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Can campus tours be vacation opportunities?

October 10th, 2016

Fall has arrived in Kentucky and here at the ShropEd office, we consider this college and boarding school touring season. Choosing the university or school you attend is one of the largest investment decisions you will make during your lifetime (not only on financial terms) so we believe it is important to take a close look at your options.  This is usually a beautiful time to visit campuses; not only are the leaves changing colors, but school spirit is in full bloom during football season and classes are in session so you can get a feel for what your school or college experience will be like.

While you may think that looking through brochures and “googling” the school of your choice is just as good as seeing it in person, there really is nothing like first-hand experience.  The article we’ve posted today, written by Elaine Glusac for The New York Times, shares ways to make college visits more enjoyable for parents and kids.

We love Glusac’s list and suggestions for making these trips into more of a vacation for everyone.  Although written with college in mind, this article is equally applicable to families visiting boarding schools.

Article below published September 22, 2016

Written by:  Elaine Glusac

At Amherst College in Amherst, Mass., my family, including our son, prospective applicant Seth, enjoyed the natural history museum and spied on swim team practice. At Colby College in Waterville, Me., we appreciated the colonial architecture and the modern art collection. At the University of Chicago, we loved the Hogwarts-like reading room and the pierogi truck.

So it goes with college campus visits, a mix of research and entertainment through which high schoolers shop for their academic future.

Read more at The New York Times >>

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