We Admit It! We’ve hit the Committee stage once again. That means the end is so close but yet so far away. Committee is not for the faint of heart. It takes a lot of prep work, dedication and commitment (and Scooby snacks, but more on that later). Not all admission offices use Committee deliberations, but it’s a vital component of our review process. It allows us, all of us together, to really see the class take shape. Up until now we’ve been reading files individually. And yes, every file has been read by at least two if not more of us. And yes, when we gather at our every-other-week staff meetings we share some of the great applications we’ve read. But up until now, each of us has really only seen a piece of the puzzle.
Committee Snack Cart
We’ve got a lot of admitting to do and Committee is where we do it. For the next three to four weeks we will gather all day, every day, in our windowless conference rooms, armed with our files, our wits and our desire to build the best and brightest class W&M has ever seen. Committee takes a lot of time, a lot of hard work, a lot of stamina and A LOT of sugar. So we don’t forge ahead empty handed (or on an empty stomach). Our Committee snacks cart is prepared (and if you’re looking for healthy snacks in the photo, don’t bother – the closest we get to healthy is Nature Valley granola bars, trail mix and dried fruit).
And that sugar, in part, will be what sustains us through Committee. Our camaraderie will sustain us also. But what will sustain us the most is you, our applicants. Your talents, your accomplishments, your stories. You are the future of William & Mary, and you impress and inspire us each and every day.
So stay tuned for the ever-popular Overheard in Committee blog series in the coming weeks. In the meantime send us good thoughts and good vibes. But please do not send any more sugar. We’re not sure our arteries or our waistlines can take it.
Wendy Livingston ’03, M.Ed. ‘09
Associate Dean of Admission