March 28, 2011
You got into Hamilton!
Or at least I assume you did, if you´re reading this entry. This is actually kind of surreal for me, because it was around this time two years ago that I started reading these journal entries. And now, I'm writing the entries! I... I don't even know how to deal with that.
But anyway, a bunch of you are probably leaping for joy, making plans to come here for Accepted Students Day knowing full well that you'll be joining us on the Hill no matter what. Others of you are on the fence, writing a super long pros/cons list to compare Hamilton with Kenyon, Geneseo, Middlebury, Vassar, or (though the very thought makes me sick) Colgate. And then there are those of you who are a bit bummed because, alas, you didn't get into your first choice.
Now, no matter which category you fall into, I will give you the same advice that another prospective student gave me two years ago: come to Accepted Students Day. It's a lot of fun, there are all sorts of things to do, and it's your future for goodness' sake! You simply can't judge Hamilton properly until you've been here. To elaborate, I will give you a before and after sketch of a young Cooper at Accepted Students Day:
Before: "Harumph. I sure wish I had gotten into Haverford. I guess I'd better check out Hamilton..."
After: "Mom, the food here is so good! And did you see all those naked people in masks? This place is awesome!"
Now, I know that after a while, all the college tours begin to sound exactly the same. But I truly believe that we've got a special little community here on the Hill, and that there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. That's why I write these entries: every day, rain or shine, I get to have a college experience that very few people ever have the privilege to enjoy. And you, Mr. or Mrs. Smarty Pants, have just been offered that very privilege. It would be a shame not to at least come by and see what all the fuss is about.
This entry's Shout Out goes to you! Congratulations!
Major / Minor: English / Mathematics and Anthropology
Activities: The Spectator, Resident Advisor, Study Buddies, Tutoring, Project Shine
Favorite Pastimes: Trivia Night, Humans vs. Zombies, awesome conversations at the language tables, playing Nintendo 64
Hometown: Geneseo, N.Y.
High School: Geneseo Central School