As the resident Admissions staff member of The Bulldog Project, it's my job to keep the blog fresh with the gossip and goings-on of the good people over at the Ward Admissions House.
The last blog I wrote about the on-campus job I actually get paid for was in November. Is it safe to say that I'm doing my job pretty terribly? Did Bill Clinton have sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky? The answer to both those questions is the same.
In my defense however, I must admit that "what happens at Admissions, stays at Admissions." We do our best to maintain CIA-level security by keeping all doors unlocked and happily receiving strange families who frequent our doormat Monday through Saturday, 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Sometimes, we even take on a couple hundred prospective students on Saturday mornings.
Scholarship Day. A day of erudition, "Hi, nice to meet you, my name is___," and padding of wallets for both the school and the scholars. Once a month, in January, February, and March, the AC Admissions Dream Team (and all the other important members of the College--Mr. Prez. and Co.) invites admitted students who are considering attending Adrian College to visit campus for Scholarship Day, an event that guarantees $4,000! in grants to the lucky men and women on our official Guest List. If you are familiar with Bulldog 101, the last Admissions event I wrote about way back in November of 2014, you'll know that the prospective students at those events are taken on group tours of the entire campus, led by your tried-and-true Admissions student-workers and their trusted Counselors. Scholarship Day (informally referred to as Scal-Day), is a more specific version of Bulldog 101: students with particular scholastic interests--usually the closest thing to the major they think they'll choose--are grouped off and taken to an interactive demonstration or presentation led by professors from their field of study.
As the perennial Exercise Science middle-man, I (a History/Political Science major) take my group of high schoolers into the secret lab of Dr. Darr and the E.S. department in the Merillat Athletic Facility. I can tell you how strong Dr. Darr is, how much percent body fat three random prospective students-whose-names-I-completely-forget have, and how much fun it is to watch an athletic, 18-year-old X-C runner take a V-02 max test: they start off smiling, but I consistently find it cruelly amusing when the inverse relationship between the incline of the treadmill and the decline of the smile becomes obvious.
Before it sounds too much like I am recording information to later be used as blackmail, let me refocus. Scholarship Day is awesome. The students who have the opportunity to visit always have a great time, even if it is at the expense of their peers who volunteer to go through physically exhaustive tests. As a current student at AC, it's great to see the new crop of young bloods when they're still socially allowed to rock their Varsity Jackets. As a tour guide here, I'm constantly reminded of how scary and exciting an experience visiting schools is, and how nervous these guys must actually be. At AC, however, we make these visits replete with tears of laughter and joy, not of angst or uncomfortableness. Moreover, while prospective students do enjoy the benefits of free Starbucks drinks from the Bulldog Beanery and gift certificates to the Arrington Bookstore, the most enticing aspect of the day is the time spent in small groups with actual students and faculty. Although many schools make the same claim about how great their students and faculty are, I'm going to prove it with my personal Short List of Appreciations from last weekend's event.
Batting in the lead-off spot, we have the always-reliable Melissa Roe. Though she won't get the Derek Jeter-esque send off she deserves from me by nature of this just being a blog, I want to, on behalf of the entire Admissions team, congratulate Melissa on another fine half-year with the squad. Melissa is moving onto new experiences across the street in Stanton (I hesitate to say "bigger and better things" because I don't want to put my well-paying student work job in jeopardy by ranking us below The Office of Development) to work with the awesome team in Development. In my last review of the Admission Counselors, I praised Ms. Roe for her sarcasm--which, I would like to remind y'all is still On Point. Today, however, is dedicated to her for all the smiles she ignited while giving tours and cracking jokes. Also, for all the times she encouraged me to follow my heart and order Chipotle. Thank You.
Secondly, Cindy Graves, who I am on record describing as "dictatorial [in the best of ways]," is deserving of a nicer shout out this time around. In just her first year working in Admissions, she presents a dominant case for Rookie of the Year: she relaxes families with style and grace and is informative without sounding dull. The amount of mini-tours at the end of a long work day with Cindy when she is still on the top of her game proves how much she cares about making kids want to come here. Saturday was just another moment Cindy showcased her talent.
As always, I could give everyone involved a personal compliment and shout out, but that would take too long, and I'm already the most verbose writer on the Blog. So, to wrap things up, Scal-Day was great. The banners remain the same. The gift cards are usually worth the same amount. VP Frank Hribar's jokes are similar (don't get me wrong, he knows how to deliver them). Our attitudes are the same. The only differences are in the new faces that come and go. Consequently, the most important thing that never changes is our dedication to changing the lives of the new faces, for the better, with Adrian College as part of the change.