17 Apr Villanova Candidates’ Weekend
Recently, one of my students with whom I have been working over the past year, described his experience at Villanova University’s Candidates Weekend as awesome. Although this is not always the case, it is all the more reason why students who are working to make that final decision about what college to attend, should participate in these events. Perhaps one of the schools will hit the mark or perhaps not. But thats why these events are important to enable your teen to ultimately choose a school where she or he will feel most comfortable both academically and socially. In other words, to find that college where the chemistry works!
I thought it would be beneficial to share Seans experience with other students and parents that might be deciding whether or not it is worthwhile to attend admitted students events. While not all of them are run the same way, like Sean, most students find these visits very valuable in some cases regardless of whether or not they have visited in the past, as there are some activities unique to accepted students.
Below, Sean shares with us an excerpt of his weekend at Villanova:
I had a great experience at Villanova. Their Candidates Weekend gave me a great taste of what attending the school would be like, and was invaluable in helping me come closer to my decision about what school to attend. The activities throughout the weekend helped me better understand the philosophy of the school, and how I might be able to fit in there.
Although it is easy to get numbers and information from a website, until I went to Candidates Weekend, I had no idea how it would actually feel to go to Villanova. This weekend enabled me to meet students, speak with professors, tour dorms, and spend time on the campus where I could possibly spend the next four years of my life.
Highlights of the Weekend
One of the highlights was having the opportunity to spend time with current students, because they shared their interests and experiences with me and I could see how I might become part of their community. I was also able to sit in on a class, which allowed me to get a glimpse of the learning environment; I realized that while it will take a lot of hard work, I would be able to succeed at Villanova.
Parents Are Involved Too
The weekend was set up for parents as well as students and it was very helpful to have my mom by my side. It was helpful to hear her perspective on the school as someone who has attended university, and she thought of questions that I never would have and noticed things that I didn’t.
Although this weekend did not go as far as to help me decide where I want to attend college, it went a long way towards helping me see why I would fit in so well at Villanova; without attending the Candidates Weekend, it would have been much more difficult for me to come closer to making my decision.
This shows why these weekends are, in my opinion, a mandatory step as one attempts to decide where they want to go to college.