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BS Class of 2020 Thread

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Replies to: BS Class of 2020 Thread

  • RuralAmericaRuralAmerica Registered User Posts: 194 Junior Member
    I’m all for the information sessions too! My daughter wasn’t much interested in the school we toured last weekend, but after the info session and student guided tour, it went way up the list!
  • gardenstategalgardenstategal Registered User Posts: 5,053 Senior Member
    Info sessions and tours offered much of the same information at most schools but in the end, it was helpful to see how the schools differentiated themselves. And the tours were a chance to observe, whether in the library, on the quad, in a student center. I would definitely do these (and sign up!)

    10 is plenty, btw. The one thing you may want to think about are schools that interview on campus. Many will not interview kids before May of junior year, so it could mean a revisit senior year. Most interview over the summer. But otoh, a number of schools that visited our BS let kids sign up for interviews at BS! In any case, it's generally better to do the interview with admissions if it's offered and you can (rather than alumni ).
  • ChoatieMomChoatieMom Registered User Posts: 5,250 Senior Member
    And I always add that zero is fine, too. Some kids just know what they want and don't want to be bothered by any real-life experiences when they can visit school websites in between Minecraft sessions. I mean, so I've heard. ;)
  • CaliMexCaliMex Registered User Posts: 1,613 Senior Member
    Remember that not all families can afford to travel to visit schools. AOs understand that, too. You just need to find other ways to get a sense of where you'll thrive (visiting different "flavors" of schools nearby), and to express strong interest in each school since visiting is one of the items they track to understand how interested you might be.
  • gardenstategalgardenstategal Registered User Posts: 5,053 Senior Member
    ^^Most of these schools will visit your kid's BS, and meeting with the rep then is particularly important if you aren't going to visit.

    But I would say that if you were able to visit BS in the application process, you found how "on paper" and IRL can differ, and you should do everything possible to visit a college before enrolling (or applying ED).
  • CaliMexCaliMex Registered User Posts: 1,613 Senior Member
    @gardenstategal We visited boarding schools AFTER being admitted and discovered that was true for quite a few students, especially those on financial aid. If you only hang out with upper middle class folks and above, it feels as if EVERYONE visits 10-12 colleges throughout the US before applying. The vast majority of families in the US cannot afford to do that... We do them a disservice by making them feel that this is just another area in which they are failing their kids.
  • onthewestfenceonthewestfence Registered User Posts: 152 Junior Member
    FYI, Reed interviewed DS20 during visit last month. YMMV. BTW, snowfall in Portland was a nice experience.
  • itcannotbetrueitcannotbetrue Registered User Posts: 538 Member
    @onthewestfence Wow, that´s early! Great to get an interview out of the way, though!
  • itcannotbetrueitcannotbetrue Registered User Posts: 538 Member
    @ChoatieMom —LOL, we´ve missed you over here!
  • itcannotbetrueitcannotbetrue Registered User Posts: 538 Member
    I now have a visual of the Spring College Fair, and the flurry of students who will be approaching these poor admission reps to show their demonstrated interest.

    On another note, WHAT ABOUT THE CRAZY ADMISSIONS SCAM! Of course, the disgusting jerk had his college consulting company right here in our backyard. Good GAWD.
  • RuralAmericaRuralAmerica Registered User Posts: 194 Junior Member
    We toured a college yesterday and our student tour guide happened to be an alum from my daughter’s school! She was a senior when my daughter was a freshman. Suffice it to say, she received got all her questions and more answered while walking from stop to stop!
  • GoatMamaGoatMama Registered User Posts: 1,160 Senior Member
    With the Fifth Form Parent Questionnaire (aka parent brag sheet) submitted, the horses are out of the gate. GK noted that Spring terms began the last third of their BS journey.
  • RuralAmericaRuralAmerica Registered User Posts: 194 Junior Member
    @GoatMama my girlie keeps reminding me that she’ll be a senior next year in both subtle and not so subtle ways! Add in that they order their senior rings in two weeks and that she’s choosing her senior year “marshals” for next year...I can’t believe how fast it’s all gone!
  • GoatMamaGoatMama Registered User Posts: 1,160 Senior Member
    Oh wow, that's early! Our conversation was more along the lines of "I'm so NOT ready to be a senior."
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