Boulder, Colorado Educational Consultant Cara Ray Provides Suggestions for What Students Should Do After a College Visit

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Cara Ray, a college consultant out of Boulder, Colorado, explains that there are three things each high school student should do after they come back from their spring break college visits as they look ahead to their college admissions process. Ms. Ray is a senior associate with Montgomery Educational Consulting.

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Boulder-based college consultant Cara Ray

Having specific examples to draw on from a visit can really help the student shape their supplemental essay or interview.

According to Cara Ray, Boulder, Colorado based educational consultant, you have some work to do when you get home from a college visit. Ms. Ray explains in her recent blog post Three Things To Do After You Visit A College that there are plenty of things you can do after a college visit that will help you during your college admissions process in the fall.

Having spent time as the campus visit coordinator for the University of Colorado Boulder, Ms. Ray knows full well the impact of the visit in a student's admissions process. She explains, "The campus visit really gives students a sense of what it would be like to go to the college. Therefore, they should take every opportunity presented to them whether that be eating in the dining hall, attending an evening event on campus, sitting in on a class, or taking the general tour. The more you do during the visit the better sense you will have of whether or not it is the right fit for you. As well, the more information you gather, record, and remember the easier it will be as you make decisions about where to apply and ultimately attend."

When families visit colleges over a school vacation they often pack numerous visits into a short time. It is easy for the visits to start to blend together. Therefore, it is important that the student take notes to help trigger their memory. Ms. Ray adds that "Many colleges ask applicants why they are applying to their school. Having specific examples to draw on from a visit can really help the student shape their supplemental essay or interview."

In addition, college visits are full of meetings. Students might have the opportunity to interact with professors, admissions representatives, current students, and coaches. Ms. Ray explains that it is worth keeping track of the names and contact information of the people that you interact with during the visit. You never know if you will need to contact them later on in the admissions process.

Mark Montgomery, President of Montgomery Educational Consulting, added "Not only is it valuable to take good notes after a visit and track who you met with, but it is also important to stay in touch with the college after you get home. Staying in touch with the college might include following up with questions or sending a thank you note. So, as you unpack those suitcases after your college visits make sure you are doing everything you can to help yourself get ready for the college application process."

Cara Ray is a Senior Associate with Montgomery Educational Consulting. She previously worked in the admissions office at the University of Colorado Boulder. Ms. Ray holds a B.A. from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY and an MA in Higher Education from the University of Denver. She is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling(NACAC), Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling (RMACAC) and the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA).

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