Open House Tips, for Students by Students

This weekend, Marist will welcome hundreds of students to campus for our annual Accepted Student Open House. As a current student, I can honestly say this is one of our favorite weekends of the year. Often, accepted students will say Open House is when they finalized their decision on what college they will attend next year – it’s a big day!  A few of our upperclassmen ambassadors wanted to share some of their tips for making the most out of your Open House experience! 

Photo courtesy of Shadie Williams. Use this day as a chance to step out of your comfort zone. Try to make small talk with the accepted students around you. The people you meet at Open House could be your future classmates, roommates, or friends!”

Shadie Williams (2018); Communication-PR; Pasadena, California

Photo courtesy of Janie PiersonOne of the best tips I can give is to write everything down. Start a new note on your phone and just make bullet points about things that catch your attention throughout the day. And don’t forget to take lots of pictures!”

Janie Pierson (2016); Sports Communication; Centennial, Colorado 

Photo courtesy of Dylan BoeschTalk to a variety of representatives from clubs and activities you might not even be interested in. College is a place to try new things and expand your horizons, so get started at Open House!”

Dylan Boesch (2016); Business-Finance; Smithtown, New York

Photo courtesy of Colleen Kollar.Stand in the front during your tour. Ask all the questions you can think of, and let mom and dad stand in the back. This is YOUR college experience, so make sure that you find out everything that is important to you!”

Colleen Kollar (2016); Business Marketing and Fashion Merchandising; Chicago, Illinois 

Here are some more helpful tips for a successful Open House visit experience.

“Try the food! If you’ve got some time after the Open House actives are over, have dinner in the dining hall. Open House always has great food, but you’ll want to know what the college has to offer on a day-to-day basis, too!” – Marisa Greshin (2016); Communication-Public Relations; Simsbury, Connecticut 

“If you know which major you’re interested in, try to talk with one of the professors of that department. They are so helpful in answering any questions or concerns you might have about the major, including what requirements you need and even what job opportunities are available with that major! And if you’re undecided on a major, talk with a bunch of different professors in all different areas – they could help guide you to a major you’ll love!” – Kate Powers (2016); English-Writing; Severna Park, Maryland

“Make a list of questions in the car ride up. If anything isn’t answered throughout the day, ask a student ambassador any where on campus. You can find students all over the campus to help you in any way they can!” – Colleen Kollar

“Spend time talking with a student who isn’t a tour guide or ambassador! Our students in Admission are our most passionate and spirited students, so it’s also a good idea to talk with students who might have different experiences and perspectives on their college experiences!” – Megan Poyntz (2016); Business and Information Systems; Westfield, New Jersey

Start planning your day, visit our website to see the complete Open House schedule

We’d love to hear from you. Introduce yourself in the comments section below and tell us what your most excited about for Open House.

See you this weekend! 🙂

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