I must confess at the outset that I was away last week on a completely frivolous vacation. After the unrelenting pace of the application reading season, I had developed an overwhelming urge to get out of Dodge for a serious change of pace. Luckily the airlines were cooperating with some excellent last minute fares so I took off a day before the decision letters were mailed. It was just what the doctor ordered, and I returned feeling like a new person.
This is my fourth day back in the office and although I do feel rejuvenated by my short absence, there is a huge amount to be accomplished this month. We are holding three large on-campus open houses, and we expect a considerable number of visitors both during the week following Easter/Passover, as well as the following week (school vacation in Maine and Massachusetts). There are a number of off-campus events for accepted students around the country, and spring college fairs are also beginning.
In addition to various projects awaiting my attention, I had a mountain of e-mail in my In-box upon my return, much of which concerns the decision letters, especially for students on the wait list. Rather than rework the post I did on this topic last year, I am opting to direct interested readers to that entry via . The thrust is the same, although this year, we are less certain than ever about how we may utilize the wait list, given current economic conditions.
So it is still just as busy as ever in Lunder, but the great thing about this job is its cyclical nature. We’re working hard all the time, but the work itself changes by the season, or the month, or sometimes the week. There is never a dull moment!