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I have been reading the book, Letting Go, by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger. The book is a great source of information for parents who will be sending their children off to college as well as for those that have a child in...

The following is a guest blog written by my daughter, a sophomore at Smith College. She is a Gold Key Guide and has hosted several prospective students over the past year.

As May 1st gets closer and closer, high school seniors near the deadline for deciding on their college of choice. It's a tough decision to make, and there are a lot of ways to go about it. Many of you will take to the road or the skies in an effort to visit the various schools you've been accepted to. What will you do when you're there? Some students will take the time to sit in on classes, others may take a second tour because the first one was a long time ago and some will seek out professors to discuss their area(s) of interest. But don't forget: when your tour is over, you don't have to leave! Its unbelievably important to arrange for overnight stays on campus. Lets face it: you are not only making a decision about where you will be studying but also eating, sleeping and socializing for the next four years. Spending the night offers a glimpse of what undergraduate living might be like on each campus and allows students to compare the experiences from one college to another.