|From the competitive scholars day reception after all the interviews were done. Notice how nice the convocation center got transformed!|
The email read "We have 305 scholars attending, and with their guests, a total of 835 people! These are record numbers for this program.We have 440 guests arriving at 8:30am, for optional morning program and by 12:30pm all of our 835 guests will be on campus.Close to 200 members of our campus community; from faculty to staff to students will be involved in making this day a wonderful experience for our guests, and in allowing Rockhurst to show one of its best attributes—our people."
It was really exciting to see all these potential Rockhurst students and their parents on campus. It reminded me of three years ago when I came here to interview for one of the 10 full ride scholarships. The year I came to interview there were only about 100 students here interviewing. This year the number of full ride scholarships they are giving away is up to 30 since they had over 300 students come for the interviews!
Thinking back to when I came for Competitive Scholars day, it really confirmed where I was thinking about going to school. Going into the interview secession's with other candidates (potential classmates) and getting to know their background. More than the full ride conversations it is a chance to have an intellectually based conversation around topics that are of interest to everyone. You also get a chance to meet with some of the faculty members who conduct the interview secession's To this day I still remember some of the faculty members that interviewed me while I was here. Additionally, some of my fellow students who came to be interviewed I have ended up becoming good friends with here at Rockhurst. For me the interview was not very intimidating instead it was a really good chance to share with others some of the life experiences that I had that shaped and formed me.
Now for the 300+ Students that came to competitive scholars day it is waiting time to find out if they are one of the luck 30 to get a full tuition scholarship. If any of the competitive scholars happen to be reading this blog I would love for you to comment on how you enjoyed the experience of the day and if it swayed your college choice at all? Hope to hear from some of you!