I was excited to receive my third and fourth acceptance letters on my birthday from St. John Fisher and The State University at Oswego. Looking forward to having some great choices and a difficult decision to make.
This weekend my parents and I drove out to Rochester so I could interview and tour at St. John Fisher College. We got up very early to make the 4-hour drive. I was very nervous the whole time and when we got there it was very busy because the Buffalo Bills had morning practice and their training camp is at the college. I had my interview with Derek Demperio. I think it went really well- he is very nice and made me feel very welcome. The questions he asked weren’t too hard except a few which really made me think. At the end of the interview, he asked me if I had any questions. One of my dad’s friends told me that I should always ask “How did I do? or “Is there anything I should work on for the future?” because in business you always want to close. He was blown away- he had never been asked that by a student that he was interviewing before. Then we went on a campus tour with Mitch who is in Fisher Players, the theater group on campus. The tour was really good and it refreshed a lot of my memories of the school. It’s a very beautiful campus and I can really see myself there. I’m very excited to apply.
There was a college fair last night at school and I spent time took talk to some of the schools I was interested in. It was also interesting looking at other schools, but I did not find anywhere new that I would be interested in. As usually my parents were in tow and we went to the panel discussion but than the sent me on my way to talk to folks. They seemed more interested in helping Gabe, Taylor and Erin and talking to their parents and that worked out for me. I was able to ask some of the questions I had an talk to a few schools that had been put on my list that I now can just rule out. One that did not make the cut was SUNY Geneseo which we were going to visit at the end of the month, I had been feeling this way for a while I just wanted to make sure. I felt really comfortable talking with the rep from Plattsburg, Oswego and of course Drew from St. Rose. Gabe did find a new school in ESF the Mighty Oaks on his quest to be Smokey the Bear. Taylor is looking at four local colleges since she will be commuting. As a sophomore Erin is getting an early start with looking for a place to play field hockey. So our schedule has changed a bit:
SUNY Plattsburgh (first time)
SUNY Oneonta (second time)
Siena College (second time)
SUNY New Paltz (second time)
SUNY Oswego (second time)
In the Fall:
SUNY Brockport (first time)
St. John Fisher College (second time for a Open House)
Here’s a more fun way to prepare for college than studying: Go to overnight camp.
“While we don’t track students who have participated in an overnight camp experience, I can comfortably speculate that those who have are more apt to apply the tools they learned there in resolving roommate conflicts, problem-solving in small groups, and learning to live with people from different backgrounds,” Kenyon College vice president for student affairs Meredith Harper Bonham told NBC News.
While some students struggle when they leave home for the first time, veterans of overnight camp arrive on campus armed with some important lessons in communal living. Summer camp may not help you ace your college calculus class, but experts say being away from home when you’re younger can help you ease into campus life. “Many of our students have never had to share a room, or even a bathroom, with a sibling,” Bonham said, adding that some students have grown up in “highly segregated areas with respect to race, ethnicity and socioeconomic class.” Continue reading→