Bridget Jones’s (Travel) Diaries: College

College is coming, here’s how to prepare for college visits and road trips!

by Bridget Jones, Social Media Manager

Once junior and senior year hit, most of your time will be spent on college. Researching, testing, writing, preparing. It takes a lot of time and work. One part of the college search process is college tours. You may only be applying to a few schools in the local area or you might be applying far away. Either way it is vital for you to visit campus and explore the local area to find out if it is the right fit for you. I have been on a few college trips myself so I thought I would take this week’s entry to give you some tips.

  • Realize exactly how long it takes to get from the college back to your house. How much money will you have to spend to travel between? Will you have to fly or can you drive or take a bus? Will you be able to come home on weekends or will you have to wait until Winter Break to come back to KC? Take note of this so you have a good idea of distance and time once you actually move to college.
  • Explore the local area! If you’re going to be living there for the next 4 years, you should find out what there is to do! If you’re looking at schools in a big city, check out what the locals do, not just the tourists. If you’re looking at more suburban or rural schools find out what students do on the weekends. You really want to know what goes on around the school before you commit so you’re not bored or uncomfortable.
  • Try the local food. First find out where the nearest fast food restaurants are and see if they have you favorites. If you are absolutely addicted to Chipotle and you have to have it once a week, but you go to a school with no Chipotle within 100 miles, are you really going to survive? (You probably will survive, but it’s good to know ahead of time if you’ll have to stock up on Chipotle before you move). Also try the local cuisine. Sooner or later you will get tired of dining hall food, so check out the local food scene!

Well that’s all for today! I wish you all the best of luck on your college searches. I know you will find the right choice for you.

Until next time travelers.