Can you give Harrell and friends a campus tour at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24th?
i can do it at 11:30, not 11
How long do campus tours take, typically?
well, the tours geared toward prospective students take around an hour and fifteen minutes, but we stop and i give long talks three times: one in the INSC about academics, one in barclay about customs, and one in marshall about the honor code. i don’t think harrell is going to need any of that information aside from maybe some stuff about academics and some stuff about the honor code, which i could say while walking around. also, the normal tour doesn’t go to the north dorms, the apartments, or some other things that harrell may want to see (ryan gym, the crypt), so it can last as long or as short as you’d like. catering the tour to his/your needs shouldn’t be difficult at all. just let me know what you want me to do and i’ll do it. we can talk about it at the bi-co meeting tomorrow (there is one, right?) or if you want to meet in the coop at some point after break to discuss it i’d be fine with that too.
basically, 45 mins to an hour should suffice when i take out the speeches and add in the visits to other important campus places ignored when showing specs our lovely place.
lemme know, dude.
That sounds good, potentially. Why can’t you do it at 11? Also, no meeting tomorrow. Check the Ed Board email I just sent.
I’ll send you a longer response about the tour later, or else call you.
I can’t do it at 11 because I have bio from 10 to 11:30 on Tuesdays.
So, Sam called me and we agreed instead of me showing Harrell and some other “among friends” folks around campus, it would be more awesome if we made the tour an official field trip, with me taking the Tuesday tour at 11:45 p.m. (tour slot generously donated by Eric Kissinger). Bennett Smith, Emily Carton and Carrie Bell-Hoerth beat me to my own tour which immediately relieved the stress I had about no Haverford students actually showing up. Thnx guise!
But then, an obstacle! Sam called me from the Blue Bus trip to tell me that they missed the Blue Bus while exploring Erdman. This turned out to be a lucky mistake because three families arrived a bit late for my tour. Also, Sam and Harrell seemed to like it. Taking the okay from Sam, I rounded up the members of the tour already present and started introductions. Sam, Harrell, Duncan, and Jennifer Delos Reyes arrived after all the introductions, so they did not know the names of anyone the tour, but the people on the tour knew their names (maybe).
With prospective students, their parents, some Haverford students, and two artists in tow, I set off on a tour a bit more disconcerting (and much more full) than most others. Aside from Bennett, Carrie, Emily, Sam, and Duncan, Emma Richards and Shally Kim joined the tour for a while. Please let me know if I’m forgetting anyone.
Now, the tour itself was pretty run of the mill, aside from the nerve-racking aspect of having my friends and peers on my tour. I (perhaps rightly, perhaps wrongly) felt like most of what I was saying was being scrutinized by the other students who experience Haverford with me. Then again, I’m sure the visiting families were entertained with the whole prospect of there being about half a dozen students on their tour besides me. I imagine it made Haverford stand out in their minds, and with the college admissions process in its current state (I got the e-mail address of a kid on my last tour that ended @collegeprep.com), that’s the least I can do.
I handed out my souvenirs when the tour returned to our starting-off point, the Office of Admissions. It was a little book made from a page of the Tour Guide Handbook handed out at the beginning of the semester. I spent a little too much time trolling the internet for an easy way to make a paper book, an idea that struck me at about 1:00 a.m. the morning of my tour. (This is when most of my ideas strike, an unfortunate fact obvious by the time of this blog post and by my general zombie demeanor throughout the day.)
I struggled with an origami book, and while I probably would have gotten it after a bit, I would not have been able to make twenty while maintaining my sanity. So I settled for one that involved scissors. I wrote little notes in the books like “Haverford is a nationally recognized arboretum. CAN YOU TELL?” (as seen unfolded above) and “Come to Haverford, we want you,” concluding with my e-mail address because I usually give it to the people on my tours. This turned out to be a pretty good e-mail distribution technique because this tour marked the first e-mail response I have ever received from a prospective student!