Office of Admissions, students prepare for Fellows Weekend

The flowers blooming and warmer weather means one thing for Elon University’s Office of Admissions: the beginning of admissions events season.

While during the fall semester the Office of Admissions is dedicated to encouraging students to apply to Elon, in the spring semester the office must work toward getting admitted students to choose to ultimately decide to enroll here.screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-10-10-47-pm

The first major admissions event of the season will be held this weekend. Fellows Weekend is an event where prospective students are invited to campus to compete for Elon’s six different fellows programs. These programs include Honors Fellows, Communications Fellows, Business Fellows, Teaching Fellows, Elon College Fellows and Leadership Fellows. 

The university is expecting hundreds of prospective students on campus this weekend.

Throughout the event, students will be offered campus and residence hall tours, attend information sessions and interview for positions in the programs.

The Office of Admissions puts in many hours of work to make this event run smoothly.

University tour guide and Honors Fellow, Bethany Beckham, explained some of the planning that goes int to the event.

“I work in the office about 15 hours a week, and I would say we get about 20 to 30 fellows calls during that time I’m in the office each week,” Beckham said. “They deal with scheduling alternate interviews, meeting student accommodations and assisting with general questions related to the fellows weekend schedule.”

Current Elon students also play a large part in making the weekend a success. For many of the Fellows programs, current students are given the opportunity to meet and mingle with the applicants and in turn recommend some prospective students for the program. Some current students also help faculty and staff members with the interview process.

Senior Leadership Fellow, Steven Armendariz, whom also works as a Diversity Ambassador for the Office of Admissions, expressed his excitement for the students participating in the event.

“I love working in during fellows weekend because there are a lot of prospective fellows that are excited to be at Elon learn more about the program and the university and potentially become part of the family,” Armendariz said. “Prospective fellows can expect a hectic yet exhilarating weekend.”

This weekend will not only bring new faces to campus, but also quite a bit of excitement.

“The best part about working any event weekend is seeing these kids light up with excitement about Elon, just like I still do,” Beckham said. “As a student worker and Honors Fellow, I really connect with Fellows Weekend candidates on a deeper level because I’ve been in their shoes.”

For those students like Armendariz and Beckham who work at the Office of Admissions and are a part of the Fellows program, this admissions event is even more exciting and personal than the other.

“I had a 30 minute phone call with a mom last week just wanting to know about my personal experience, and I learned so much about her son’s background,” Beckham said. “It’s connections like that that make me love my job even more.”

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