Visit Colleges This Summer
The campus visit presents a good opportunity for you to drill down, to reflect on your interests and goals. As you visit colleges this summer, determine if your prospective colleges support your goals and complement your interests.
If you are committed to community service, a talented artist, scientist or athlete, research various colleges’ programs and e-mail the directors of these programs to schedule a meeting during your visit.
Don’t be bashful. Most professors and coaches like hearing from you. If your “thing” is quantum physics, then rest assured there is some lonely professor eager to hear from a kindred spirit.
Meeting with individual professors and coaches will give you a more nuanced understanding of the school. It will also allow you to demonstrate a more refined interest in that school when you must write supplemental essays as part of your college application.
-New York Times