Throughout the year Southern Virginia University offers the opportunity for prospective students to visit the campus during several open house events. More than 70 prospective students attended this month’s open house last Saturday, some traveling from as far as Oregon and California, all eager to witness firsthand the genius of small. Choosing the right college is a daunting task as there is a myriad of options. Thankfully, the well-organized itinerary allows visitors to really get a feel for what Southern Virginia has to offer — new friendships, quality learning and an LDS environment.
Following an invocation and a formal introduction, prospective students followed student guides in groups to the remainder of their respective programs. Separately, parents proceeded with a different schedule, where they had the chance to hear speakers, view valuable presentations and pose their own questions. At this month’s open house, parents were able to hear from Southern Virginia alumna Kirsten Tullia and Todd Brotherson, the university’s business program coordinator. Speaking from experience, I know parents play an important role in helping their child choose the perfect college. It was truly enriching for me to see the families in attendance take this decision seriously.
At the breakfast social, prospective students were able to meet with professors and inquire about the different majors, clubs and programs at Southern Virginia. In mock classroom settings, they get a taste of the in-depth class discussions and lectures led by the professors. I never attended an open house prior to my own full-time enrollment, and I therefore had no idea what to expect from the event. To my delight, it served only to confirm that I had made the right choice in choosing Southern Virginia University to continue my education. As I followed the day’s schedule, putting myself in the shoes of my future classmates, I felt welcomed by the faculty and, as if for the first time, intrigued by their passion and expertise.
Along with lunch in the dining hall and a tour of campus and the residence halls, a Southern Virginia open house features optional visits with admissions counselors and the registrar. Prospective student athletes aspiring to become a Southern Virginia Knight can meet with the team coaches, and auditions are held for those who think they have what it takes to join the university’s vocal, theatrical or instrumental programs. Attending an open house puts you one step ahead of the game. And benefits like travel reimbursement have made attending easier than ever before! Southern Virginia University’s open house is an event worth experiencing, so what’s stopping you?
(Post by Brian Caycho ’16. Photos by Jordan Wunderlich ’16.)