I remember my Experience Exeter. It gave me my first taste of what it meant to be an Exonian–the infamous Harkness method, the fortune of having a cancelled class when a pending essay is due, and the Exonian “I’ll-get-it-done” spirit. To be honest, I expected that from Experience Exeter. What I didn’t expect was the weather: snow. I had arrived in town the night before, March 31st, and it was a balmy 50 degrees. I woke up to at least two feet of snow. April fools, if only….
But as I trudged around campus with my host that day, watching campus facilities clearing the paths and all of the grumbles about Spring-never-coming (something that I imagine has already been a common conversation this year), I saw Exeter as a place, a home. It’s not that I don’t think Admissions does a good job because I think they do. Rather, it’s simply hard to give every prospective student an active experience. By active, I mean talking to potential peers, teachers, coaches, friends, roommates, etc. Tours show you the campus, all of its buildings and facilities, but fails to show you the people. And, to me, Exeter has always been about the people. They’re laughs and smiles about the never-ending winter are what attracted me to Exeter. Exonians, I’ve learned after four years, have fun in any weather. And maybe you can too.