Setting the bar

I had lots of fun this candidate's weekend! Running the design build was nerve-wracking (I was as nervous as you! but overall rewarding, exhilarating, and spectacular! On Saturday night, west hallers really pulled all the stops. I wish I had been able to meet more candidates, but I was called away to play rehearsal. As predicted, I did no work this weekend, but our professors have been more than lenient this week with extensions. Anyways, I saw my classmates pick up my slack - and then some! Actually, if I've noticed a theme in the conversations I've had with regards to candidate's weekends, it's been "too much" and "too strong!"
It's true; we did a lot. I found the sheer energy captivating! Then again, I'm a freshmen, with no standard against which
to hold my experience. Conversely, some
of the more centered students thought that our lounge-wide nerf gun
battle, the Mardi Gras hallway, antilounge dance party, and the _____
show in the _____ (sorry folks, it's a secret) were overwhelming and
felt artificial.

To be honest, this surprised me. These are things we do at Olin. We really do
them, and we love them! They are mostly new to the school as of this
year, reflections of the Class of 2013's ebullience, but still, they
are accurate depictions of life here at Olin. Certainly, the events of a month had to be compressed into a weekend, but our enthusiasm
with each event was genuine. This being said, I can see how from a
newcomer's perspective, this approach might have seemed overeager or

There's also the problem that our vim and vigour crowded out the
low-key conversations - heart to hearts that I enjoyed in my candidate's weekend. This was, I understand, the purpose of the visit to the dorms. Oops! The thing is, we wanted to entertain you, but this was also our opportunity to
be real with you. We were to answer your questions person to person,
whether the response was good or bad.

We want you to know all about
what life is like here, and still want to come!

With this in mind, I vow that we will reshape the weekends to come. Thank you to our
guinea pigs, with whom we are enamoured. If you would now like to sit
down and have an open talk with a current student, please contact me
any time and I'll a) be your guy or b) connect you with someone. I'll
do my best to get you the full CW experience!

It wasn't all negative! We set the bar high, but I know that it is very much within our reach to raise it much higher. We're looking forward to next week. I hope you're ready for us, candidates to come!

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