If you want to further your education, it goes without saying that you want to do it the smart way. Picking a school off the top of your head without really putting any thought into it won’t get you very far. Take a look at the pointers in this post to help you pick the right school for you:
Know the Course You Want to Do
First of all, you should know which course you’d like to do. This way, you can take a look at what’s included in those courses in different schools. No course will be the same, even if it has the same name. There will be different modules and projects for you to focus on, and this can totally change your learning experience. You need to pick a course that you know you’ll enjoy.
Go to Visit Your Shortlist of Schools in Person
When you have an idea of the schools on your shortlist, go and visit them in person. Yes, you’ll need to set some time aside. Yes, you’ll need to spend money on train/bus/petrol. However, making sure you attend the right school right from the get-go is cheaper and less hassle than picking a school without visiting, to only realise you don’t like it. Get a feel for the schools on your shortlist by taking a tour and seeing how you feel. You could even consider schools that specialise in one particular subject; like those on this pharmacy schools list.
Take a Look Around the Area
You shouldn’t stop at the school on your visit. Take a look around the area, especially at the amenities. You’ll need these when you have a break, and they become especially important if you plan on staying in the area as you learn. Make sure there are things to do and places to purchase what you need. If you have to travel further to get supplies and essentials this could bug you later on down the line. You might also be interested in what the nightlife is like, as that can be a big part of school life.
Chat With Students and Lecturers
Have a talk with students and lecturers and ask any questions you think will help you to make your decision. Speaking to students can be especially helpful, as they can give you a firsthand insight on what it’s like to learn and live there.
Ask Questions on Forums
Forums are a fantastic resource, especially if you have more questions after your visit. Most students will be happy to help you with your queries.
Just Pick One!
If you’re really stuck, try writing a list of pros and cons for each school. Seeing things laid out like that can be really helpful. You could also flip a coin. You don’t need to go with the answer, but at the very least, you’ll know which school you really want to go to if you feel disappointed or excited with the outcome!
See you next time!