Parent & Teen On-Campus College Visits
As you embark on a parent / teen college road trip and tour you may want to keep the following suggestions in mind:
Keep a positive attitude while On-Campus
- Stuff happens! You’re the adult and you know your teen best.
- Do prep work before the trip, speak with your teen about expectations and trip goals. If your teen starts to act up during the trip, evaluate the situation; maybe they are tired or hungry.
- Maybe they are upset over something they heard about their dream college. Take a break, do something fun, eat, sleep, then move on.
Information sessions start to sound similar awfully fast
- During information sessions, take notes, ask a relevant question, engage in active listening, look for the gem in the presentation that you can discuss with your teen.
- Cute, uncomfortable shoes or high heels are not advised–you’ll be doing a lot of walking.
- Comfortable clothes are a must, but so is being prepared for unexpected overly hot or cold weather. It’s best to dress in layers.
- Be ready for “blister care.”See #3 and #4. Detouring to Walgreens or CVS can throw off the schedule, and if the blisters appear on day one, you may be in for a miserable week.
- Don’t forget your meds! Getting a refill or emergency prescription on the road may be difficult. Also, for over-the-counter meds, try not to frequent the hotel shop as it probably is overly expensive.
Keeping track of your observations
- Write notes down right away (use your phone or bring a small notepad). You can request our College Visit Journal.
- Many colleges have been moving toward Green campuses. Do you understand what they are speaking of? Green means the college is working towards being a sustainable and environmentally friendly institution.
- Confirm, and then recheck all travel information. If you are using a travel advisor or agent, review the arrangements with them.
- Add in sightseeing excursions (ask your teen what they would like to do) to balance the time on the road.
- Dining is important. Schedule food stops to keep your teen’s sugar level balanced.
- Check out the dining halls, taste the food, check out their special menus. Ask the admissions office for meal tickets.
- People watch. Dining halls, student unions, bookstores, quads are great places to see how students interact.
- Read our e-book: College Road Trips, A Parent’s Guide.
Have FUN! Let me repeat that, Have Fun both parent and teen.
- This might be your last one-on-one trip with your teen before they head off to college.
Please contact us if you have questions about college visits and tours.