I: If, for example, you would like to meet a faculty member that was in a specific academic department, we’ll say chemistry, how should the student arrange something like that at a campus visit? Is it even possible to do?
Janice: It is possible. It’s possible at many of the colleges and it works differently at different colleges. At some schools, they will help you in the admissions office, they will give – some of the will arrange that, so for instance, George Washington University, you can make those arrangements through the admissions office. So, if you go to their admissions website and go to where they’re visits are, it will tell you call us if you want to have a faculty visit or a visit with an athletic coach and they will work with you to arrange those. Others, the admissions office will give you the contact information that you need to get to the right person, and then you go ahead and do that on your own. At others, they’ll tell you, you basically need to make these arrangements – just go ahead and contact the department on your own. So, it varies from college to college, but many of them are open to making those faculty arrangements, and in many cases, the faculty members are more than happy to meet with the students.
I: And so, should the student in preparation for that, should they also have done their research about the particular program, whether it’s in academics or in the fine arts or athletics, to understand how that program works and then ask some additional questions to faculty and staff?
J: Yeah, they should definitely do what they can. And meeting with a faculty member as trying to get, to work with them to understand more about what the department has to offer, it will also help them if they do more of these meetings again, to go back to what we were saying about honing in on some of that information, to understand the differences in the programs between some of these different colleges. So how does the chemistry major at one college differ from the chemistry major at another, and which one is more toward what I’m looking for? Or does one offer more internship possibilities? Does one offer more hands-on research, or whatever it may be. That’s a good way of looking at what they’re using that time with that faculty member when yes, the more information they can get in advance, the more helpful it would be. And, again, it goes back to thinking about some of those questions. One of the big ones these days, because study abroad is becoming more and more important and more popular, do students majoring in let’s say chemistry have the opportunity to study abroad? It used to be that students in the sciences, it was much more difficult for them to study abroad. There weren’t that many programs available. It’s becoming easier to do that. So, at this college, do students majoring in chemistry have that opportunity to study abroad? If I major in chemistry, is it possible to double major? Does the department help students find internships? Is there that opportunity for working as a teacher’s assistant within the department or doing work study? What types of guest lecturers are there? What type of speaking engagements? Even a question about career or what fields to graduates go on to pursue with a major in chemistry? DO most people go on to graduate school or do they go into the workforce first? So, any of these kinds of questions are great to speak with faculty members about.