This weekend was quite an event-filled one, at least in terms of Admissions work. I was originally signed up for the Multicultural Open House tour at 3pm on Sunday, but because we had our last set of MOH tours on Sunday I decided to help co-lead the 2pm tour that day as well.
What I liked about the Multicultural Open House tours was that there were at least two filipino families. It was nice to hear about IB instead of the usual AP coursework from the students, and while most of the questions from the parents were similar to the usual questions asked during a regular campus tour (dorm life, how the block plan works, on-campus employment, study abroad, etc), a lot of them made sure to ask about keeping in touch with their kids. I am a huge fan of the app called Viber, which allows you to call and text internationally for free as long as the person you’re trying to contact also has the app on his/her phone. It is also not just for iPhones, and works on both wifi and 3G data which is even better!
After my 3pm tour on Saturday, I piggy-backed onto the Ice Cream Social event in Worner. I continued to chat with the prospective students and their parents, all the while enjoying my crackers, cheeses and green grapes. I managed to snag a bowl of chocolate ice cream (sadly the vanilla had already run out). We were then treated to a couple of poems by fellow tour guide Mohammad Mia!
After the 4 o’clock Ice Cream Social tagged along with the rest of the tour guides to Bates Common Room (up in Palmer Hall). It was pretty decked out, and I enjoyed a free dinner while listening to several of the MOH admissions representatives give small speeches on the importance of the MOH, as well as their own multicultural backgrounds.
Of course, I could never say no to dessert…especially if it’s free!
At around 6:30pm the first bus arrived to bring the interested parties to the bowling alley. Other students decided to put on their dancing shoes and have fun at the Social Dance Mix at 7pm!
And finally, several tour guides were able to convince some students to attend Diwali, the Hindi festival also known as “The Festival of the Lights”.
My plan for the night was to catch up on my reading (and start writing out a review/outline for my upcoming midterms on Monday) before heading out to Armstrong at 9pm to watch Steep Ravine play a 2-hour set before YouJazz (one of CC’s student bands) came up on stage to perform. I ended up back in my dorm past midnight, but that was 3 hours well spent!