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Helping Future Classmates
March 1, 2018
Getting to know prospective students may not be such a bad idea.
High school students are often on campus to visit and get a feel for the school and its campus. While it may be hard to remember what it was like to do campus visits and go through the college search process, the reality is that you likely had the same worries, questions, insecurities, and doubts about college as the students visiting your school.
Many of these students look forward to interacting with college students, and there are a number of opportunities for this to happen. Some schools will have current students host high school students so that they can experience resident life, which is a great way for you to make these future students feel just as much at home on campus as you do.
Here are a few things that you can do to be a friendly face when hosting potential future classmates.
1. Be curious. Ask them questions! Find out about who they are and what their interests are. Did they come visiting because they love the location, or do they know students there already? Be genuine about getting to know them and make them feel like they are already being invested in.
2. Answer everything. These students will have a lot of questions. They are still learning about college life in general, and they know that you, as a college student, are the best (and least intimidating) resource. Make sure that they know you are ready and willing to answer every single question that crosses their mind.
3. Show off campus. There is a reason that this high school student chose to come visit your campus specifically, so make an effort to show them why your campus is unique. Maybe you have a really cool library. Perhaps there is a special tradition that all the students participate in. Whatever it is, make sure you show prospective students why your school isn’t like any other school.
4. Include them. Sometimes it is tempting to leave high schoolers in the dorm while you go do homework or hang out with your friends. Don’t do this. It’s really hard for students to walk away from campus with a good experience if they just sat alone all night. So if you have to do homework, invite them to bring their homework to the library with you, or lend them your Netflix for a bit. Introduce them to your friends. College life is new and fascinating for them, so try your best to give them an authentic experience, instead of just sitting in a dorm room.
5. Be encouraging. College visits can be overwhelming for high school students. They are in the midst of making life choices, probably nervous about just being on campus, and maybe doubting their ability as a student. Whenever I would host students, I made a point of buying a fancy chocolate bar or fuzzy socks or some little token to give to them when they arrived. Do your best to be extra nice!
6. Treat them like an adult. High school students at this stage in their life are feeling a lot of pressure. They are being expected to make decisions that impact the next four years of their life. So even though they may be “just high schoolers,” give them a little credit. They are mature individuals who have made some adult decisions in a short amount of time. They will appreciate being treated like another college student.
There is a possibility that next semester or next year some of the high schoolers you saw on a campus tour you will see in the seat in front of you in class. Think of your interactions with these students as an investment in your campus!
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