The resident is always the last to know. Bendetson 201—the dean’s office, my office—is a mysterious spot on campus. “So this is where the magic happens…” remarked a recent visitor, a wide-eyed undergrad who’d never had a reason to wander upstairs. “It’s a nice office,” he added quickly as he scanned the room. But I detected a wee touch of disappointment as he realized it was, after all, just a room with a desk and a table, a big bookcase, a couple of plants, maybe an apple on the desk. I felt like the Wizard of Oz after Toto pulled back the curtain: yup, it’s just an office. No magic.
My sister teaches high school English in Connecticut. Last week, in a twitchy back-to-school moment, she posed a question on Facebook about "the 10 books that have stayed with you in some way." Her newsfeed buzzed with comments from her fellow teachers and from former students, and it caught my eye.
As you matriculate today as Tufts' 159th undergraduate class, I’ll use the rich content of your applications to introduce you to the Tufts community—and, more importantly, to each other—so you can appreciate the lively community you join this afternoon.
From an admissions perspective, the calendar begins on August 1, when the Common Application goes live. August 1st was last Friday, so Happy New Year!
It's National "Take Your Dog to Work Day." That means my pooch Logan--the unofficial mascot of Tufts Admissions--got to hang out with his pals in Bendetson Hall. The pictures tell the tale (tail?) of his day with us, but let's just say no one's lunch was safe and the campus squirrels were definitely on the run...