Happy Spring to each of you from Gardner-Webb University! After a winter that seemed like it would never end, here’s to the upcoming start of the baseball season and to the Masters golf tournament, both sure signs that warm weather is just around the corner.
As the calendar turns to April, we have officially arrived at the time of year where high school seniors across the country who are still uncertain about their college plans will have to decide where to spend their college years. Thus, this is a time of the year often liberally peppered with stress and anxiety. However, I believe it should be a season of fun and excitement! The hard stuff (years of high school exams and papers, the SAT, college essays, scholarship interviews) is over and the fun stuff (buying your college’s sweatshirt, going to accepted student days, selecting housing accommodations) has just begun.
Many students who are at a loss for how to best narrow their list from the final two or three options to the final choice would benefit greatly from taking one simple action. While reading online articles, perusing websites, listening to friends, and soliciting for advice from trusted adults are all useful tactics, none is quite so valuable as the one thing that, more than any other single factor, determines where most students decide to spend four years of their lives: the campus visit.
It never ceases to amaze me how many students will seriously consider attending a school that they have never officially visited! No one in his or her right mind would buy a car they did not test drive, purchase a house without having it inspected, or pick out a prom dress or tuxedo without trying it on. Whey then would it make sense to commit to a school without taking the time to go visit the campus?
A campus visit is a prime opportunity to tour the campus, sit in on a class in an area of interest, meet with faculty, hang out with current students, and eat in the cafeteria. Ultimately, this is the time where students and parents can assess for themselves the “culture” and “feel” of the campus. What do the students do for fun? What academic and career services are available for students? How is the food? How are the residence halls? What is the campus vibe?
All are perfectly legitimate, valuable questions that can be answered with a campus visit. As I encourage all visitors to Gardner-Webb University to do, use the campus visit as your opportunity to ask tough questions and to expect, in fact, demand that your highest expectations be met. College is a major investment of time and financial capital. It is perfectly reasonable to expect a return on investment. Thus, I reiterate the challenge to take the time to visit (and visit thoroughly) colleges considered before making the decision of where to ultimately attend. It will be time very well spent!
GWU is hosting one more Accepted Student Day on Friday, April 11th. This is a fantastic open house event that is specifically tailored to the needs and interests of accepted students. You can find more information about this event at www.gardner-webb.edu/accepted. For an even more personalized visit experience, simply give us a call at 704.406.4498 or send an e-mail to email@example.com. As a special incentive for those who have not yet taken the time to check out campus, GWU is now offering a $500 scholarship to students who come visit campus for the very first time!
I look forward to seeing more and more of you on campus over the next few weeks! With the temperatures turning warmer and skies turning sunnier, there has never been a better time to check out Gardner-Webb University!