Mackenzie Bosack Staff Blogger
Despite the rain, nearly 100 students and their families came out last weekend to attend Washington College’s October open house. The morning started in Decker Theater with an opening session and special performance by WACappella. President Landgraft spoke to our prospective students and parents about his love for Washington College and student body president Victoria Cline sent in a video describing her growth as a citizen leader here. A new addition to open house this year was a breakout session for students in Hotchkiss while the parents remained in Decker for a session catered towards them. Student panelists, representative from BSU, SEB, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and athletics, spoke to prospective students about their amazing experience here at WAC, and Student Affairs used an interactive presentation to engage parents in the process of sending a child off to college. The rest of the morning was made up of three more breakout sessions, ranging in topics from academics, scholarships, internships, lab tours and more. Nearly every department on campus held at least one session open to all attendees where students could learn about the academic requirements and opportunities, and hear from students in these majors/minors. Students were able to design their day based on their interests. After an information heavy morning, students enjoyed lunch in the dining hall. Student bloggers were camped out answering questions and handing out WAC swag to visitors. Their afternoon was made up of many options: head to the bookstore, embark on a campus OR a Chestertown tour, enjoy the photo booth with Gus, and much more! There were even shuttles that took families to Downrigging Weekend, exhibiting our close connection with Chestertown. Another new initiative was the Parents Lounge, held in the lobby of the Casey Academic Center. Here, parents could enjoy light snacks and refreshments, read the Elm, charge their devices, gather college materials, or just take a breather. This was a great addition to make parents feel at home, knowing their child was enjoying their day. Overall, the open house was a great success. This campus wide initiative unites us each time and we are thankful to those who spent their Saturday with us! We are looking forward to opening our doors again on November 17th for the last open house of the fall semester. WAC Love!
Photograph by Washington College