You were all there at one time in your college career—touring colleges and universities, looking for the perfect place that gave you that home away from home feeling. Some schools may have given you the chills the minute you set foot on campus with the students staring you down as if you walked out of a spaceship. Other schools may have seemed friendly and welcoming as students opened doors for your tour group.
Malone will soon be hosting a variety of Discover Days and Saturday Sneak Peeks for prospective students, including one this coming Saturday. With that in mind, here are a few things you should be sure not to do when potential students are visiting.
Let’s say a tour is walking through the campus. It probably wouldn’t be a good idea to jump from a tree and scare the prospective students and their parents.
Try to be polite if a tour guide asks you a question; say hello, or give them a friendly smile—not a grizzly bear grin that says “I want to eat you.”
After someone has left a tour and is standing by the Barn they might ask you directions as you walk by. If you tell them to go in the opposite direction they could miss a meeting. They can’t read your mind knowing that you do know the right way to go. Yet you are thinking, “I won’t tell them the right way.”
If you happen to see someone going into the cafeteria with a meal voucher, they may stop before entering the cafeteria to admire the beautiful and stunning architecture of the fusion bar. Don’t run into them and knock them to the ground, but pause a minute to say “stunning, right?” or some other polite comment.
If they happen to ask you how the food is on campus don’t say, “I’m a picky eater. I don’t like a lot of it.” Instead, tell them about the variety of food and the many cafes scattered across the campus.
When you see a new face in one of your classes do not stare them down as if they are an intruder. You can introduce yourself and ask them a few questions. You may find they are interested in your major or are from Bumblebee, California.
You were all prospective students at some point in your life. Students’ actions can make a difference in your choice of school. Maybe a crazy encounter with the student who talked about his or her love of snails and fishing drew you to the school. Or it may have been a deeper desire to learn and pursue a faith-based education.
Whatever it may have been for you, it may be better to leave out “ring before spring” and a lot of other details when talking to prospective students. Why ruin the fun—or scare them away?