Business has been booming in admissions this week! Because Monday was President’s Day and Royal Nights was this weekend, the visitor’s center flooded with perspective students, eager to check out the U!
For those who do not know, Royal Nights is an overnight program from Sunday to Monday, where an accepted high school senior can be paired up with a UofS student for the night. The accepted high school senior, called a “Royal Nighter” gets to meet over a hundred other accepted students through the program, attend a dinner, movie, and even attend two classes within their major on the Monday of their visit.
Personally as a perspective student, I did not attend Royal Nights. I have, however, hosted for every Royal Nights weekend since freshman year! For my job as a co-director of Royal Ambassadors, I am required to work check-in for each Royal Nights weekend. So not only was I able to host, but I was also fortunate enough to greet every accepted high school senior as they arrived to campus! So much fun!
One of the most memorable experiences I had as a Royal Nights host happened last year. Laura was my first Royal Nighter ever, and I was super pumped to meet her, give her a tour of campus, introduce her to my friends, and most importantly…convince her that The University of Scranton is the BEST school in the world!
So Laura came and we clicked right away! The majority of my friends who lived in my dorm last year were hosting Royal Nighters as well, so they all were able to meet each other. All of us – hosts and Royal Nighters – hung out in our lounge until 3AM playing hilarious games and getting to know each other.
While getting to know Laura, I explained what Cura Personalis was. As I have mentioned in other blog posts, Cura Personalis is the living-learning community that I reside in. It centers around faith, service and justice – so we put on various programs which correlate to those pillars. As I have also mentioned in former posts, this year I am one of the co-leaders for the Mentor-Mentee program, which pairs up sophomore Cura Personalis residents with freshmen Cura Personalis residents.
So when Laura called me about a month after her Royal Nights weekend last year, telling me that not only had she decided to enroll at The University of Scranton, but also wanted to partake in the freshman Cura Personalis living-learning community, I was ecstatic. Then, when Laura approached me at the Mentor pairing meeting that occurred this year, asking me to be her mentor, I could not contain my enthusiasm.
Today, Laura is one of my close friends. We hang out and grab coffee all the time. Before the first Royal Nights weekend this year, Laura and I were joking that she has to find a Royal Nighter who she clicks with and wants to do Cura Personalis – so that she can continue our “legacy.” This past Monday morning at breakfast, Laura came running up to me saying, “I’ve found the one!” Haha so I guess she found her legacy!
It has been so cool to see Royal Nights come full-circle, and to experience the immense impact that it has on perspective students. If you are a perspective student, I DEFINITELY recommend checking out Royal Nights. Who knows? It could decide everything…
Have a lovely week everyone!