This past Saturday, John Carroll hosted a little over three hundred students for the day. While the campus was decked out with blue and gold, literally, you couldn’t walk ten steps without seeing some representation of school spirit. All accepted students for the class of 2014 were invited to campus for a chance to explore our campus, and more importantly, our community past the surface level experience. I would hope that most of you seniors reading who are currently narrowing your collegiate options in search of your future home have visited our campus at least once, but Saturday was a chance to get to know our faculty, students, and staff on a more personal level.
The morning started off with a catered breakfast courtesy of our dining services provider, Aramark. Students and their families were invited to munch on some snacks while mingling and conversing with student volunteers, tour guides, and campus representatives. They were then greeted by the president of the university, Father Niehoff, the Vice President for Enrollment, Brian Williams, and lastly by the president of our Student Union, junior Amanda Papa. Each of these speakers provided a different view of John Carroll. After that, students had the opportunity to tour the campus, take an in depth tour of the three freshman residence halls, as well as meet with different academic panels.
It was definitely a great day to be a Blue Streak (which is a wolf for anyone who doesn’t know). I know that I had fun talking to my future classmates. Although, as a current junior, it did make me feel old, realizing that in one short year, I will have to say goodbye to the place that has been my home for the last four years and enter “the real world”. If anyone has any suggestions as to which career I should pursue, leave a comment, I’m open to suggestions!