Although this might be an extremely biased opinion since I’ve been very actively involved in the St. Thomas admissions department over the course of my time here at St. Thomas, but I think that it is one of the best, yet most underrated departments on campus.
I think that since the Admissions department helps students out prior to attending the university, they are often forgotten, but they are honestly so important. The admissions department is completely in charge of getting students to come to St. Thomas. Whether that be through visit days, individual tours and appointments or recruitment at high schools and college fairs across the country. It takes a very skilled person to work in the admissions department, and I know people always say it, but it really is not a job for everyone. If you don’t like to be around people, or don’t like to talk–then admissions is definitely not for you.
Within the admissions department, there are so many different people that go into every single aspect of the department to make it the huge success that it is. There are students that are hired to give tours around campus, there are admissions counselors who tell the students and families about the school, there are people that organize all of the tours and answer the phones, there are people that oversee all of the different aspects of the department, there are people who volunteer to help host students in their own dorm rooms; you probably get it, there’s a lot to admissions.
Once a student goes to school, the admissions department is often forgotten, but honestly if it weren’t for them, you wouldn’t be at St. Thomas or any other school for that matter.
Being part of the admissions department has been one of my favorite things that I have been involved in here at St. Thomas. I have had so many different roles within the department, ranging from blogging for the university, to giving campus tours, to being an ambassador for accepted seniors, to stuffing and addressing envelopes that will be sent to prospective students. If I could do more within the department, I honestly would.
Being part of the admissions department has changed my life since I starting at St. Thomas almost four years ago. I know that sounds super cliche, and super extreme, but I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it weren’t for this department. Admissions has given me some of my absolute best friends, they aren’t kidding when they say you’ll find your bridesmaids in college, and I found them within the admissions department. (Lol so cheesy,yet so true) Admissions has taught me how to do so many things that I will be able to use the rest of my life. I have learned how to speak in front of large groups of people and be comfortable with it, I’ve learned how to interact with many different types of people and how to meet everyone’s needs all at the same time. Admission has helped me to remember that although I may have done something 10,000 times, that doesn’t mean that everyone has and that what seems so normal to me, may be new for someone else, which has helped me to become more patient with those around me. I’ve also learned how to walk backwards, almost better than I can walk forwards, which is sure to be a resume booster! (;
Through being part of the admission department, I’ve been able to see how much goes on “behind the scenes” of an event or an organization. When we have our visit days and everything looks so easy and put together, I know that that is because so many people worked many long days with more sleepless nights than they can count so that everything would be perfect. Every little thing, for the visit days especially requires a little extra effort from everyone on the team, because if it weren’t for all that hard work, the events wouldn’t be as successful as they are.
With that being said, thank you to all those I’ve gotten to meet, learn with, interact with, work with, learn from and so much more within the admissions department here at St. Thomas, I have really cherished every moment with you all over these past few years. If it wasn’t for all of you, this department wouldn’t be the way that it is today. Special thank you to Mary Pat and Bryan for all that they do for the admissions department. I know that it is no easy task to make the program the success that it is. Of course all of the success wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for everyone else in the department, but you both have a huge role in that, and I think it goes unrecognized too frequently. So thank you for all that you have done not only for me, but for this entire department as a whole.
I’m so sad that I only have one year left working in the admissions department here at St. Thomas, but I can’t wait to make this last year the best one yet!