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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Hitting the Road: Northern Virginia (Week 1)

Some schools send rookie admission officers to Northern Virginia as an initiation because of the notorious traffic and the advanced questions that get asked there. Sending a rookie to the Fair Oaks or Ballston Commons Malls is sort of like throwing someone into the "deep end" of the college admission pool.

I personally love traveling in that region, probably because I grew up in an area just like it. I enjoy being asked questions about topics that are more elaborate than "What GPA do I need?" which doesn't even make sense since GPA is a highly creative calculation these days. Hearing the current rumors that are getting passed around is always interesting, too.

If your school is on my schedule and you'd like to come see me, you already know the drill. Your Career Center Specialists have probably made you aware of the sign up procedure you need to follow to get a pass. This is the first of three weeks that I'll be spending in NOVA, so don't worry if your school isn't on this list.

I should add that the weeks when we can travel are a little limited these days.  Most schools don't want us to visit until the school routine is normal, so the first couple weeks of September are avoided.  Columbus Day weekend brings many visits to Grounds, so most of our staff tries to be home for that.  By the end of October, most of us have to finish the travel season so we can get back home for the Early Action application review. 

So, here is where I'm headed for my first week in NOVA.  I'll post my other itineraries shortly. 

Monday, September 24, 2012
8:00 AM   Fairfax High School
9:30 AM   James Madison High School
11:00 AM  Oakton High School
12:45 AM Woodson High School

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
8:30 AM   Yorktown High School
10:00 AM  Wakefield High School
11:30 AM  Washington-Lee High School
1:15 PM    Bishop O'Connell High School

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
8:30 AM   Annandale High School
10:00 AM  Falls Church High School
11:45 AM  TJHSST
1:00 PM    Bishop Ireton High School

Thursday, September 27, 2012
9:00 AM   Marshall High School
11:00 AM  McLean High School
12:15 AM  Langley High School
2:00 PM   George Mason High School

Friday, September 28, 2012
8:30 AM   JEB Stuart High School
10:30 AM  Centreville High School
1:15 PM   Westfield High School

I'll post my schedules for the second and third weeks soon!