It's that time of year again when I pack my bags, send my dog Soze on vacation with the grandparents, pick-up a rental car, and head north. Yes today is the official start of the fall travel season for me, as I will be doing the six and a half drive up to Boston this afternoon. My first event will be tomorrow afternoon (Sunday, September 21) at The Doubletree Hotel in Waltham, MA, but more on that in a moment.
My travels for the next two weeks will take me to the Boston metro area for a series of high schools visits, then out to Seattle for a National Conference, then back to New England for visits and college fairs in southern New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. It will be a long journey with many miles to cover, many prospective students to chat with, and tons of Johns Hopkins information to dispense. After ten years of being a "road warrior," I still enjoy it ... though ask me in two weeks and my sentiments may be a bit different. Don't get me wrong, recruitment travel is a wonderful aspect of my occupation, but at the end of a long trip the only thing you are thinking about is getting back home and back to a normal daily routine. (Hey, read out my past travel experiences by checking out the new Categories feature of the Hopkins Insider blog - just click on "Recruitment Travel Entries.")
So as I embark on my journey, I thought I would mention to you all where you might be able to run into a Johns Hopkins Admissions Counselor over the next two months. (You might even be lucky to meet me!!!) My colleagues and I will cross the country, and the world, and we all look forward to interacting with you. Our Off-Campus Events Web site details many of the various programs the Admissions staff will be involved with while on the road.
Personally, I feel the best off-campus events that we participate in are our Explore Hopkins Information Sessions. These are traditionally two-hour presentations conducted by an Admissions staff member at off-campus sites such as a hotel, library, museum, or area high school. The presentations focus on topics such as academic opportunities, student life experiences, and the application process. We are holding over 20 Explore Hopkins sessions this Fall, and check out the Google Map below for the various locations:
As I mentioned above my first event will be an Explore Hopkins presentation just outside of Boston in Waltham, MA. So if you are free this Sunday afternoon from 2:00 - 4:00pm and would rather meet me and listen to details about Hopkins than watch NFL football or the Ryder Cup, then complete this RSVP form.
Explore Hopkins programs aren't the only way to meet the staff this fall. Many of my colleagues will also be in attendance at a variety of College Fairs throughout the country, and also some international locations (Trinidad, Turkey, France, and the United Kingdom). Check out our College Fairs Web site for additional details. As well, yours truly, will be joining representatives from UVA, UNC, and Northwestern on a series of Group Travel events in MA, CT, and RI. Details about Group Travel can be found here, and I will write more about these events as time approaches. Finally, in mid-October we will update our Alumni Off-Campus Interviews site for further details about the chance to meet an alumnus in your area.
Learning about Johns Hopkins near your hometown is great, but can't replace the experience of visiting us in Baltimore and checking out the Homewood Campus. So be sure to explore our On-Campus Visit options and hopefully you can plan a visit to our campus if you have yet to visit. To encourage you to visit I suggest viewing our Virtual Tour, and next week I will write a bit more about the various on-campus visit opportunities.
O.K., time for me to finish packing, load up the rental car, turn on my GPS system, and head out for I-95 North. Hope to see some of you on the road ... and yes, I will be writing in the coming days about my travels.