Each year, CC hosts an Open House for admitted students to come and explore our campus. We offer two Open Houses this year—one last weekend and one this weekend. Open House is a chance for students to basically get a survey of all CC has to offer—we have panels, acapella, and most importantly, donuts. I remember as a high school senior going to Open Houses and being totally overwhelmed with information from all the events I had to attend. It was actually very stressful instead of a time to celebrate successfully getting into college! The best thing about our Open House, to me, is that we try very hard to make it fun for students. We want all of the admitted students to learn about our awesome school and campus, but it’s also important that the everyone gets to experience, at least for a night, what going to CC would be like.
This year, we had a record number of visitors to attend our Open House. It was so much fun to be apart of it all. My favorite part of the weekend was getting to sit down and share a meal with our admitted students and their families. Last weekend, professor Tom Cronin and President Jill Tiefenthaler spoke to us over dinner and lunch, respectively. Even though the speeches were meant to enthrall the students and families, I was so inspired by them! I wanted to send in my deposit and reenroll again. It just made me realize how unique going to school at CC is and how it could never be replicated anywhere else.
Even though Open House was jam packed with a number of activities, I wanted to share with you all some of my favorites, and especially those that are entirely unique to CC:
1. On Friday morning, you’ll wake up, greet your over night host good morning, and attend a class visit! What makes this different than any other Open House weekend, you ask? Well, unlike any other place, you’ll get to sit through a three hour long class. This will be your introduction to what the Block Plan is really like!
2. Definitely Midnight Rastall. If you come to Open House, you’ll be treated to a favorite CC tradition: midnight breakfast. We all know breakfast is the best time of the day, so why not have it at midnight? Tips: 1. get more tator tots because you will inevitably go back for more; 2. make sure you pass Officer Jason to hear him say, “Donut from a cop!?”
4. Salsa dancing. I visited my share of schools, and none of them had salsa dancing. It was so great to see everyone join in!
5. Beekeeping club at the Campus Activities Fair. This may be a little bias because they’re my friends, but I didn’t even know about Beekeeping club. Where else could you pursue becoming a bee keeper?
6. Senior fiction reading. The senior English fiction majors had their reading during last week’s Open House, and I was reminded of the sheer talent at this school.
7. A cappella. We have three different a cappella groups: all male, all female, and a mixed one. And they’re all great!
8. Early yoga. There was a yoga class for early risers! There’s no better way to start out the day then with the greatest view of Pikes Peak on campus (at the fitness center).
9. I asked my fellow Admissions Fellows what their favorite part of Open House was, and this was by far my favorite reply: “Seeing all of their dazed and confused and horrified and enthused faces at the airport.” – Heather Ezell ’14.
10. Meeting everyone! Even though Open House is a reminder that I won’t be around to see and meet the next class of CC students, I was consoled by the fact that every student I met was awesome. CC is in great hands.