As we dig out from the blizzard of 2017 I am reminded how important it is for our visitors to be prepared for the unexpected that comes along with travelling & travel planning. Whether you are driving 5 miles or flying 1,000-- things happen.
For instance, due to the recent blizzard Logan Airport was closed and campus was closed as well. For visitors who were expecting to fly into Boston, it didn’t happen. For families driving in for a visit with us, they couldn’t. Last summer we had an unexpected power outage in the middle of the day. Frustrating? Exasperating? Yes!
Please know that when unforeseen circumstances occur (blizzards, hurricanes, power outages, flight delays, etc.) we will do our best to accommodate you. Safety will always be our primary concern and space limitations may hinder our ability to fit you in immediately.
We ask that as you plan your college visits that you pack essentials:
1) Your sense of humor – find joy and laughter even in the most frustrating times (remember, spending time together as a family is time well spent).
2) Patience – just like the ticket agent at the airport when flights are delayed, sometimes our hands are tied regarding how we can best accommodate you. We appreciate your patience as we work with you.
3) Flexibility- If you missed your flight or you get a flat tire and your itinerary becomes muddled, you may find that you may have to adjust your plan. Let us know your parameters and limitations and we will do our best to work with you.
4) Resourcefulness – if you arrive late and the tour has already left, ask for a campus map and take a self-guided tour and sit in the dining hall and chat with current students instead.
Remember that we love to host prospective students and their families on campus. There are times when we have 5 visitors a day and other days when we have 1,000 visitors – it can be difficult to accommodate everybody’s needs but I promise you we are always doing our best to help you understand our community. We hope to welcome you warmly, provide you with information that will be most helpful to you and leave you with a sense of what makes Tufts University special. But when Mother Nature throws us a curve ball or life happens-- it doesn’t always go smoothly—we hope you can take note of how we handle the snafu, take stock of what is most important in the moment and know that we are doing our best to work with you.
We look forward to seeing you on campus!