Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts


A Wheaton winter wonderland

Posted on January 29, 2011

A cold winter day, a mug of hot cocoa, and a stack of applicant files – what better way to describe the life of a Wheaton admissions counselor this season? While the Wheaton campus is beautifully buried in snow, those of us in the Admission Office are methodically making are way through almost 3600 applications from students throughout the US and around the world.  We’ll emerge from hibernation in time to mail decision letters and check for signs of spring!

Snow showerWheaton students just returned for second semester – and to the rare “no  school” day for a residential college! The latest blizzard to strike New England dumped another foot of snow, resulting in cancelled classes. So what did Wheaton students do with their unanticipated free time? Enjoy a classic snowball fight on Chapel Field! Others found their way to the “Dimple” for sledding, and a few brave souls may have waxed their cross country skis for some trekking through the Norton woods.

Classes are back on track today, and a steady stream of students is marching in and out of the Wallace Library, getting an early jump on research for papers and presentations. While seniors work on their theses, others are anxiously awaiting word on their Fulbright, Watson, and Truman applications. Remember: Wheaton ranks among the top 10 liberal arts colleges in the country when it comes to winning Fulbrights for advanced study and research. We’ve said bon voyage to members of the junior class who are studying abroad, and we are welcoming back Wheaton’s first participants in our Bhutan semester program. I can’t wait to hear their stories!

Spring semester always seem to go by in a flash. Winter sports like basketball, swimming and diving, and indoor track and field give way quickly to spring cousins: softball, baseball, and outdoor track events. Our scholar-athletes keep a busy schedule. And then there are the many performances in music and theatre, the senior art exhibition, and continued work on the Wheaton apple orchard.  And somewhere in April, we’ll celebrate out 20th Academic Festival, showcasing the wonderful achievements of our students across the curriculum.

But in the meantime, we admission folks will hunker down to keep reading the files of terrific students who have Wheaton in their sights. It is both an exhilarating and excruciating simultaneously. I promise those of you who are candidates that we will give each of your files the most serious consideration.

And for those sophomores and juniors getting an early jump on college choice, watch for information about Wheaton’s many open house programs this winter and spring.

Now, it’s time to return to that steaming mug of cocoa and another stack of files!

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