I feel like it has been forever since my last post too, but I promise you it has been because we have been SUPER busy in the world of Admissions!
After we release decisions at the end of March, people often ask me, “How does it feel to be done?” or “What are you going to do now that the cycle is finished?” However, the reality is, we are never “done” or “finished.” So, here is the whirlwind wrap up of my very busy April, May, and June.
As Admissions_Daniel mentioned in his last blog, our campus was bustling in April. We had admitted seniors on campus for our SOHOP programs, admitted student visit days, and current juniors and sophomores stopping by for the first time. Our lobby was always full of guests, and our counseling staff was constantly out meeting and greeting students and their families.
During May, we found out our class was complete (welcome, Class of 2016!), worked on transfer decisions, and I even did some spring travel. This year I did two very fun trips! First, I headed to Southern California for a case studies program. This was a three-day event where I visited schools (with 40+ other counselors) from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles to talk about the admissions process and how it works. We met with students and parents to discuss how we read applications, and even did a mock reading with them. During this mock committee review, we looked at four different students who were applying to the same university. We discussed both the positives and negatives of each applicant, and then had to pick one admit, one wait list, and one deny. I worked with two different groups of parents and two different groups of students, and even though they reviewed the same applications, all groups chose different students to admit, wait list, and deny. It just goes to show that this some really tough decisions are made during application review and committee!
Next, I was headed off to Colombia. I had never been before, and I absolutely loved it! For this trip, I traveled with a friend, Andrew, who works with Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Together, we visited Bogota, Cali, Barranquilla, and Cartagena. Each day, we toured schools, spoke to counselors, and shared information about our universities with prospective students. I enjoyed getting to meet students on the road and really understand how their schools worked. Another plus of getting to travel to Colombia was having some free time. Andrew and I had an evening in Bogota and a day to explore Cartagena.
While in Bogota, we were able to travel to the top of the mountain to Monserrate, visit the Museo de Oro, and walk around the many plaza areas and parks.
In Cartagena, we spent our morning by the pool soaking up some sun, and then we went to the old city area where we had a great dinner at La Perla.
The country was beautiful, and I hope that I can get back there soon! Oh, and how can I forget, while visiting Colegio Nueva Granada in Bogota, I was able to meet one of our newest members of the class of 2016. Great to see you Daniel – can’t wait to have you on campus in a few months!
Finally, our seniors graduated on May 24th.The day before graduation, our office celebrated with students who have both volunteered and worked in Admissions throughout their four years here, and then on the actual day, I served as an usher and was able to see our seniors walk across stage. While I am excited to see what the future brings for our graduates, it is definitely sad to see them go!
This past month, my summer interns and I were focused on hiring and training over thirty new tour guides for the summer. Since many of our guides head home during the summer, we train a whole new set to step in and take charge during June, July, and August.
Our counselors have also begun to think about fall travel…with only about two months before we hit the road, we need to figure out all of the stops we are going to make, whether it be at high schools, college fairs, or regional presentations.
Finally, while it has been sad to see a colleague go, in June, we were happy to welcome a new addition to our staff – Laurin Wolf. For about two weeks now, she has been going through new counselor training, and she is doing great. Don’t worry, she will be joining our blogging team, so you will get to meet her real soon! Congratulations Laurin!
Now that you are all caught up (whew!), look for many more posts this summer and throughout the next school year.