If you’re considering secondary education at a trade school, you know there can be an overwhelming number of options! You can choose from countless schools and programs, each of them different from the other. One of the best ways to help yourself make a decision is to visit the schools you are seriously considering. Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage (OTSM) puts on a few open houses each year, so here are our top five most important things you can learn for yourself at a trade school open house!
1. Inspect the Facility Quality
Not all schools are created equal, and that goes for the facility itself as well! When you visit Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in person, you can inspect the building and equipment for yourself. You can see for yourself the quality of the equipment and how up-to-date the facility is! Visiting a school allows you to see the care put into the school, which can reflect the care that will be put into your education.
2. Find the Best Schedule for You
When you’re deciding which school to attend, you may find yourself unsure of which schedule you want to enroll in when you visit a school. During your visit you can chat with the teachers, staff, or possibly a counselor to help make that decision. Talking to employees at OSTM can allow them to get to know you better, and help you confirm the schedule choice you want to make. It’s not unheard of for students to change their mind after a conversation with someone who works at the school!
3. Meet Your Instructors
Depending on the schedule you select, you could be spending the next 6-15 months with your instructor(s)! Getting to know them and what it will be like working with them can help you to feel more confident with your decision. You can get a sense for your instructor and their passion for teaching long before you even apply or enroll! Visiting a school at an open house gives you an idea what spending time with your instructors is like before you’ve committed. Good instructors show passion, respect, and consideration for their students, so be on the lookout for good qualities!
4. Experience the Culture
Your first visit to a school can help you get an idea of what the culture is like. If the culture feels welcoming, inclusive, and uplifting, you can likely expect that your entire experience at the school will feel that way! Culture permeates every part of a school, especially the education. Make sure you find a place where you are empowered to learn and excel! What OSTM does outside of the classroom can also be a good indicator of a positive culture. Look for things like charity events, extracurricular opportunities, or other things that show an involved school.
5. Ask Many Questions
Perhaps the biggest advantage of attending an open house is having the option to ask lots of questions. All kinds of faculty, staff, and students are usually present, so you can get diverse opinions from different points of view at the school. Asking students about their experience can help you visualize what daily life would be like as a student yourself. Asking instructors questions can help you feel confident that you can succeed in your program and know that you have their support. Asking counselors or advisors questions can help you feel confident and prepared to fund your program. The people you meet are often excited to meet you and help you with your questions, so don’t hesitate to ask away!
Visit Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage
Are you considering a massage therapy education with Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage? We’re happy to schedule a time to let you tour the school with us! Visit our tour page to schedule a preferred time to come see what we’re all about. If you’d prefer to attend an open house, follow our Facebook page for more information on open house dates and times!