The University of Scranton gives prospective students and their families an opportunity to interact with faculty, current students, parents of students and alumni. The admissions staff diligently works to assure that all questions are answered before incoming freshman students commit to our school.
This being said, the admissions office works long and hard during Spring Break by traveling to various states meeting with high school seniors (and families) who have been accepted into the U of S.
Last night an event like this took place in Trumbull, CT. About thirty-five families signed up to attend, and those families had the opportunity to speak with a panel comprised of two current students, a mother of a current student, parents of two graduates, and two alumni. I was one of those current students on the panel.
It started with a brief reception of appetizers and social hour. We were able to interact with families, introduce ourselves and ask them general questions. Where are you from? What are you planning on studying? Have you visited The University of Scranton? If so, what did you like [love] about it?
This short introduction allows for smaller interaction between a current student, like myself, and a senior and his or her parents/guardians. Any personal questions can be asked at this time.
It is also important because it makes the families more at ease and feel welcomed. The University of Scranton, being the small, unique community that it is, prides itself in the personal connection students get from other students, faculty and staff.
These events, such as the one held in Trumbull last night, demonstrate who we are and who we become at the U of S, and we want to share our stories with others.
As each of us took our seats at the panel, we shared our stories and experiences at the U of S. I personally discussed my involvement on and off-campus, my major and minor and the importance of building relationships with professors.
Others spoke about safety, gaining experience by doing internships, what it means to be a leader and how the university has changed them- a question that resonates with us all.
Asked by a student in the audience, the question of how the U of S has changed me got me thinking. I sat there, staring out into the audience thinking of how to answer such a simple, yet perplexed question.
After a few, long minutes I can say this: Attending the university has shaped me and given me my true identity. I have learned so much about myself, my strengths, interests, values, faith and character.
High school may have given me my mold, but Scranton has given me my true form. I will forever remember what I have learned here, and I will continue shaping into the person I am today.
A young girl from the audience spoke to me after the event and shared with me that being there enabled her to get a feel for the university. She said it was personal.
This is what The University of Scranton hopes to present to prospective students- the sense of community. We want to share our stories with you.
As Joe Roback stated last night, these events that admissions put together are all about you.