Without a doubt, the April day on which we hold the Open House for newly admitted students is the craziest of the year. I managed to snap a pic this morning before the crowds arrived. Here’s the registration table.
Name tags, information packets, and water bottles all lined up. Sunshine streaming in. It was all good. It’s now just after 10:00 a.m. and visitors have had their breakfast, attended a welcome presentation by the dean and two current students, and are now attending either a class or a faculty panel.
Both last night, when we held a reception, and this morning, Kristen and I staffed the registration table — my favorite job during the Open House. I get to meet lots of people with whom I’ve been corresponding or whose application I read. And it’s busy! I like being busy.
In less than an hour, I’ll be meeting with the visiting incoming PhD students. Other activities scheduled for 11:05 include attending a class or a Career Services presentation, or participating in a roundtable on environment issues or one on security studies. Then lunch and even more options.
Liz is a masterful Open House organizer. It’s a jam-packed schedule and we’ll keep the 160+ visitors moving throughout the day. Then, I imagine, they’re nearly as tired as we are as they leave Fletcher and continue to consider their options for graduate study.