After the initial shock of quarantine life wore off last spring, I realized that one of the biggest ways that the Class of 2021 was going to be impacted by Coronavirus was the inability to visit college campuses. Instead, the state of the world was going to necessitate a shift to virtual college visits.Spring break, especially during junior year, is a critical time as many high school students travel the country and get up close and personal with the schools on their college list. College visits are incredibly important for a few reasons. Not only do they help students more fully imagine the what the next steps of their education will look like, they also help students demonstrate interest to the college. When selecting a college, you're selecting your home for the next 4 years.You probably wouldn't buy a house sight unseen and buying into a particular college sight unseen is equally risky.So what should we do now that travel is seriously restricted? How can we still get the feel for a college but do so in a virtual or socially distant way?Today Kelly Queijo of SmartCollegeVisit.com will help us discover how to best use the myriad digital tools now available to us to forge true connection as we select our colleges from a distance.
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About Kelly QueijoA Virginia Tech alumna, Kelly Queijo, is an award-winning writer and entrepreneur and founder of Smart College Visit, Inc. Kelly is passionate about education, technology and travel, whether live or virtual. Smart College Visit publishes current, relative, and relatable content for students, parents, and high school guidance counselors, while SCV Journey provides students an easy way to search for colleges that meet their criteria, access college profile data and create their own, personalized college list.Together these sites make a connected college planning resource for college-bound teens and their families.Learn more at SmartCollegeVisit.com and SCVJourney.com.