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December 19, 1996 News Sena00t00300 College visits: discovering the hidden truths Jessica Koepl Reporter Would you ever buy a car without test-driving it first? Of course not. But many students will enroll in a college with- out ever checking out the cam- pus, sometimes leading to sur- prises or disappointments Visiting a college can be a lot like test-drixing a car-- stu- dents get to see how well it runs, whether or not they like its atmosphere, and what equipment (and how well it works) is included in the sticker price. Kathi Lecertua, Borah's Ca- reer Center adviser, said that ;about 50 percent of graduating seniors enroll in college. Of these students, less than half of them visit their prospective schools. The numbers are probably small because many students from Borah attend Boise State University or the University of Idaho, campuses that are close enough for them to have already visited. Some students who are interested in schools farther away don't have the money to make an visit. There are other alternatives for those students unable to visit the college(s) of their choice for financial or other reasons. Some colleges offer campus tours by, video, which can give students a good feel of the cam- pus' atmosphere. These tours are often professionally shot and edited to present the col- lege as a perfect wonderland. The video might not say" how big campus spirit and morale is, whether or not it snows six months out oftheyear there and the videos definitely won't tell you just hou, inedible the food is. Your best bet if you are unable to see the campus in person. said Lecertua, would be to talk to current students or past al- ums in your area. They can paint a clearer picture of the school than even the cleverest viewbooks. Some alumni can even arrange local intcrvie to help the college get to know you. Many students imagine the college interview as a nerve- xacking process, filled x4th question after question about everything from what the pro- spective student plans to do with their life to a scrutinizing look at every incident that hap- pened since preschool. Most in- terviews take place simply to give colleges a better picture of the real y'ou. 'You should ap- proach interviews as informa- tion sessions," said Matthew Sanders, an adinissions fellow at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. "The primary, purpose of a visit and interview is to determine whether or not the college is a match for you, not vice-versa." Lots of colleges and universi- ties offer special visitation days or weekends when prospective collegiates can check out the campus. There are special ac- tivities that help portray the school in the clearest light. Se- nior Zach Owens went on one such visit to Montana Tech last year. Owens is glad that he got the chance to visit what as one of his first-choice schools. He learned valuable information about the school's academics, social life- and setting. "'It was a good visit, but I was annoyed by the surroundings. It was next to an open pit mine!" Sumer Davis, senior, had a bit of a different experience on her visit to the U of I. "'I went for basketball .... it was a little dif. ferent from just checking il out." said one of Borah's sta: varsity players. Davis met witl the women's team, coaches and a few professors. This gave her good idea of the school, bu what she liked best was its so. cial scene. She arrived in th( midst of Homecoming, and ha a blast hanging out with stu. dents and cheering on the Van. dais. Since her visit, Davis ha,, confirmed that she has signet on with the U of I team. Whether the point of a visit is to check out its social and aca. dcmic life, or if by' chance it i,, near any large industrial projects, seeing the college i, important. Said Lecertua, "'Be- cause it's going to be a horn( away from home lbr the nex four years, it should be a plac where a student feels comforl. able.'" College preparations start as graduation draws near Joel York Reporter With the new )'ear fast ap- proaching many- seniors have begun to turn their thoughts towards the fall of 1997, their freshmen college year. Some apply, to right there on your screen. Some colleges even send you disks that will let you point and click your way to suc- cess. After filling out a couple of applications, send them off to ha,/e jlllfe,, .:olt their.. olltl;llrcllige. motsand destinations. Senior Chris Burnum states, "'BSU probably isn't very good, but it's still college and it's cheap, so I'm there." Many are holding out for that magic school that is going to come out and search for them. Unfortunately that isn't going to happen for 99 percent of the students at Borah. How do you avoid being left holding the proverbial bag? Hit the career center and use their resources to find six or seven colleges that appeal to you whether it loca- tion, cost, or quality of degree. You can wa'ite letters to those colleges to get viewbooks, vid- eos, and brochures. If comput- ers are your forte, the internet offers a wide variety of colleges that you can look at or even wait for a reply. Junior Pete Fullinwider states, "'I really en- joy writing out a bunch of stuff and pa)lng twenty bucks so a school can decide if I am wor- thy enough to pay them mone}:" After the colleges re- pl); whether you have been ac- cepted or not, narrow your choices down to two or three schools and it is important tO visit these schools. If you don't see the schools, there can be problems come August- hating the weather or the atmosphere of the school. TO' to visit dur- ing the school year. Sarah Jenkins, senior, said, "It was hard to do during the summer and there weren't many people there. They kept telling to come back during the school year." :: .....   i,..  .. confused yet? ,oro: STEVEN MENDENHALL h'athi Lecurtua, career center counselor, helps out junior Chris Garcia with future decisions about college. The career center is open to all students during school hours to inform them of their post high school plans, from vocational schooling to college education. Briefs Second cuRure day brings enjoyment through learning "Everybody looked like they had fun," senior Megan Shaw said about the African and Middle East Culture Day held during the first week of De- cember. Using nearly every. table in the library, groups of two to three showed offa coun- try from the regions. Paul Goralski, senior, and Shaw wore the cultural burial ceremony dress used in Nige- ria. Dressed up in large pants, a long shirt, and a tall pink hat, Shaw helped Goralski xJth his demonstration. "I learned lots of stuff about the country, that I didn't know," she said. Seniors JeffBader and Chris- tine DelGrosso used visual dis- plays of Israel and items from there to show daily cultural life. Bader enjoyed the east culture day, Asian Culture Day held earlier this year. New stores come to Borah neighborhood Blimpie Subs and Sand- wiches, Moxie Java Coffee, and Godfathers Pizza have all opened. Located in a brand new building in the Hillcrest Shopping Center between Blockbuster Video and U. S. Bank, these restaurants give students more places to go at lunch. Blimpie Subs and Sandwiches features a full menu including 6" and 12" subs, soup and sand- wiches. A drive through win- dow is included for on-the-go lunch eaters. Godfathers pizza will be open with an inexpensive lunch buf- fet Monday through Friday. A full line of pizza is sewed, in- cluding desert. Moxie Java will feature all of the standards, from Biscotti to Mochas. The design will in- clude tables with coffee beans under a glass panel and a cof- fee bean display near the cash register. Burger King is currently ex- panding their restaurant on Overland road, plus enhancing the parking lot and drive- through areas. Also new is Big Sky Family Entertainment, featuring bat- ting cages, laser tag, video games, pool and a cafe. Big Sky is located next to the Reel The- atres in the Big Sky Plaza Starbucks coffee is also on the horizon for Boise. Four coffee houses are expected to open around the area. Locations have not been announced and Starbucks was not available for comment. Tutoring tables start up with NHS After the recent release of nine week report cards, some stu- dents may be in desperate search ofextra help in trouble- some subjects. With that and other factors in mind, the members of National Honor Society have set up a program that offers students their ser- vice, free of charge, as tutors. The program is called Tutor Tables, and was established last year. Proving to be suc- cessful, it is once again acces- sible to students. Tutor Tables are available on Wed, from 3 to 4:30 pm, in the career center. It is open to all students and no appointment is needed to enlist their ser- vices. NHS members ask that you bring your text book, pa- per, and a pencil.