Live Blogging on Early Decision Release Day (Class of 2017)

Federal Hill in Baltimore

Hi all!

In case you didn’t notice by the title of this blog, today is Early Decision Release Day! Throughout the day, we will be putting the final touches on the Class of 2017. To keep you posted on how things are going, we will be LIVE BLOGGING . So, check back, and check back often to see how we are doing.

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Admissions_Shannon

8:45 AM – As Tracy Turnblad from Hairspray would say, “GOOD MORNING BALTIMORE!”

Federal Hill in Baltimore
Federal Hill in Baltimore
Inner Harbor
Inner Harbor

 

I am up, on the move, and have finally arrived to work. Slowly, but surely, the staff is settling in and getting ready for the big day. There are checks to be done and some last minute details that need to be taken care of, so we can release our decisions later this evening. It seems like just yesterday we were traveling throughout the world and meeting potential students. Now, after some hard work over these last few weeks, I know my colleagues and I are super excited to welcome our first members to the class of 2017.

 

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Admissions_Shelly

9:58 AM

Happy decision release day from Admissions_Shelly!

My day started as usual, with a prompt 5:56 a.m. wake-up call from my daughter Stella. She must’ve known it was decision release day and wanted to wake up to tell you all (or yell to you all) good luck.

Good luck from Stella, JHU Class of 2033?? (Yikes!)
Good luck from Stella, JHU Class of 2033?? (Yikes!)

After dropping her off, I headed into the office and got ready for a busy day. I’ve already had one and a half meetings—the half was a morning chat that turned into talk of the day ahead. We’re doing our best here to make sure that the decision release process goes smoothly for all of our applicants. If you haven’t already, If you haven’t already, check out this information on accessing your decision this evening: http://apply.jhu.edu/apply/faq_decisions.html.

A frosty morning on Decker Quad
A frosty morning on Decker Quad

Right now, I’m heading into another meeting to chat some more about the decision release process. Our phones will be open until 7:00 p.m. EST tonight to help any students who are having log-in issues. (We’ll help you out with any other questions next week during normal business hours.) And don’t worry—we multitask around here, so Early Decision release isn’t the only thing on our minds. We’re also thinking about our Regular Decision applicants; if you’re still working on your application or thinking about applying, the Regular Decision deadline is coming up on January 1. We’re also looking way ahead to the Class of 2018 and beyond, so we’re talking about spring programming and our outreach efforts already.

Some of us are also feeling great today after winning a prized item in our office’s silent auction to benefit the United Way. This is a popular (and competitive) event that our office holds every year that raises lots of money for a great cause. Yours truly walked away with a “tour of Charles Village” set of gift cards to some of my favorite spots in the nearby Charles Village neighborhood, where many of head for lunch most days. Lunch is on me, Admissions_Shannon! (Just kidding…although you can come with :))

Another sweet score from the United Way auction!
Another sweet score from the United Way auction!

Hope everyone is hanging in there while waiting for your JHU and other decisions. I share Admissions_Shannon’s excitement in welcoming the first members of the Class of 2017! Also, keep in mind Admissions_Laurin’s wise words from a few days ago: http://blogs.hopkins-interactive.com/blog/2012/12/tis-the-season/.

Off to another meeting…I’ll check in soon!

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Admissions_Ardi

11:34 AM

Greetings HI readers.  It’s Ardi again, and I’ll be live blogging with the best of them for ED Decision Release Day.  I also happen to be the admissions officer giving the information sessions today (shhhh…I’m sneaking away for a few minutes to keep you all updated).

We are all anxiously awaiting for the mail to get picked up, as you can see in the previous post.  I would have loved to pose with the rest of the group, but I was downstairs giving the first information session.  However, as I was talking to today’s visitors, I couldn’t help but think about how cool it was to give the session with decisions waiting right up stairs.  For me, it is always really interesting to see the whole picture when you get to the end of something.  All of this reminds me of the time I applied, went to information sessions, and waited for my decision.  In the end, it all gets me really excited to see the next class of Hopkins Blue Jays come onto campus and do great things here, which is a feeling I’m sure we all share in the Admissions Office.

Well, duty calls…even on ED Decision Release Day.  I’ve got another session at 1 PM today, so I’m going to grab a quick lunch and get ready for that.  I’ll be sure to snap many more photos over the course of the day.  Be back soon.

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Admissions_Laurin

12:27PM

Hi everyone! I’m in the middle of my first my first decision release day, and I couldn’t be more excited! I just went to a meeting with Admissions_Shannon and Admissions_Shelly—we received updates on the website our applicants will be using to check their decisions this evening so that we can assist with any issues that may arise. We’ll be available by phone until about 7 p.m. tonight if you’re having technical difficulties, but please note that we won’t we discussing any decisions over the phone.

Meeting time!

 

Decisions, decisions!

Miranda, one of the senior SAAB bloggers/my student worker, is sitting in my office putting the finishing touches on the Class of 2017 Facebook group! We create one of these every year as a place for future Blue Jays to connect with one another. If you’re admitted, you’ll receive information about requesting membership in the group. You’ll see a post with some guidelines for participation in the group, so be sure to check those out before you join the conversation.

Miranda hard at work!

We’re off to enjoy a homemade chili lunch by our very own Bryan. I’ll be checking in again around 2 p.m., when the Postal Service comes to pick up admit packets! See you then…

Paul and Bryan with the chili

 

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12:45 PM

Admissions_Shelly

I joined Admissions_Ardi, Laurin, and Shannon for a quick and delicious chili lunch–another United Way fundraiser, btw!–that turned into a fun, family-style gathering. Say hello to the JHU Undergrad Admissions staff!

Grabbing a quick lunch during busy ED Release day!
Grabbing a quick lunch during busy ED Release day!

You might see some familiar faces there, including your favorite bloggers and maybe even your regional admissions counselor. Hope your day is going well, wherever you are…stay tuned for more updates!

 

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Admissions_Shannon

2:00 PM – The call has been made…everyone to the third floor to grab a bin! This year, we are doing things a bit differently – rather than brining all of the admit packets to the Post Office, the Post Office is coming to us. We’ve combined bins to carry them all downstairs and await the arrival of the truck. The mail is about to be sent on its way! Two of our colleages, Sarah and Katie, are already headed across the streat to drop some packets for international students in the FedEx bins.

Admissions_Pat  - "What do I do? This is my first mailing!"
Admissions_Pat - "What do I do? This is my first mailing!"
Admissions_Ardi - clearly excited to send off his first bin!
Admissions_Ardi - clearly excited to send off his first bin!
Admissions_Laurin - first bin as a new counselor!
Admissions_Laurin - first bin as a new counselor!
down the stairs we go!
down the stairs we go!
...and more to go down the stairs!
...and more to go down the stairs!
Crossing our fingers the mail truck is here :)
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Admissions_Laurin
3:00 PM
…And it was! We made our way down to the circular driveway in front of Mason Hall, where the mail truck was waiting patiently for us. All of the staff converging from different doors made it look like we were part of a choreographed musical. Maybe we should have titled this blog “Admissions: Live!” What followed was a perfectly orchestrated display of teamwork– we created an assembly line and had those bins loaded up in no time flat! But first, we had to take a few pictures– can’t forget to document this momentous occasion.
Here we come!

 

Bins and grins

 

Great teamwork by Bryan and Dana!

Then it was over– our admit packets were on their way to their new homes. It was pretty awesome to see our weeks of reading and discussion manifested in the form of hundreds of thick envelopes. We waved goodbye (well, I did, because I’m kind of weird like that) and then headed back inside to continue our preparation for this evening!

And they're off!

I’ve been keeping an eye on our Google analytics page for the Insider blog– it’s fun to see how many of you are reading from all over the world! Check back soon for more updates!

 

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4:03 PM

Admissions_Ardi

Ardi back again.  The second info session is done, and luckily, I was able to catch the group moving all of the decision packets before they were mailed out.  We loaded all of them on the truck and saw them ship out to all the eagerly waiting ED applicants.  Let me tell you, I feel like a proud new admissions officer.

ED Release is coming up fast.  However, there is no rest for the weary admissions officer.  Even now, I just came out of a meeting to talk about regular decision applications coming up in a few weeks (eeeep!).  Here in the office, we are all getting ready to work with the new batch of applicants coming when January 1st hits.  Even farther beyond that, I am starting to plan out my spring travel back out to San Francisco and the West Coast (some tell me it’s called the Best Coast?  Confirm or deny).

As a newbie in the office, I have to say that it has been a great first ED cycle.  I definitely feel like I learned a lot from everyone and saw so much about what goes on behind the scenes.  Hopefully, these blogs give you a little sense of that too.

I also wanted to take a moment out of the excitement of this day and say how heavy all of our hearts are here after hearing of the school shooting tragedy in Connecticut. What a sad day for so many, and it certainly puts things in perspective. Our thoughts go out to all of those impacted there.

Thanks to everyone who has been following us so far. Admissions_Shelly will be back in a few minutes with an important update!

 

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4:42 PM

Greetings again from Admissions_Shelly. This will be our final post of the day, as we sign off to either head home or to man the phones and help any of you who may have technical difficulties accessing your decisions. (Note: Our extended phone hours today, until 7:00 p.m. are really geared towards helping applicants sign into the decision site; we’ll be happy to speak with everyone else next week during normal business hours.)

Here’s what you can expect this evening:

–Around 5:00 p.m. EST, all ED applicants will get an e-mail from us with a link to the decision release site. Decisions will be released around 6:00 p.m. at that site, which is here: https://jhucrf.applicationsonline.com/. You can check it out now, but there won’t be anything to see until 6:00 when we release decisions.

–Around 6:00 p.m., you’ll see a log-in screen where you’ll use the ID that we sent you via e-mail last Friday and the password that you hopefully have set up by now to log in and view your decision.

–An important note: Because everyone will be logging in at the same time, there may be a bit of a lag time. Just be patient. Give it some time to load; if you get an error message, simply close your browser and try to log in again.

–If you haven’t yet set up your ISIS account, you should do that. Like, now-ish, because you won’t be able to access your decision until you set up your account. Instructions were included in an e-mail from us on Dec. 7. If you never received that, give us a call at (410) 516-8171 or e-mail gotojhu@jhu.edu and we’ll talk you through it.

–If you applied for Financial Aid, awards will be available to see around 8:30 p.m. EST. You can log into ISIS, isis.jhu.edu, and check under “Financial Aid”> “Summary” to see your award.

–As I mentioned, we’ll be available by phone or e-mail until 7:00 p.m. tonight to help anyone who has problems logging in.

Finally, I’ll end with some sound advice that my former colleague Admissions_Daniel used to give applicants each year—and he says it so well that I’ll just quote rather than trying to reword it:

“After you receive your decision, my suggestion is that you log-off and go spend some time with your family. No matter what decision you receive, let the news sink in and do it off-line. This is a major milestone in your life, and you should share your initial reactions and emotions with your family and those closest to you. These people have been there since the first moment of your life, and they will be there FOREVER. Your family is not an online community. Your family is not Facebook. Your family is not some anonymous screenname. Your family is not this blog. Please follow this advice. Receive your decision and sign off. Don’t update your Facebook status immediately. Don’t post a blog comment. Don’t go post your emotions on some Web forums. Share your thoughts and emotions in the real world first. The virtual world will be there later for you to provide a social media spin on your news.”

A truly heartfelt thank you to all of our applicants for considering Johns Hopkins, especially for Early Decision, and many more thanks to those of you who have been following us today and every day. From all of us here at the Hopkins Insider and the entire Office of Undergraduate Admissions, best wishes to everyone!

10 thoughts on “Live Blogging on Early Decision Release Day (Class of 2017)

  1. Good luck Admissions_Shannon, Admissions_Laurin, and Admissions_Shelly. I will be following the updates down here in Atlanta as we wrap-up our process. It is so weird to not be involved in this tradition. *tears in my eyes*

  2. What a truly exciting day! Our family awaits with all the patience we can muster the clock strikes 6.

  3. I am a prospective student from India. Tomorrow morning when I wake up I will know whether or not I get into my dream college. I am as excited (and nervous) to know the decision as the admission officers are right now.

  4. Thanks so much for following the blog, Prospective Mom and Prospective Student. Wishing you both the best!

  5. I have refreshed this page about every twenty minutes. A few more hours until I find out if I will be going to my dream school next year… The anxiety is kicking in, ahh!

    But anyways, thank you guys for updating so much.. It helps keep me sane at a time like this :)

  6. Tom Petty probably said it best:

    “You take it on faith, you take it to the heart. The waiting is the hardest part.”

    Good luck to everyone and to the admissions staff keep up the great work.

  7. Hooray — decision-release days are some of my favorite days to check the blog. You all are doing a great job with the behind-the-scenes updates!

  8. Took Admission_Daniel ‘s advice and first shared my reaction in person with my family and I can honestly say it made everything much better.

    I am proud to say I am part of Johns Hopkins University, class of 2017! :D

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