm handshake and a smile on your face.

Confidence is Key

During the engagement, remain confident. Stay away from touching your face and playing with your hair. Keep hand gestures to a minimum and speak with proper grammar. Projecting enthusiasm allows the hiring manager see your interest in obtaining the position, as well as your positivity.  Show them that you are able to take initiative and know what you want.

Final Touches

Refrain from stating negative comments about previous employment. Be brief on why you no longer have a position. Don’t focus too much on pay or schedules; these are more appropriate to talk about in a second interview or after you have received a job offer. Turn off or silence your phone and do not use it during the interview.

Once you feel that you are ready, test these tips and conduct a mock interview with your friends or family. Good luck with your next interview!

Reasons to Attend an Open House

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017

Where you should attend college is one of the biggest decisions you may make. There are plenty of colleges to choose from, based on the program you plan to pursue. But how do you choose? Simple: attend open houses.

An open house is an important opportunity to learn about a particular program you are interested in through interaction with students and staff members. It’s a day you get to experience the environment of the campus and meet possible future classmates.

Experience the Campus Atmosphere

You’ve probably done tons of research about the institution you are visiting: the location of the campus, what classes are offered, how long school will take, etc. However, visiting the college is what will give you a personal feel about it; you can absolutely love or hate the campus based your open house experience. Use the visit to decide if the school environment is a good fit for you.

Learn More About Programs

Researching the program you want to study will give you great insight into your future career, but nothing beats a conversation with the instructors who will be teaching you the courses you plan to take. They can clarify any questions you have about the program you are interested in. Teachers can outline the course to help you decide if the program of your choosing is right for you.

Explore New Technology

At an open house, you are exposed to all the advanced tools and equipment the college offers. While you might not get to experience every tool in the shop, open houses often present unique opportunities to interact with some of the tools you’ll be using for class.

Make New Friends

If you are serious about attending the college, going to the open house can mark as an important day in your college life. You might meet fellow future students who could become your friends for the rest of your college career. Interaction with continuing students allows you the opportunity to network and score some experienced study buddies.

A college open house is a resource you should look forward to tap into. While you should come with questions, don’t forget to have fun

How to Stay Hydrated on the Job

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017

Water is an extremely important component of the human body. Without it, our bodies don’t function properly. Yet at times, it’s difficult to keep the body hydrated throughout the day. Fortunately, it’s not impossible to create a routine that will keep your body hydrated during hot, humid days on the job:

#1 Drink Fluids Regularly

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Did you know that you should drink at least 2 liters of water in a day? Yes, the best and only sure way to kill dehydration is to drink water regularly. To ensure you are conveniently hydrated throughout the day, don’t wait till you feel thirsty to drink water. According to statistics, you feel thirsty when you are already 2% dehydrated. Drink small amounts of water throughout the day to ensure hydration.

#2 Improve Your Personal Lifestyle Habits

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Smoking and drinking alcohol before or during work hours can adversely dehydrate your body. Avoid drinks and foods that dehydrate the body; like foods that are high in sodium. Stick to eating well-balanced meals with food, like watermelon or cucumbers, that can hydrate your body during the day.

#3 Take Short Breaks      

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If you are in a position where you can take short breaks in between your work, take them. A good ten-minute break lets you relax and take some deep breaths away from the exhausting heat at your work place. Breaks also encourage proper blood circulation in your body due to the added oxygen in the system. When it comes to performance, you’ve probably noticed that you work better when you feel relaxed. That means that taking breaks can improve your overall productivity at the end of the day.

#4 Eat More Fruits

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How do you think an apple a day will keep you away from the doctor? For starters, it provides you with vitamins that protect you from regular attacks by diseases. But most importantly, the apple also contains juices that keep your body hydrated. It’s not just an apple that will you keep you hydrated however. Most fruits contain fluids and electrolytes that can keep your body hydrated. Eat a fruit every day and you will have fewer dehydration issues while you work.

No matter what kind of job you do, you want to feel healthy and at your very best as you do it. Sadly, there are moments when you just get a dry mouth, feel extremely thirsty and lose focus on your job. Luckily, with the tips above, you can stay hydrated and improve your productivity every day. Just remember that the tips above are not similar to a doctor’s expertise. For the best information on how to stay hydrated, consult your physician and visit your doctor if you feel abnormally dehydrated.

Open House, Open Questions: What to Ask When Attending an Open House

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017

Campus open houses are the time to experience how it feels to attend a certain college. It’s also the time to ask important questions since campus staff is available to assist you. While the amount of questions you could ask is endless, we’ve compiled questions you don’t want to forget to get the answers to when visiting an open house:

Admissions Questions

  • What is your process of admission?

This question helps you assess your chances of getting admitted into the college based on your qualification details.

  • What are your educational requirements?
  • What do I need to succeed while at this campus?

Get an idea of the personal principles and values you need to do well at the college. This question also helps you evaluate the general attitude of the campus towards education and non-academic issues.

Financial Questions

  • What is the total cost of my tuition?

This could be a broad question, so break it down into sections you consider most important to you. Ask about the tuition fees and the types of payment plans offered. And don’t stop there. Go on to read any financial guide the campus gives you to ensure that you are ready to handle all the financial obligations.

  • Are tools and books included in tuition?
  • Does the program you’re interested in require a uniform? If so, is it included in tuition?
  • Are there any scholarship programs available?
  • Do you have financial aid programs for your students?

Most schools do and it’s important that you find out so you have the opportunity to access a form of extra financial support.

Questions about the Campus Environment

  • What is the overall campus environment like?

Learn the “vibe” of the campus and it surrounding facilities to make sure that it is an environment that you can adapt to and will be comfortable in for a long period of time.

  • What kind of social activities does your campus participate in?

Find out what types of events are held at the campus, if any. This could be a way for you to meet new friends and also network to find a connection for your career down the line.

Adult Learners- Support Questions

With more responsibility comes more questions. You may be presented with a different set of obstacles that require you to seek out additional support to make your education possible.

  • Do you aid in job placement assistance?
  • What counseling and guidance services do you offer to students? Are these services accessible?
  • Is tutoring available?
  • Is there a Student Center?
  • Do you offer child care or have services nearby?
  • Transportation is key. Do you have a ride share program or provide transportation services for students who don’t have a vehicle?
  • What can career services help me with?

Be sure you ask the questions that are most important to you when attending an open house. Make the most out of this opportunity to get the information you need to help decide if the institution is right for you!