I got an email from my dad today. He was expressing relief after checking his calendar that Candidate's Weekend was next weekend, and that no candidate would have to sludge through the potential two to three feet of snow that soon will be blanketing the campus. I'd have to agree. Everyone should be able to get here on time with minimal delay, and with a few thousand flights already canceled in and out of the east coast, it would have been quite a feat of engineering (get it?) to have everyone here for such an exciting weekend.
I think that is what's most empowering about Candidate's Weekend. It gives you the chance to show what words and numbers cannot, to fly free as the phoenix (I need to stop now) and be reborn anew. It is as much an assessment of your qualities at it is an assessment of the college's qualities. Some people come to candidate's weekend and find they don't enjoy it as much as they thought they would. Candidate's Weekend is very much an organic event. The people you'll be talking to are not scripted, are not told what to say and what not to say. There is no list of banned topics, no question too strange or too taboo. Talk to any Olin student and they will tell you everything you'd want to know, the fabulous and what needs to be improved. If you end up not enjoying your time, the challenges that you face, or the people that you meet, then I feel Candidate's Weekend was a success.
- Explore everything.
- Talk with people.
- Go to all the events.
- Talk with more people.
- Play dodgeball.
- Talk with more and more people.
- Hang out in rooms in the BECC until two in the morning.
- Drink all the free soda and eat all the free snacks.
- Visit every table in the Career fair.
- TALK. TO. EVERYBODY.
- Don't be afraid to ask questions.
- Don't be afraid of spontaneity.
- Have Fun.