Earlier this week, Mod Squad Pete and I went on an eight-hour door-to-door journey — for a sandwich and a two-hour event held in DC and five hours in the car.
There had been some discussion in this house about whether the event would be worth the trip, especially since it was on a weeknight.
Here’s what we learned. You tell me: was it worth it?
- While we thought we’d completed all financial aid forms, turns out there’s a very good reason we had not received any information back from this college. [There’s one more.]
- If Pete chooses this college, he needs to reserve housing by June 18.
- If Pete chooses this college, he needs to do some major research on the course calendar, select courses, and be ready to register on June 18.
- … for both the Fall and Winter semesters.
- If you give Pete a pen and a pad of paper with your college logo, at some point during the presentation he will write, “I want to go home.’
- Housing choices vary from shared houses with 17 people to high-rises with hundreds and hundreds.
- A very nice admissions officer who answers questions as completely as possible is both a good and a bad thing.
- If before the event, you’re sitting at the sandwich shop and Pete says, “I’m really looking forward to this,” he’s talking about the food, not the event.
- You are much more likely to ask questions at admitted-student events when it’s a college you think is your senior’s favorite.
- That ‘answer all the possible questions’ admissions officer? When she’s surrounded by a scrum of parents and students after the presentation, they will have to wait so long for questions to be answered, that when it gets to be their turn and they’ve asked all the questions they had, they will start making up more questions. Really.
- Every admitted-student event brings with it the possibility that this is, or isn’t, the college Pete will choose.
- Pete follows the same path he did at admissions info sessions: always chooses the front row.
- One way admitted-student events differ from admissions info sessions, according to Pete: “This feels different. You’re no longer trying to decide if you have a better chance than the next person. We’re all in!”
I see a flipchart with pros and cons in our very near future.
- College decision month: time to revisit campuses (drstrangecollege.wordpress.com)
- College decision month: Virtual visits? (drstrangecollege.wordpress.com)