… or so my colleagues told me when I first started working at Hopkins five years ago.
Greetings! Admissions_Shannon here and I am excited to write my first offical blog entry as co-author of the Hopkins Insider. During my undergraduate years at Gettysburg College, I spent a lot of time in the school’s Admissions Office. I was a tour guide, office receptionist, day and overnight visit coordinator, and intern. After graduating in May of 2005, I realized how much I loved what I was doing and decided I wanted to continue on in the field. I began my job search, got an interview at Hopkins, and was hired by the university in July. I made the move from my hometown of East Brunswick, New Jersey to Baltimore Maryland, and started working on Monday, August 8th. And now I am a blogger.
In my first few days of work, my new colleagues introduced me to the Admissions Cycle – in the fall we travel and recruit, in the winter we read applications and make decisions, in the spring we put on admitted student events, and in the summer we relax and get ready for the new year. However, I have found that summers are anything but relaxing!
With a 33% increase in applications since I have been here (from 13,768 who applied in the fall of 2005 to 18,459 who applied in the fall of 2009…yikes!), Hopkins is always a busy place to be! During the fall, I am charged with visiting high schools, going to college fairs, and conducting Explore Hopkins presentations throughout my region of California, Alaska, and Hawaii. Although I do not get to visit every state each year, I am the office expert on schools in these areas. When winter rolls around, I read over 1,400 applications for first reads from these areas. I then move onto the committee process with my colleagues to make decisions on who will be a part of next year’s class. By the time spring has arrived, I am into campus visit mode. While I am the advisor of the Blue Key Tour Guide Society year round, this is one of the most important times for tours of campus, as many students are deciding which college or university is the best fit for them.
Finally, when the summer is here, the whirlwind begins once again. New tour guides need to be hired, trained, and scheduled. Travel needs to be set up – flights booked, hotels selected, visits planned. Weekend programming needs to be organized. Projects need to be completed.
This summer has been no different! In May, I hired, trained, and scheduled over 50 guides to conduct tours throughout the summer. I’ve been busy arranging my fall travel to North Carolina (I’ll be helping out a colleague this year who is about to have a baby), California, AND Hawaii! We have successfully conducted five weekend programs with over 3,100 visitors, including student panels and tour guides…those are my pieces to organize. And now, I am starting up new projects. I am revising our tour route with the reopening of Gilman Hall, preparing to welcome our new class and get them involved in volunteering for the admissions office, and starting to blog too.
This brings me here, posting my first blog on Hopkins Interactive. I am excited to share not only my admissions knowledge, but also information on student life and the city of Baltimore. Having worked closely with students for my last five years as the Blue Key Tour Guide Advisor, manager of office student workers, and supervisor of our student interns, I have some great insight on life on the Homewood campus. As Admissions_Daniel also mentioned, I am one of Baltimore’s biggest fans.
So come back soon, and come back often. Ask questions, suggest topics you would like to learn more about, and let me know how I can help!