Six years after my first journey through the college selection process, I was working in admissions and ready for a change. This meant embarking on a grown-up college search. My main criteria: I had to work for a school where seventeen-to-twenty-two-year-old-me would have thrived. As an admissions counselor, you spend all year talking about the institution you represent, an uncomfortable task if you can’t speak honestly and passionately on the topic. These were my must haves:
Now, a full admissions cycle later, I stand by my original reasoning, but feel connected to Tufts on a deeper level. Nothing pleases me more than hearing about events on campus, learning more about student research, or meeting with incredible professors. It’s a joyful moment any time I step out on to the hill and see Tufts students just being Tufts students. My office buddy and I are riveted by videos about the creation of robot toys and the vocal stylings of the Bubs. Many an hour has been lost to reading Facebook posts from our newest Jumbos, because seeing those conversations occur reaffirms the decisions we made (You sound just like the students who are already here! Two thumbs up for correctly assessing fit!) and makes me eager to see what will happen when 2017 arrives.
I intend to stay at Tufts as long as our amazing dean will let me, partially for the same reasons that brought me, but also for the new things I love, like:
This is but a sampling, and I find new reasons to love Tufts all the time. I hope our admitted students are doing their research/visiting and discovering the same. Can’t wait to see you on campus!
P.S. - That Valentine is our new enrollment form, effective immediately.