In the past week:
The essay that explained all the reasons the student wanted to go…to William and Mary. Where, I hope, he will be very happy.
Our application asks whether the applicant has ever been convicted of a felony. One student said yes, but didn’t provide the required explanation. When we contacted him to follow up, it turns out he was actually just pulled over for speeding. He got a warning. Not quite a felony…
The applicant that sent in an appeal of her decision – BEFORE we made the decision!
Three parents calling to complain about all the trouble they had filing out the application – not their son or daughter, mind you – their offspring were far too busy to fill out the applications themselves.
Like most schools, this time of year we are deep in the thick of the process. We’ll have a large number of students who are on the bubble for decisions, and we’ll spend hours deciding which ones to accept, which to offer waitlist, and which will unfortunately be denied. A big part of the process is trying to determine which of our admitted students will end up enrolling so we can be sure we have the right sized class, so while students and parents try to predict our behavior, we’re also trying to predict yours. We’re also making scholarship and honors program awards. Of course, we also have Homecoming next weekend, and we’ve started sending those same admissions counselors that have to read your applications out on the road to attend the spring college fairs.
But soon the letters and awards will be out, the appeals will be reviewed, and then the real work begins – you have to pick which of the many many schools that admitted you to choose – your chance to make US sweat. So we’ll write you, email you, IM you, facebook and myspace you – we may even quarterlife, secondlife, or World of Warcraft you. If you thought it was annoying when we were getting you to apply, just wait until you see what we do trying get you to commit! Be seeing you – a lot!
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