We have put together a few pointers aspirants out there that will help you make an informed choice during the counselling process and prevent you from getting the short end of the stick.
You know your needs best and a little introspection on your part will also help you better understand what you want from college and as a result where you can get it from. Talk to college undergrads, read up online about the college culture, the alumni, the faculty and their facilities. All in all, good research is essential for making a well informed choice.
- Quality of faculty- faculty research, ratio of professors to lecturers or asst. professors, pioneering endeavors, heavyweights.
- Curriculum diversity- number of courses offered, scope of study, research opportunities available(we have demystified a few courses for you here).
- Infrastructure- Lab Facilities, sporting facilities, basic amenities, campus accessibility etc.
- Campus Culture- extracurricular activities, college fests, student clubs and societies, sports teams, hostel life and the alumni network (here is what life at BITS Pilani is like).
- Placements- the number and kind of companies that come for campus placements, core companies and their placement history.
Having a backup means that you are prepared mentally and also logistically (fees, travel and accommodation wise) in case of not getting your preferred choice. We wish that all of you get the college that you want but in retrospect you will appreciate having a backup on hand.
It certainly does feel good to have an acceptance letter from a college, it’s the kind of tangible validation that we all crave for at that time. But being too eager also means that you might miss out on a much better opportunity. So sit tight and analyze all your options before locking a choice, keep a note of last dates for filling and see how much you can stall before locking a choice.
Mark all dates on a calendar, they are easier to track that way and also ensure you don’t miss any deadline in all the frenzy. Most colleges conduct their counselling online but a select few still do theirs on campus and you might have to be physically present on campus to register. Being prepared with your bookings and tickets will prove to be prudent and economical.