I get super Tufts-happy at the engineering open houses, and this year is no exception. The engineering school gets to show off a little bit and it makes me so proud and grateful to go to this school. Below is the schedule to give you a taste of how the open houses go.
The student panel is always my favorite part because the panelists are so, so cool. They are your average Tufts students, and by no means much different than the rest of the students at Tufts. Another senior intern in the admissions office, Jess, and I moderated the panel.
Most Tufts kids are very intellectually curious, hardworking, busy and as accomplished as 20-year-old kids get, but they don’t share it often. They lead with their personality, what they like to do, how their classes are going and throw in a healthy dose of self-deprecating humor. That’s what made the student panel so interesting to watch, because we gave all the prospective students the following document when they walked in.
It’s impressive right? These kids seem to do just about everything. They've done internships and research. They do community service. They are active members of the Tufts community and crazy busy. But when you meet them, they are incredibly personable. They want to be approachable and friendly and do what makes them happy. As they were reflecting on the questions, they were very wise, well-rounded and positive. I am constantly impressed by the people around me and this was no exception.
Way back in 2012 (!) I attended a Women in Engineering Open House at Tufts and it was the student panel that prompted me to apply early decision. On this day, I was pretty intimidated by college and when I met the engineering admissions officer, it took me 10 seconds of just making sounds before I could spit out an answer to why I wanted to be an engineer. However, I was so impressed by the panelists that I wrote about them in my “Why Tufts” essay. I found that the speakers were "clearly intelligent, motivated, well-rounded, and had so much Tufts pride." That's right, I just quoted my 17-year-old self.
If you are interested in attending an open house, you’re in luck because we have TWO more days of open houses on Fridays this fall. Come hang out with me!
Feature image: Many of the panelists and registration volunteers happened to all wear Tufts gear to the panel so I took a picture of them.