To all the prospective students out there who have received their great, big YES letter: THIS one is for you. Once upon a time, I was in your same place. I checked the mailbox every day to see if that letter had come, and spent many a daydream thinking of what my freshman year would be like at Marist. Did they want me like I wanted them?
It’s a magical, enchanting day when you receive the big white envelope in the mail, with big letters spread across the folder: YES. In just a few moments, your future broadens, and suddenly you can see everything falling into place, as you imagine yourself walking across the campus that becomes your second home.
So, what happens after you are accepted? I’ll spare you the logistics, since the Admission Office, Housing Office, and First Year Programs will prepare you for all that, but here’s a student perspective of the process after receiving that fateful letter.
1) TAKE TO SOCIAL MEDIA: Like it’s your job. Let it be heard that you were just accepted into your dream school, and let us virtually meet you! Current students LOVE hearing from prospective students. It gives us a chance to share in the excitement with you, and congratulate you on a job well done. Marist is just as proud of you as you are of yourself.
2) GET SOME GEAR: Show off your Red Fox pride in your hometown, your high school, on vacation, etc. Take photos of yourself in your Marist tee-shirt or sweatshirt and tweet them at us! Red Fox pride isn’t limited to on-campus – it goes wherever the Red Fox goes!
ACCEPTED STUDENTS DAY: You’ll be invited to attend Marist’s Open House for Accepted Students, taking place on Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th in the grand McCann Center. Throughout the day, you’ll be able to tour the campus, attend department presentations, talk with faculty, spend some time with current students, learning about everything Marist has to offer. This is an incredibly exciting day for both the prospective and current students, and you’ll see Marist at its most vibrant of times. When I came for Open House, it was a sunny spring day, and I fell in love with Marist all over again.
3) JUNE ORIENTATION: This is where it hits you–you’re two months away from beginning your Freshman Year of college. Orientation is a day spent meeting your future classmates, filling out a Roommate Match form, and learning the ins and outs of what’s to take place come Move-In Day in August. It may sound daunting, and I won’t disagree with you, but here’s the truth: it’s the absolute best way to get acquainted with Marist in its entirety. Meet some people, learn some names, imagine yourself sitting through a class. There’s only one thing to remember for this day: be yourself! We love you already. Take a look at photos from previous years’ orientations, to see what a typical Orientation day looks like. One day, you’ll be sitting in the living room with your housemates realizing two of you were in the same Orientation group!
4) MOVING IN: Here you are. This it is. Don’t freak out. Everything is going to be so great. Here at Marist, we try to make your freshman move-in day as painless as possible, with the help of current students and staff. It’s normal to be nervous, but some of the greatest times in your life will start happening now. In your very first week at Marist, you’ll meet so many new people, you might not be able to keep track of all the names. The transition from the comforts of your high school to newness of your college might not be an easy one, but I assure you, you are never alone.
A few years from now, you will look back on this time fondly. You’ll remember the state of angst you were in as you waited to receive your letter, and you’ll remember how excited you were when you finally did. If we can help you in anyway, or answer any questions you might have about what happens in “life after letter,” please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Make use of the comment section below to us know what your college search experience has been like! We love to hear what you have to say about the Admissions process and everything that comes with it.
One more thing… CONGRATULATIONS. You did it!
PS: Click here for another student account regarding the admissions process.