Monday, February 18, 2013

Accepted Students Days!

Hello all! I know, it has been a while. It has been a little nuts around here lately. But today has been a lovely day! I had class at 8am and was done for the day by 9:35. That is pretty lovely if you ask me! But the best part of my day you ask?! Welllllllllllll, at noon I got the chance to eat lunch with accepted students and their families and answer questions and tell them how much I love Saint Mike's....because I really do love Saint Mike's. It was really great to get a sense of what they were looking for in a school and to answer questions that may not have been answered on tours. So here are some of my tips for I guess "surviving" accepted students days, because let us be real here, they can be pretty freaking terrifying.

1.) If there are 10 activities on the list, go to all of them. I know, you are probably thinking, do I really have to go to every single thing? And I am able to answer honestly, no you don't, but you probably should. I know sitting through something that you may not be interested in may be more than boring, but whatever you sit through you will gain some information that you didn't already have before.

2.) If there is a tour of a dorm, do it. I guess this one is kind of a no brainer. You obviously want to see where you will spending a whole year of your life living. To me, this is a really important thing.

3.) Ask questions about things that interest you- everyone basically has to give you the same basic overview of the school. But say you are really interested in biology for instance and your tour guide or someone on your panel hasn't talked about it, speak up! They would be more than happy to answer your questions!

4.) See if you can eat lunch with a current student- I did that today and I had a blast! The two girls were amazing and so were their families. I tend to like the more personal settings to ask questions so that I don't have to speak in front of a super large crowd because sometimes that just freaks me out. Also it is great because you get to take the food for a little test drive!

5.) If you do number 4, chances are the person you ate with will have your email address. They will probably email you after the little lunch "date" (for lack of better words). Feel free to respond with any lingering questions you may have, add them on facebook, follow them on twitter or do whatever. They are a great resource for you, especially if you plan on coming to the school in the fall. They will always be willing to help you find places on campus or anything else along those lines. Also, another super big point that you may want to look into is doing an overnight on campus to see what it is like on the weekends. They are some great people to ask about that!

6.) Don't be nervous- we have all been there. It really is no big deal.

7.) Introduce yourself- be brave. See someone sitting alone? Go sit with them and be all like "Hey I'm (insert name here)". Then BAM, one new friend/ familiar face. Also, I would recommend introducing yourself to teachers or people of higher stature in the college. It is great later on when you may need their assistance for something and they are able to put a name to a face.

8.) After your tours, make a pros/cons list. It really helps when it comes time to actually make a decision to figure out what you are actually looking for.

9.) Join the Saint Michael's College Class of 2017 page on facebook! It is a great way to meet other incoming students and to get questions answered if you have any!

10.) Take the time to stray off the beaten path. After the day is done, take the time to just walk around campus and explore. You never know what you are going to find!

I hope all the students that came today had an amazing time and I hope to see many of your faces in the fall!
Oh and another little incentive to come here, the sunsets have been AH-MAY-ZING.

Love and first steps,

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