BC tied BU last night 2-2, blah blah, lucky to earn the point, etc.
This morning, I got to do something even more fun and more rewarding than watching BC sports.
I volunteered at Admitted Eagle Day, the university's reception for students accepted early action into the Class of 2012.
I spent a few hours sitting down with accepted students, having breakfast , chatting, and answering questions. I eased some people's fears (no, you don't have to go to mass; no, not everyone is a J. Crew catalog model; no, not everyone is from Boston), gave a few people the truth even if it wasn't ideal (no, you can't have a car; yes, it gets cold here; no, we don't have a student union; no, we won't win the Beanpot), and gave them tips and hints on what to do if/when they matriculate (go to the hockey games [obviously, what else would I recommend], do community service, take the D line instead of the B line to go to Boston, eat at Roggie's your first weekend).
My biggest focus was just trying to have natural, relaxed conversations and let my true genuine enthusiasm for BC come through - and avoid cliches and statistics that every college in America tries to throw at prospective students. (It feels big and small! You're a name not a number!) One of the things I like best about the people who work for BC admissions is that there's a real sincerity to the whole process. This school sells itself, we just need to nudge people in the right direction.
I also like how enthused and passionate people are to talk about their interests here at BC. This really is a special place, and it rings through to a lot of these visitors when they get to sit down and have one-on-one conversations with us about the things we love to do and the opportunities we have here.
I tried to stress the idea of community, and being proud of fellow BC students and alums. That community is what makes BC special, and that network can be very helpful after graduation.
We have 3 or 4 more of these events coming up this year and I really can't wait. It's a lot of fun and it really brings me back to senior year in high school (although hearing "Class of 2012" makes me feel old).
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