Finding the right fit

For many Greenwich students, the beginning of March brings in what is known as “admissions season” where they find out what lies ahead for their academic future.

Whether students are hearing from colleges or high schools, everyone is on their toes as the beginning of the third trimester approaches. Last Sunday, I came to Sacred Heart to help and welcome the newly admitted students to our community. I am the co-head of the student-run Admissions Committee for the Convent of the Sacred Heart and my duty is to introduce newcomers into our school.

I wanted to join the admissions committee because I know how difficult it is readjusting to a new school, community and life. My being in four different schools over the course of four years was not the most appealing of circumstances, but it made me understand how important first impressions are when it comes to schools.

Finding the “perfect fit” for middle school, high school, college or even kindergarten takes more than just a quick look through a pamphlet and sitting through an information session. Even a tour will not suffice. Finding the right place makes prospective students take a step back and look at the community as a whole.

There are important questions to ask: Will I fit in? Are these people similar to me? What was my first impression?

So, when I arrived at Sacred Heart’s annual “Welcome Brunch” on Sunday I tried to remember why I chose this school in the first place and why I felt it was the right place for me. The only time that I ever looked at Sacred Heart before I enrolled was over my school vacation in seventh grade, which was just before I moved to New England. But although I walked into CSH with a frown, holding back tears, this one visit left me thinking how I could really see myself here.

OK, so I am not just here to advertise Sacred Heart to prospective students (but, hey, now that I mention it … take a look at all we have to offer!). I am writing this to explain how it takes immersion to fully find the right fit.

I liked CSH so much when I first visited because I spent a day as a Sacred Heart girl. Everyone was so nice to me, and this first impression made all the difference. The Admissions Club at Sacred Heart is an opportunity for us to find our successors. We are searching for girls who will embrace the chance to fill our shoes after we are in college and beyond.

So, while I felt slightly anxious before Sunday’s event, I knew that we could make a lasting impression on all of the newly admitted students. I wanted to tell them what they would be experiencing for the next four years and, more importantly, ask them what they wanted to experience.

While it is never appealing to look at my schedule on a Monday morning and see that I have no free periods and a Biology double-period, these are some of the things that I will remember long after I leave Sacred Heart. While these are not always considered “fun,” times, I hope that all of the future students can experience their own feelings like this, no matter what age or what school they attend.

And I will look back at my seventh-grade self and smile, knowing that on that snowy tour-day back then, I looked my future in the face and it gave me a thumbs up, confident that I was going in the right direction.

 

Sarah Jackmauh is a junior at Convent of the Sacred Heart.

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