Tonight was the reception for the accepted BFA students.
First off, not trying to brown nose the admissions staff (a.k.a my employers) or anything, but I really enjoy working with the recruitment process. I honestly and truly love this school, there is no where else I would rather be. I remember where I was this time last year with my first visit to the AAC and how impressed I was with simply the atmosphere of being here. A strong first impression is what drew me in here. Plus, I really like giving tours, gives me a chance to show off the school. I’m an artist. I like to brag. It is in our nature.
It was really neat getting to talk to all the accepted students tonight. I had some really great conversations. There was definitely a difference amongst the students in this group than what I get in the open houses. Now that it is getting close to decision time for most of them, there is a lot more of a committal attitude amongst them. The students I got to talk to knew that this was the school for them and they are excited to be going here, ready to begin this chapter in their lives. It is a bit surreal knowing that most of this kids were the ones I was giving tours to months ago, that I was part of their first impression, that I was one of the ones who helped them along with such an important decision. What is even more intimidating was that many of them recognized me from me before.
One of the best things that was said to me this evening was from one accepted student’s grandma that I gave a tour of the building. She did not believe I was a freshman by the way that I talked about the school, that kind of enthusiasm and knowledge usually only comes with people who have been at a school longer. What can I say, I love it. AAC is my home, I am proud of it and not afraid to show it.
I also really like the direction the admission staff is going with the recruitment team by creating a student ambassador force. This was the recruits can get familiar with a group of people’s faces. Plus I like the free swag we are going to get from it. Not everyone can rock traffic cone orange shirt, but we pull it off.