While the counselors are away…

Our PR staff is always prepared for the crowds. Will you be getting one of these folders at an upcoming event?

Note: Today’s guest author is Shelly Placek, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions’ Web and Publications Marketing Specialist. Shelly has guest authored a few times in the past, once introducing you to our amazing student videographers and another time detailing her main role in our office as publications master.

It’s 2:00 p.m. on a Tuesday and I have a question for Admissions_Daniel. I pick up the phone and dial his extension. No answer. I trot over to the other side of the office. I’m greeted by a silent, lonely hallway lined on both sides by closed office doors.

A sad sight: the closed door of Admissions_Daniel’s office.
A sad sight: the closed door of Admissions_Daniel’s office.

“Hello?” I yell, my voice booming in the empty space. “HELLO??” No response. I panic. Where have all of the admissions counselors gone?

Hellooo? Is there anyone home? This lonely hallway will be a lot less boring in a few weeks.
Hellooo? Is there anyone home? This lonely hallway will be a lot less boring in a few weeks.

[Important note: That opening paragraph was exaggerated for dramatic effect. I know exactly where the counselors are—and if I have a question for Admissions_Daniel, I’ll just e-mail him and he’ll respond promptly from his ever-present iPad. (And the question was most likely American Horror Story-related and not urgent anyway.) Furthermore, if I had yelled down the hallway like a crazy person, at least a few voices would’ve yelled back, “What!? And why are you yelling?” because many of the counselors have student workers or volunteers who happily camp out in their offices and take care of things while they’re away.]

Anyway, back to my fake panicking. Had the zombie apocalypse come and taken all of our admissions counselors? Was it an office holiday that I didn’t know about (this has happened in the past—darn you, day after Thanksgiving!)? Nope—none of these things. It’s simply fall at the Johns Hopkins Office of Undergraduate Admissions and many of our hardworking counselors are on the road attending college fairs, visiting high schools, and giving presentations to get the word out about Johns Hopkins. (Explore Hopkins presentations are still happening throughout October—see if there’s one happening near you: http://apply.jhu.edu/visit/explorehopkins.html.) Soon the counselors will be back and begin the task of selecting the Class of 2016, but while they’re traveling around the country and internationally, the rest of us back here at the office are busy greeting prospective students and their families and speaking with them on the phone, planning events, entering names into our database, starting to process application materials, and doing many other things to get ready for the busy months ahead. All throughout the office, people are energetically and enthusiastically working to keep things running smoothly.

Our event staff keeps things lively during this busy recruiting season.
Our event staff keeps things lively during this busy recruiting season.
As the application materials come pouring in, they’ll find a home in the appropriate counselor’s bin.
As the application materials come pouring in, they’ll find a home in the appropriate counselor’s bin.

Many of you are probably prepping for busy months ahead yourselves. Maybe we can help. There’s still time to visit if you haven’t already: We’re holding Open Houses on October 22 and 29, plus you can come see us any weekday.

Our PR staff is always prepared for the crowds. Will you be getting one of these folders at an upcoming event?
Our PR staff is always prepared for the crowds. Will you be getting one of these folders at an upcoming event?

Already visited and decided Johns Hopkins is for you? We’re ready for your applications (and good choice, by the way)! See the application page for all the necessary information you need, or visit the Early Decision FAQ if you’re feverishly trying to finish your apps in the next two weeks. Stuck on your essay? Find some essay-writing tips and inspiration on our “Essays that Worked” page.

Soon these (and many of their friends) will be set up and holding YES! acceptance folders as they’re prepped for mailing.
Soon these (and many of their friends) will be set up and holding YES! acceptance folders as they’re prepped for mailing.

So, we hope to see you or hear from you soon—otherwise, our jobs get really boring. Happy fall from Mason Hall!

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