For the last few years (2007& 2006 & 2005) I have chosen to journal through out the Early Decision Notification day (micro-blogging). My plan is to continue that tradition, but in a new format. Today my updates will rather be "tweets," in honor of our new Hopkins Insider Twitter system(which I discussed in an earlier blog this month). This is going to be a bit of a challenge for me as I am a man of many words, and tweets need to be short updates. We'll see how well this goes. So check back throughout the day to follow the process of the release of our Early Decision notifications.
6:13 AM - December 15th
I've been up for about 35 minutes. My waffles are in the toaster, Mike and Mike is on in the background, and I am finishing up my to do list for the day.
6:21 AM - December 15th
Breakfast is done. Shower and shave time. Then in the office for a long day. My to do list has 17 items on it ... ouch!
7:15 AM - December 15th
It feels good to be clean shaven again. About to head in to the office, but have to walk Soze first. Actually, I have to wake him up again ... look what I have to deal with every morning --> lazy dog.
7:46 AM - December 15th
In the office. The 15th of December is significant to me not just for the completion of the ED process, but it is also PAY DAY. Got some bills to pay.
7:56 AM - December 15th
There is just something so right about a balanced checkbook. Or maybe that is just a feeling someone overly organized like me feels. Oh well ... moving on.
8:02 AM - December 15th
Just made my playlist for the day -- it includes all of my Killers songs, as well as the complete "Hey Ma" album by James, the complete "Viva la Vida" album by Coldplay, and a few of my current favorite songs - "Shattered" by O.A.R., "Chasing Pavements" by ADELE, and "Let it Rock" by Kevin Rudolf.
8:10 AM - December 15th
Correspondence time. That is what I call my daily routine of clearing out the main JHU email account (email@example.com), checking the Hopkins Forumsfor new questions, checking our Facebook groups, and a number of other tasks of responding to inquiries. This takes a bit of time.
8:24 AM - December 15th
Just took a look upstairs and everything has progressed quite smoothly with generating decision letters and stuffing the admit packets. Dean Latting is also in the process of finishing the signing of all the admit letters.
8:43 AM - December 15th
BME decision letters have arrived ... need to confirm those decisions and then go stuff those letters. Way ahead of schedule so far ... I hope that lasts throughout the day.
10:11 AM - December 15th
Stuffing complete. Back to answering emails. By the way ... did you know? Penguins have an organ above their eyes that converts seawater to fresh water. Well that is what the cap of my Snapple says. You learn something everyday.
10:46 AM - December 15th
Still going through email. I did notice that there were a number of application withdrawal requests that we received over the weekend. So I guess some of our peer institutions released their early decisions earlier than the traditional 12/15 date. Good for them, and congrats to those who got into their first choice schools. (Wait, would those students be reading this blog then -- hmmm.... probably not.
11:13 AM - December 15th
Needed to take a break from all this email so I read our most recent Guest Blogentry. Take a break and read a great entry about Cafe Q by Rena. While there, spend some time reading all the great guest blog entries from this past fall, including two of my favorites: Allison's Paris, Je t'aime and Evelyn's Pre-Med to PhD.
11:37 AM - December 15th
So every Monday we have an 11am counseling team meeting with Dean Latting. No meeting yet ... wonder what is going on. Probably just last minute confirming of decisions and that everything looks perfect.
11:57 AM - December 15th
Based on the blog comments, it seems I need to explain my mention of withdrawals in my 10:46 AM update. The application withdrawal requests were from applicants who were applying REGULAR DECISION to Johns Hopkins. They were accepted early to another school and are required to withdraw their complete or in progress RD application to Hopkins as well as all other schools. These withdrawals do not impact the ED review process.
1:07 PM - December 15th
Quick lunch break. Confession time -- I am addicted to Cranberry Splash Sierra Mist. Soooooo good. No news yet. Still waiting for Dean Latting to seal the class.
1:15 PM - December 15th
O.K. once again time to respond to the comments. There seems to be some confusion about how the release of decisions works. Well then, you all should go back and read the Give Thanks for an ED Updateblog entry on 11.26.08. And since some of you won't go back and read, hear the important notes:
- Early Decision notifications will be mailed on Monday, December 15. This includes all admit packages, as well as defer and deny letters.
- We will also email decision notifications to those applicants who indicated an email address on their application.
- We will begin sending emails at 6:00 p.m. EST on Monday, December 15.
- If an applicant does not receive an email it is because either there was no email provided with the application, the email address provided no longer works, or a data entry error. Unfortunately, we do not re-send emails, so in such situations the student must wait for the mail to arrive.
- Admissions decisions can be released over the phone starting Thursday, December 18. We will only release decisions to the applicant, a parent or guardian of the applicant, or the applicant's high school guidance counselor. Decisions will be released only if the identity of the caller can be reasonably assured.
- Decisions about acceptance into the BME major are departmental decisions and therefore we do not release such information over the phone or through email. All Early Decision applicants who applied to the Biomedical Engineering major will learn of their BME decision in their acceptance packets.
1:44 PM - December 15th
Still responding to email messages, now focusing on my own work email account. And still waiting for the go ahead to seal decision letters. This is what you call a holding pattern.
2:13 PM - December 15th
THE EARLY DECISION CLASS OF 2013 IS SEALED. The staff now will do one last confirm of all decision letters, stuff and seal, and then it is on to the post office
Attention: For those of you who are going to start requesting statistics on this year's Early Decision class -- please don't. I will post stats when they become available. And that is when Dean Latting provides me with the stats and approves that they can be released to the public. That may be today, or it may not be today. PATIENCE PLEASE.
3:01 PM - December 15th
My colleague Jameel Freeman and I are about to depart to the Johns Hopkins Mail Services Office at our Mt. Washington campus. The Deny and Defer letters are in our possession and are on their way.
3:43 PM - December 15th
Just got back to campus. All letters have left the building. My colleagues John Birney and Shannon Miller headed downtown with a slew of mail bins carrying our admit packets. They should be entering the Baltimore Postal stream any minute now. Tons of work still to get done.
3:44 PM - December 15th
A piece of advice ... go do something fun for the next two hours. Go be with your family or friends ... read a good book ... play a game ... get some fresh air. Do something other than refreshing your computer screens.
3:57 PM - December 15th
Just put the finishing touches on our Johns Hopkins University -- Class of 2013 Facebook group. On to updating the Forums now ... no rest for the weary.
4:25 PM - December 15th
Finishing touches on the updates to the Hopkins Forums is now also complete. We launched our newClass of 2013 Sub-Forum. I also made sure everything is working on our Admitted Student Web site too. Back to work.
4:31 PM - December 15th
I was curious to see how active the Insider blog has been today ... WOW! In just 16.5 hours today this blog has received 3,874 hits from 1,443 unique visitors. That's just cool.
4:44 PM - December 15th
Added some pictures above.
4:54 PM - December 15th
One of the harder things I do today ... just posted my advice for deferred applicants on the Hopkins Forums -- Early Decision Defers - Read This!
5:08 PM - December 15th
Just sent email messages to the Hopkins Interactive current students reminding them that today is ED Notification day and that the Forums, Blogs, and Facebook group will probably see a lot of activity this week. Though this is finals week here, the current students will be ready to answer questions. Time for me to head home ...
5:53 PM - December 15th
One important reminder about the emails ... they all don't arrive in your in-boxes at 6:00 P.M. It can take up to an hour for all of our emails to be sent, so please once again be patient.
5:56 PM - December 15th
A piece of advice: I wish you all the best as you receive your email decisions. My suggestion is that you read your decision and then go spend some time with your family. This is a major moment in your young life, and family is who you should share your initial thoughts with. Your family has been there since the first moment of life, and they will be there FOREVER. Afterward you can log-on and share with others. Let everything sink in first. React in the real world before entering the cyber world. OK, I am stepping off my soap box.
7:35 PM - December 15th
Busy, busy, busy. I have been monitoring our e-mail accounts, forums, and approving people into the Facebook group for the last 90 minutes. I am going to take a break and have some dinner.
8:03 PM - December 15th
I am going to continue my break and watch a little TV ... my mind is fried. Chuck is on and that is always a great way to rest one's mind and laugh a bit.
9:o6 PM - December 15th
I forgot that tonight were mid-season finales for Prison Break and Heroes. So I am going to enjoy two of my favorite shows while confirming people into the Facebook group.
11:53 PM - December 15th
I just spent the last 90 minutes answering questions on the Hopkins Forums, in the Facebook group, and through the main JHU email account. I also stopped by College Confidential (aaaahhhh).
11:58 PM - December 15th
Some cool stats to share:
--> 7,303 page loads of the Hopkins Insider blog today
--> 2,778 unique visitors to the Hopkins Insider blog today
--> 961 returning visitors to the Hopkins Insider blog today
--> 3,778 pages loads of the Hopkins Forums today
--> 818 unique visitors to the Hopkins Forums today
--> 159 admitted students already part of the Class of 2013 Facebook group (it took over two months to get that many members added to the Class of '12 group).
12:09 AM - December 16th
Whew. What a day. It is actually tomorrow already so it is time for bed. First, I need to walk Soze. And oh look, just as the day began it ends with a lazy dog too.