"The Road to Succe$$"
A College Search WebQuest for High School Seniors
Searching for Your College
Designed by C. Douglas Bunch & Odyssey Design
"The Road to Success" begins with a well-planned methodology of selecting, gathering data, analyzing your results, integrating other relevant information (spreadsheet provided to start your evaluation) on the colleges you have under consideration. Hopefully, if going to college is your plan, you will complete all of these suggested steps below in this WebQuest long before you reach your high school graduation day.
Growing weary of the
“drudgeries” of being a senior in high school? Soon, very soon, you will have the
opportunity to move on to that glorious phase of life that many refer to
as “the best years of their lives.”
But before you can reach the ivy halls of learning,
fraternity/sorority life, football homecomings, possibly becoming a campus
activist… you must take the time to explore via the internet the various
colleges and universities that may be of interest to you based on the
college’s size, the major you plan to pursue, the money you have
available or are willing to borrow, how far from home you want to be, the
college’s reputation, and so on.
short, your goal is to find the
fit” for you. To not do so
may mean a wasted semester, a year, perhaps two at a college that was not
suited to you and your needs. Selecting
the “right” college is no easy task.
It involves many factors beyond mere research. Your values, wants, and needs must
also be taken into consideration.
the final analysis, it is your decision to make because it is you who will
live with the results of your choice.
"By the end of this Webquest, you will have gathered enough pertinent information to make an “informed” decision as to which three colleges meet the criteria you have determined that will allow you to flourish in all aspects, not just academics. Once you have completed your research and selected three schools, you will complete applications for each one. Finally you will make an appointment with your guidance counselor to discuss your future plans."
It's later than you think ! Graduation will be here in the blink of
an eye. So, how do you get started with making this big
decision? Check out the PROCESS section below for all the details.
Now that you have completed your journey… how
do you feel about your choices?
you feel you covered all the relevant points you need to consider in
making an informed decision? Did
you visit the campus? If so,
what were your impressions of the campus?
Are there other intangible factors you may not have considered? Are you having second thoughts about your choices? Your academic counselor will
contact you at the end of your first year to see if you feel you made a
wise decision in selecting a college.
Now that you have the monumental task of
selecting and applying to the schools of your choice behind you, you can
concentrate on enjoying the rest of your senior year with your classmates. Time will pass quickly. Once you have received your
letters of acceptance you will once again have a decision to make. Which school will you attend? Making this decision may be
somewhat difficult, but you have the peace of mind knowing you can retrace
your steps, repeat any of the suggested processes in this WebQuest, and
then finalize your selection. Congratulations !
You have taken a major step toward making your dreams come true !
I would like to make mention of the fact that the following two websites are most helpful in the creation of other WebQuests....saving you a lot of time in the planning, organizing your content, and finally putting your all work and energy into a marketable tool! These links are following: The WebQuest Page and the Design Patterns page.
We all benefit by being generous with our work. Permission is hereby
granted for other educators to copy this WebQuest, update or otherwise
modify it, and post it elsewhere provided that the original author's name
is retained along with a link back to the original URL of this WebQuest.
On the line after the original author's name, you may add Modified by
(your name) on (date). If you do modify it, please let me know and
provide the new URL. I really appreciate your consideration. C. Douglas Bunch
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