Mod Squad Pete, for one.
I guess I’ll expand on that and say, any admitted student who can.
1. The college has loads of information to share about new student timelines, orientation, policies, payments, and much more.
2. Access to that information — in person — provides the opportunity to ask questions about any confusing details.
3. No matter how many details are provided in the college website, the people working with first year students tend to be warm and engaging folks who help explain important aspects with memorable stories, whether amusing anecdotes or cautionary tales.
4. The campus just plain feels different to an admitted student than to a wannabe.
5. An admitted student who has already made his or her decision will be able to ask very specific questions, visit a dorm they may end up living in, and start making connections with profs.
6. An undecided admitted student has even more reason to attend and ask questions. Every part of the event provides more data — whether good, bad or neutral — to aid the decision-making.
And here’s why it was important for Pete to attend.
While we’ve done what we could to keep open minds about his college short list, we’ve realized that over the past few months, Pete, Mod Squad Dad, and I had all been imagining Pete at one particular school next year.
We all thought it was his favorite. These mostly unspoken, yet shared, thoughts fueled Pete’s mild disinterest in visiting all four admitted day events.
Until the event came for that particular school, and he gathered enough data to decide, perhaps: it’s not the one.
Which moved him, on or around mid-April, back to an open decision. Hello, flipcharts, hadn’t seen you in a while!
[Reminder to self from a recent post: Every admitted-student event brings with it the possibility that this is, or isn’t, the college Pete will choose.]
Meanwhile, have you noticed? There are not many days left in April.
- College decision month: time to revisit campuses (drstrangecollege.wordpress.com)
- Say yes to UVM! (uvmadmissions.wordpress.com)