There’s only so much you can learn from a college's admissions website or by searching your favorite university and looking through Google Images. It’s a good first look at a college campus and absolutely crucial if you cannot visit, but what if you can take a trip to the colleges on your list? Is there a way to get a genuine, inside look at a college while you are still in high school?
Yes! By taking part in the college's Overnight Visit program. I am the Co-Student Overnight Coordinator for St. Lawrence's Admissions office and part of my job is to pair prospective students with current Saints so students who are interested in St. Lawrence can stay with someone who knows SLU like the back of their hand. Staying overnight at a college, on your own, for the first time, by yourself, can be daunting. But, if you can find a way to spend the night, you should! Here are five reasons to register for an Admissions overnight visit at St. Lawrence.
1. Our Community - The St. Lawrence community was one of my biggest things that attracted me to SLU when I was a prospective student. Being on campus for a tour or watching SLU videos on our website was great! But staying on campus with a current student for 24 hours is the only way to fully immerse yourself in our community. The buzzing of hundreds of voices in Dana Dining Hall during the dinner rush hour, the palpable energy in the student section of Appleton Arena during an intense hockey game, the scent of eclectic books and historic memories of Herring Cole, or the way the sun shines through the Chapel windows making everything a SLU-inspired technicolor.
2. The Classes - When you visit for an overnight, you can also sign up to sit in on one of our current classes. You can sit in on an introductory class of your choosing, or accompany your student host to their classes the next day. How better can you understand the course load, requirements, and level of rigor at SLU other than taking one yourself? It’s a unique opportunity - and one you definitely need to take us up on! You can also meet the professors in your area of academic interest and talk to them about what classes to take in your senior year of high school, which classes to take your first semester of college, and overall information about the department!
3. Events on Campus - If you’ve ever walked into our Sullivan Student Center, I'm sure you’ve seen the endless posters hanging around, letting students know what is happening on campus. But have you ever been to any of those events? Doing an overnight is a great time to experience the events students go to - professor lectures and keynote speakers, club meetings, movies with free popcorn in the Winston Room, art exhibits in the Brush Art Gallery, and seeing a concert at the Java Barn - an overnight gives you the ability to experience SLU as a St. Lawrence student does!
4. The Food - Knowing what college food tastes like is extremely important and vastly underrated. How will you know if you like it if you don’t try it? Students who stay overnight get meal tickets for dinner and breakfast at campus eateries. It is an excellent time to taste all the wonderful bites and treats that SLU has to offer. You get to try specialties like Mac & Cheese bites, Pasta Sauté, Pub Cookies, Broccoli and Cheddar soup, Saints Bowl, Wing Ding Special - the list goes on and on.
5. The Canton and Local Community - Have you ever been to the Farmer’s Market on the Canton Village Green? Or watched a movie in the American Movie Theater in Canton? Had a delicious sandwich at The Bagelry or ordered a Sergi’s Pizza? Canton, New York, the town St. Lawrence University inhabits, is a quaint, cozy place to be. Although people initially think that there’s nothing to do, there’s much more than meets the eye. On an overnight, your SLU student host can show you all the best places to eat and shop in town and all of the hidden treasures of Canton. Take a walk down the road on your overnight to get a better sense of life here!
Interested in registering for an overnight at St. Lawrence? Let me know!