Want a real take on what a college tour is like? Vivian, Jenna and Jacqueline, three students at Emerson College, want to help! These students plan to take every college tour in metro Boston (and maybe more) over this summer, and have been blogging about it at Rate My College Tour.
This week, we highlight their tour of Newbury College.
After getting off the T we were right in the midst of a beautiful Brookline neighborhood. Walking to Newbury we felt as though we were revisiting a forgotten middle school paper route (that none of us had). The campus was located in the quintessential upper middle class suburbia, that one would expect from any live-action Disney movie from the early 90’s. When we reached the campus, the admissions office was clearly indicated with large signs that not only directed students, but were unobtrusive. The building itself was a converted Federalist style home.
The lobby was beautiful. The decor matched the style of the building and fit in nicely with the neighborhood. The waiting area had comfortable, yet classic chairs. The only reason points were deducted was because we did not feel welcome in the way that a prospective student should. The admissions staff did not ask us to fill out any forms regarding address, phone number, or student status and simply told us to sit and wait.
Jen, a senior corporate communications and management major from Texas. Fun fact: She doesn’t like chalk, but she does like laminating!
Jen was outgoing and friendly. We were able to tell what she was interested in through her personality. However, she didn’t seem to be very passionate about her school.
Jen was wearing a floral skirt and a cute blouse. She looked professional while remaining casual and without appearing too stuffy. We felt that she was a good example of how Newbury students typically dress. On the hotness scale, Jen received a 7.
Ability to answer questions
We felt that our ability to answer questions about Emerson went above and beyond what was necessary. Jackie was wearing her Emerson hoodie (in 90 degree heat — that was a mistake) and once Jen saw this, her interest was piqued. As a result, we ended up answering more questions about Vivian’s former school than asking questions about her potential future school.
Over the summer, Vivian, Jenna and Jacqueline, with some friends, plan on taking 47 college tours and want to report on the best and worst parts of every Boston school. Each Tuesday, we’ll be publishing highlights of their various college tours. If you can’t make it to every college you want to tour this summer, keep up with StudentAdvisor and Rate My College Tour!