Surviving college tips

My name is Katie Clancy and I am a senior marketing major at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. I will graduate in May 2015 with a Bachelors in Business Administration. I play division 1 softball at Belmont and I am also a member of the Belmont Marketing Society. Currently I am a marketing intern at K-LaserUSA in Nashville. I am originally from Pasadena, California.

Finding Your Second Home

My name is Katie Clancy and I am a senior marketing major at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. In May I will receive my Bachelors in Business Administration. I am currently a marketing intern at K-LaserUSA, a medical technology company selling lasers to medical practices for physical therapy.

Originally I am from Pasadena, California and found myself wanting a new experience for college. I knew from the start that I wanted to live in a new state and experience a new part of the United States. My journey to finding the school I wanted to attend was a bit unconventional, seeing as I was looking to play softball in college. Because recruitment starts early, as a sophomore I started going on visits to different college and quickly learned the value of those tours.

There is a feeling you get when you step onto a college campus, and whether it’s good or bad, it’s still a feeling. There were some schools that the moment I stepped foot onto that campus I knew whether or not I would enjoy seeing the rest of the campus. Going through tours of both schools you like and dislike with that feeling is still beneficial because there are many things to learn about yourself and about certain aspects of the college you may want to look into further. Learning what gives a school its own unique personality will help you to learn what is important to you as a student of that university.

When it comes to college the options are endless in regards to what you are looking for. There are colleges that are larger than some cities and some that are specific to certain majors. Maybe you don’t like sports so you want a school where they aren’t a big focus of the student body. Or maybe Greek life is what you are looking for so you want to find a school that has the ability to give that to you.

Planning your visit to a school, make sure it’s at a time of year when classes are in session. I went on visits in both the summer and the fall and there was a major difference in the activity of the campus as expected. Students love seeing prospectives on their campus and relish in gloating about every great thing their university has to offer. When visiting over the summer you just don’t get that same welcoming.

You may think as a 17 or 18 year old you may not really know what you want and where you want to go but this is where that feeling comes in. I can still remember the first time I visited Belmont and how I could tell from the start it was a place I could see myself growing. The school definitely didn’t tick all my boxes but it had an overall picture of what I was looking for.

The biggest thing in the college search in my opinion is getting a chance to visit the places you are applying to. There is something so special about stepping onto a college campus. Seeing the campus and feeling it’s energy will be a big deciding factor once all those big acceptance envelopes start rolling in come March.

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