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Questions to Ask Your Student Ambassador

November 28, 2016

by Ahtiya Liles

College campus tours can be both exhausting and confusing. They’re exhausting because so much information is being hurled at you in the span of 90 minutes. They’re confusing because once you’ve toured six, ten, fifteen colleges, the information can become scrambled in your brain, making it hard to decipher which tour guide from which school said what. The best way to get the best out of your campus tour experience is to ask questions, especially questions that are personal to you and have more to do with the student experience on campus, rather than the actual college itself. Here are few questions to ask your Student Ambassador to get you started!

  1. What were you looking for when you were applying to college and why did you choose (insert college here)? This expands upon the usual “Why did you come here” question and allows for a more substantial answer from your Student Ambassador. This questions lets you know what your Student Ambassador was looking for in a school when they were in the same situation, and it also allows you to see how what they were searching for in a college lines up with the college you are currently touring. You will also hear if your needs and wants from a college are shared with someone who currently goes there, giving you a nice perspective as to whether or not the college might fit your needs, too.
  2. It’s 9pm on a random Thursday night – what are some things that (insert college here) students might be doing?Everyone wants to know what the students are doing during the weekends (and this is a valid question), but the weekends are only two days out of the week. What about the rest of the week? This question will allow your Student Ambassador to give you a peak into the variety (or lack thereof) of activities that are offered on the campus on a day to day basis.
  3. What’s your favorite time of the year on campus? At some schools, the students really love the fall because of the different events or the way the campus looks. For other schools, students might really love the spring because that’s when a bunch of really awesome major events happen. This is a question Student Ambassadors and tour guides don’t hear very often on tours, so it’s a great way to make them really think about which time of the year they like best and why.

I hope this helps anyone who has been struggling to come up with unique questions while on tours. Remember, the tour is not only the time for you to see the campus, but it’s also a great opportunity and one of the few that you will have to tap into the brain of a college student before you become one yourself! I hope to see you on one of my own tours of Purchase College soon.