Interacting With Students While Visiting A College Campus

Interacting with the students on-campus wherever you are thinking about attending college, will be your best source of real life information about the college. While you visit the college, you need to set aside a nice amount of time to interact with students. You need to think of a few general questions that you can ask them about the college to gain more information and insight.

Young adults, especially students in college, are very opinionated and had no problems sharing their opinions. Feel free to ask questions about whatever you like. The students that go to the college you are visiting have first-hand experience with that particular school. There have been many students that have found out more information by talking with other students who attend the college of their choice than by any other means.

Be sure and talk to students at all different locations in the university. These locations include, but are not limited to the library, the gym, cafeteria, and in the general walking areas around campus. Ask the students about all the classes, the professors, the atmosphere, the social life, housing conditions, and the food in the cafeteria. Get all by table information that you possibly can from each and every source.

When you talk to students at the college, you should pay attention to their personality. This will give you one of the best insights into the college’s personality in the type of students that they have attracted. This will give you an idea if the college’s liberal, conservative, nerdy, clean-cut, or a party school. Knowing the school, its personality, and what other students identify it as is very important.

Whatever particular major you have decided on or are leaning towards, visit that particular area or building of the campus. Talk to the students that are hanging around that area. This will give you another great insight into what kind of students will be your peers. Large universities can have a wide range and mixture of different personalities and students. Matching your personality with the other students that are attending is a great way to make friends and build your social life while you are attending college.

Getting Your Degree Online Or On-Campus – Which One is Better and Why?

With the invention of Internet, there are many things that are now possible to do or made easier. Education is one of those things. Now students can take classes and not go to an actual campus. This is great news for those who are having difficulties completing a formal education. Let’s take a look at both the pros and cons of online educations versus real campus educations to find a choice that suits each person.

Pros of Online Educational Programs

The main advantage of online courses is the flexibility in when you work on your class. You are able to work around your schedule. There may be times you have to be online for interaction, but most of the work is done when it is convenient for you. You can interact with your instructor by email.

Also with online classes you are encouraged to be more interactive with other students. If you are behind a computer you will feel free to state your questions, fears or ideas, including those students who may not say anything in a normal classroom. Also, the cost is very close as you do not pay for boarding, food and commuting fees.

Cons of Online Educational Programs

The biggest disadvantage is the self discipline it takes to take a class online. Many people are taking classes online because they have many other commitments and this allows them to do that. They may find it harder to complete the needed and required course work.

Pros of Campus Education

A big advantage with this type of learning is the interaction with guest lecturers, professors and other students in the class. This provides intellect they may not otherwise receive and help improve their communication skills. They also have access to more academic materials that will help them in their education and future. It also helps build a sense of belonging.

There are some degrees that need the practical experience of a class room like medicine, engineering and health-care.

Cons of Campus Education

The only disadvantage is that your have a fixed time and number of sessions that have to be attended to receive your degree. If you have a career or other life situations going on it will make it difficult to do this.

Decide what is Best for You

Both learning options are great and have their down falls, it is up to you to decide what is best for you and will meet your needs.

Do Students Need Renter’s Insurance For Off – Campus Housing?

In these days of litigation and high insurance costs it is as if you can’t do anything or go anywhere unless you are insured. The monthly cost of the insurance premium is just another expense, something else to pay for on top of the courses, books, lab time, rent, transportation, clothing, laundry, food, utilities, you may just think you’ll take your chances and not get the insurance. Before you make that decision final, think about your situation for the next 8-10 months. You are not part of a family, you don’t know your house-mates, you don’t know what others may or may not do, you don’t even know what you may or may not do. Or the subsequent costs of those actions. The last thing you want to be concerned about is your housemate or landlord chasing after you.

When you are away from home, at college or university, where you live is then your home, even if it is just temporary. Hospitality and accommodation owners/managers are insuring your stay from day one, so it only makes sense to insure you own ‘stuff’.

To sell insurance policies some agents focus on fear, (I know from experience), one question I ALWAYS ASK is “under what circumstances would my claim NOT be honoured?” If I don’t get an acceptable answer I move on to another Insurer. Student housing is a business and as such the landlord or manager will make a claim for the costs of repairs. Either insurance pays the bill or you will.

You, personally may not have that much ‘stuff’ to insure, so why should you get insurance? You will be living in a house with other students and they may have ‘stuff’ that is more valuable than yours, IF somehow you are the cause of any damage to their belongings, they make a claim against you to replace their property and claim other damages. OR, your landlord could claim that you have caused damage to their property (toilet flooded – plumber needed to repair the bathroom, broken window – emergency repairs followed by a new window + labour, unrepairable flooring or any other possible damage replace total flooring, or new carpeting,) they would have to supply some kind of proof, but it could cause a lot of frustration, tension and frayed nerves. The reason you are living in the off-campus housing is to get an education that will serve you well in the working world, you’ll need all your extra free time to relax, study, research, shopping etc, not avoiding the landlord or working to pay off the extra repair expenses.

The IT global village, is a perfect place to find your best deal for insurance, ask if you can add your needs to your parents insurance policy for the duration that you are at university. Pay your premiums by the month instead of by the year.