What are admissions offices like behind the scenes?
A madhouse during the process. Paperwork gets lost, and every once in a while a sure admit is rejected 123!
Here is my video response to the question.
Most staff members in the Admissions Office are very relational and love creating friendships with students, staff members and parents. Behind the scenes, you will hear them telling stories about their favorite applicants (ones the met on the road or had a great conversation with in an appointment). You will see that they deeply care for their students and really want the students to be set up to succeed academically and socially. They enjoy hearing your story and finding out what is unique about you… so make sure you tell them!!!
Like an NFL Teams draft room..
A madhouse during the process. Paperwork gets lost, and often a sure admit is rejected ASAP.
Very busy and hectic!
I feel like if I answer this question, I’m giving away trade secrets – but here goes!
Admission offices differ from school to school (obviously), but for the most part, because admission counselors tend to be young and often recently graduated from college themselves, there’s a real air of lightness and fun to be found inside. This light atmosphere is also necessary to keep stress levels low, as most admission counselors spend the months of September, October, and November traveling to college fairs and high school visits in their respective territories (essentially living out of suitcases and very rarely seeing family and friends), then end up spending long hours in their offices during application reading season and then in the spring when financial aid is being awarded. I never worked harder than when I was an admission counselor – but I never laughed harder with my coworkers either!
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