Category: Admissions

Advice From a Senior: How to Prep for College

This weekend I visited home and got to chat with my younger siblings and cousin about my best advice for college. As the oldest of all the cousins, I’m the first to go through the 4-year process and working in admissions means I have LOTS of advice about going to college! I decided to share some of my top tips here, too. I’ve learned a lot in four years and I hope some of this advice is of use.

  1. Take high school seriously!

Let me be clear – your GPA doesn’t define you. You are MUCH more than a grade, a score or a mark on a test. However, doing your best in school is really important. Chances are, if you give it your honest best shot, you’re going to come out with a pretty decent GPA. This is going to help when it comes time for scholarship money, and EVERYONE loves free money, right? So don’t give up after you get that first acceptance letter, because your grades matter all the way til’ the end and they could end up saving you some cash in the long run. Temple is really incredible about giving scholarships based on academic merit – you can check out the five different tiers of scholarship they offer here – and that’s JUST based on your academic performance. On top of federal aid or outside scholarships, this annual award could really help! So try your very best and turn in your best work. It’s worth the extra effort in the long run.

  1. Trust your gut.

Choosing a school is hard. It’s SO hard. When you first start looking around, you’ll feel like there are a million options with a million pros and cons. This is kind of true. There are many varied, diverse types of higher education institutions. Some colleges are urban, some are rural, others right in between. You might be one of 26,000 undergrads or one of 2,000. Your school might have tons of on campus housing, or maybe it is typical that every student lives off campus. This is just to name a few examples. My best advice here is to take a big deep breath, explore plenty of diverse options, and at the end – trust your gut reaction! I know it’s corny, but what they say is true: when you know, you know. Let me tell you a story.

When I first visited Temple’s campus, is was only because I had gotten into a school that I simply could not afford. I was interested in checking out Temple, but I was still really upset about not being able to go to the other school. Even still, when I walked down Liacouras Walk for the first time, I suddenly felt comfortable there. I looked around and saw students having lunch, chatting with friends, walking to class, and I thought…”Yeah, I can see myself in their shoes. I think I can really fit in here.” And boy, was I right. I trusted my gut and made the greatest choice I have made yet in my life. Temple opened every door for me, gave me lifelong friends, and showed me where my passions and talents truly lie. All because I went with my gut instinct! So trust yourself, and you’ll end up in the right spot.

  1. If you take an AP class, take the AP test!

This is something I didn’t do and I wish I had. If you’re already in the class anyhow, it’s definitely worth it to at least give the test a try! Those credits, if accepted at your future university, could help you graduate sooner or allow you to check off a gen-ed requirement from your list early on, which will open up room in your schedule for your major classes or other interesting electives. As long as you paid attention in class, the test should at least be something take give a shot at. Double check with your potential colleges if you’re a senior, and make sure they’ll accept the AP credits!

  1. Enjoy the process.

By the 10th college tour, you might feel a little burnt out. If you haven’t found “the one” yet, you might even feel a little discouraged. Just remember one thing – this time in your life never occurs again! Looking at schools and colleges is a unique, exploratory time in your life that you can never get back. I know this sounds silly, but you’ll look back on the process and miss it a little one day. That feeling of being right on the edge of your next big step in life, the unknown and excitement that is ahead of you – that is a beautiful thing! Even if your feet start to ache after one too many walking tours, try to smile and really take it all in. You’ll be glad you did.

Have specific questions? Let me know below! And don’t worry – college truly is the best years of your life. It’s all worth the process in the end.

Owlting: The Ben Franklin Bridge

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Around the office, we joke that whenever a bunch of us Owl Ambassadors go out, it’s an “Owl-ting”! I love a good owl pun so this really tickles my fancy.

Some of the best Owl-tings are the unexpected ones. Last weekend, after having a really great weekend with a wildly successful Open House (3,800 attendees! Come visit us!), Billy B, a fellow owl and I wanted to unwind.

We started by getting a late brunch at Morgan’s buffet style dining hall, which I have yet to eat at this year. Not having a meal plan means I usually cook or just grab food on the go, but Billy happens to be my favorite person ever and gave me a meal swipe to join him for unlimited breakfast.

I really love breakfast.

Paige

Told you. Look at that face.

As we were chatting, Billy asked me if I wanted to go down to Old City to walk the pedestrian path along the Ben Franklin Bridge. If you aren’t aware, that’s the bridge that connects us directly to New Jersey. I had no idea you could walk along it, and I also sort of hate bridges. Ask any of my friends from home about how I used to put my feet up if we drove over one! Either way, I NEVER say no to a trip to the city, so of course I went!

I feel like these pictures really speak for themselves. I’ve never seen so much of Philadelphia’s skyline all at once… absolutely. insane. I almost teared up actually, because I was just so impressed by seeing all of the city at once. I totally owe Billy, because I had no idea this view was even an option as far as getting to walk the bridge. It’s one of his favorite spots in the city and I’m so happy he let me see it too. 🙂

Because when it boils down to it, I am as much apart of Philadelphia as every building on the skyline and every person on the sidewalks and every car that drove past us while we walked the bridge up and down. That feeling was so rad – after three years of school here, and as I get ready to depart for London in 53 days, nothing was more peaceful than to know that I really do have a home here to come back to.

Sorry about the sap! Please enjoy the photos. I’ve also included a panorama of the view from the Race Street Pier, which sits just next to the bridge itself. We walked to the end, sat and talked, and watched the Duck Tour boat/cars come into the water. I waved to them all – I’m sure those duck tourists absolutely loved it.

Later today is my pre-departure meeting for London Spring 2015! It’s getting so much closer, I can’t believe it. Can’t wait.

Have an amazing Friday, world!

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It Begins: The FIRST Experience Temple Day!

Click to check out the ETD Hashtags here and see what we were up to:

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Hello again friends! It’s been almost a full week since our very first Experience Temple Day this semester, and I think I can safely say my feet are STILL recovering. But it was SO worth it; ETD’s are some of the most energetic, exciting, and rewarding days during our admissions year. It is a day when our accepted students can come to campus and get the FULL Temple Experience. Nothing beats it.

Even though the weather threatened to really let loose on us, the day ended up being wonderful! All of the owls were up bright and early. By this picture, you wouldn’t even know we’d been up since the crack of dawn:

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I have to let you in a secret: I was NERVOUS for ETD this year! That’s mostly due to the fact that I was apart of something super fun this year; the opening dance number. (I know, people back at home, ME? DANCING? It’s true.) The nerves were mostly just jitters, because we were about to get up in front of around 1700 prospective students and parents, and the pressure was definitely on. Once the Rocky Theme started, all of it faded and it was nothing but a blast! I think the crowd enjoyed it, too. Us dancers sure did! I know you’re probably foaming at the mouth to see it, so I’ll help you out (CLICK):

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The rest of the day was spent doing tours, checking our the residence halls, exploring campus, attending academic sessions, and plenty of other sessions. I could go on and on about how awesome ETD was. I spoke to so many interested families and students, tons of smiling faces, and even some really amazing alumni who dedicate their time back to to Temple even though they’ve finished their time here. THIS is why I love ETD: Everyone comes together, and it’s all about showing what it truly is like to feel that “Temple Experience”. 

All day, the Owl Ambassadors, Admission staff, and especially the STUDENTS were using the hashtag #ETD2014 to document their day. We even had a “Selfie” competition throughout the day, which I think is amazing.  SOOOO… GO CHECK OUT THE HASHTAGS. Instagram & Twitter both have tons of amazingly sweet tweets and pictures from all sides of the event. They’re so worth viewing. It gives just a small glimpse into the joy and excitement all of us were feeling on ETD! Click the buttons at the top of the post for a direct link to the hashtag streams.

Well, now that I just rambled for a few paragraphs about how much of a great time I had, I suppose I’ll conclude with this. If you’ve been accepted, REGISTER FOR AN ETD!!!!!!!!! We still have two more: March 23rd and April 12th. It is SO worth it to come out and see what Temple has to offer you. Plus, you’ll get to see me dance. And who in the world would pass up that offer?

Talk to you soon!

xoxo

Paige