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Poor first impression of college
Just got back from a midwest college tour. Overall a good trip but one college really bugged me. I have been curious about it for years and was eager to visit with my daughter. It is a well-known top 75 or so LA but I shall not name the college. I know it is summer and I don't mind the shaggy grass and sloppy looking dorms but the first thing I noticed were the campus signs which were in poor repair and dirty. Not just one of them, but most seem to need a good coat of paint and need lettering. A few even needed more nails. Then we arrived at the admissions office. The main area was decorated in a somewhat eclectic manner and would not pass the spit and polish test. The doors in the area were marked by chips and tape marks. Then I went into the adcom's office after my d's interview and I was somewhat aghast. The room was poorly painted a light weird pink and the furniture was old and chipped (mismatched file cabinets with dings and chips, old worn carpet, old metal desk, mismatched bookshelves,etc.) with us sitting on what looked like old, wooden kitchen chairs with cushions. I kept thinking of the money they would want us to invest in my d's education and wondered why they could not invest in some decent furniture. So, if any adcoms are reading these postings, be advised that first impressions do matter and a pleasantly decorated admissions office and well cared for college signs speak pride and institutional esteem. It made me wonder whether the president ever walks around his campus. Everyone was very nice but I wondered if the adcoms had truly taken a long, hard look at the impression their office created. Thanks for letting me vent.37 replies
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