The life of a college admission officer is pretty busy this time of year. At any given point during the fall, college reps across the country are experiencing pretty much the exact same thing. In between multiple visits to high schools and college fairs, we can often be found doing the following:
1) Stopping for Starbucks.
We do this for the coffee, but also for the free wifi, outlets to charge our phones, and the ability to kill 45 minutes before our next high school visit. I’ll sometimes wait in the high school parking lot, but if you sit there for too long security might stop by and that gets awkward.
2) Rejoicing in the elusive “goody bag.”
You typically only get these at private schools. If there’s candy, it’s a great day. If there’s candy, crackers, AND a water bottle, it’s Christmas.
3) Playing tourist in whatever town we’re visiting.
I went through Middleburg, VA yesterday. It’s where the classy country people live with their horses and vineyards. It’s amazing and I nearly ran off the road trying to take in the mountain views.
4) Eating Panera.
Again, for the food, but also for the wifi, wall chargers, and ability to work for two hours without getting kicked out.
5) Jumping for joy when there’s free dinner before the college fair.
Last night’s dinner was amazing. There was a group of culinary arts students that made the dinner for all the admission reps. We all raved about how we felt like we were at Chipotle. I topped my burrito bowl with chicken, veggies, black beans, grilled onions, peppers, sour cream, and salsa. So good!
I’d keep going, but I feel an OCD-ish need to stop lists at 5. Just know that college reps everywhere are currently tweeting about things like free cookies at their Hampton Inn, and not remembering what car they drove this week. You’ll also hear about how many times we see someone put “football” as their intended major, wrote “good” as their GPA, or ask us questions like, “Y’all got hair?”
On that note, I’m off for another day of fun and recruiting. I’ll see you later!
What’s the funnest part of your job?