With February recess and spring break around the corner, this is the perfect time to start exploring different colleges to get a feel for what you like…
Don’t get me wrong - as a veteran tour guide, I find the process of going on a guided college tour to be indispensable to the average prospective student. The fact that, on a guided tour, you have an expert with you at all times to answer questions, point things out to you that you wouldn’t have otherwise noticed, and show you the most notable parts of the college in question is crucial to really getting to know a school that you’re considering. On the other hand, though, sometimes the circumstances make it so that a quality traditional tour isn’t possible, and you’ve got to go for plan B: a self-guided tour. And look, it happens - maybe you showed up late, maybe your tour guide wasn’t so great, maybe you just want a little extra one-on-one with the campus. Whatever the situation, a self-guided tour doesn’t have to be a curse or a chore, and it can actually be quite a positive learning experience.
That being said, I’ve compiled below a list of some things I think you should do to make your self-guided tour (of any campus, not just Tufts!) as effective as possible:
That’s it for now - there’s a lot more that you can and should do to make a self-guided tour a good one, but with those eight points I think you’ll find a good starting block. And hey, if you do it right, you might find that a self-guided tour can provide you with some really unique information than no regular tour ever could.