A Wheaton Summer Forecast
Posted on June 12, 2011
Read, clean, recharge – the compliment to hazy, hot and humid days here in New England! Now that we have bid adieu to the Class of 2011, my colleagues and I are toggling between continued conversations with the entering first year class and new relationships with prospective Wheaton students. Somehow, in between, we’ll take time to read a few great books that have been accumulating on the side (here’s one recommendation for you American history buffs: Washington, A Life by Ron Chernow), toss the detritus left behind from reading thousands of applications, and sneak off for a few weeks’ vacation before it all starts anew.
Although the Wheaton campus is in its summer mode and the majority of students are off on internships, working hard at summer jobs, traveling the globe, or doing research right here with faculty, the campus remains busy. Lower campus residence halls are getting a $4 million renovation, while work on the Mars Center for Science and Technology proceeds at an amazing clip! We officially take occupancy of the building in late July, and by the time pre-season athletes, peer advisors, and orientation assistants return to campus in mid-August, the building will be open for business! In the meantime, Wheaton tour guides continue to show their creativity and flexibility guiding visitors around the construction site. Come see for yourself!
This month, for the first time ever, Wheaton is hosting a series of summer orientations for entering students. Almost 75% of our incoming class will be here this month to kick off their Wheaton careers. The thrust of the new CORE program is academic: a chance to explore possible majors and careers, meet faculty, and take placement exams. By the end of a day and half, students will even register for fall semester classes. And of course, there’s more than a dash of good fun included in each session.
For those of you coming to the end of your sophomore and junior years in high school, college is around the proverbial corner. You are welcome to visit Wheaton at any time this summer as your start your college search. Click here for specific information about tours, information sessions and our summer“ Glimpse” programs, too. A summer visit is a good lead up to a fall open house where you can sample life at Wheaton in and out of the classroom.
I’ve still got a few weeks in the office before I head off to the beach. If you’ve got reading suggestions, send them along! There’s still room in my canvas tote. Enjoy your summer break. We hope to see you at Wheaton in the coming weeks.