Behind the Scenes: Scholars’ Weekend

Last weekend, current Meredith Honors students got to meet the future members of the Class of 2018 at Scholars’ Weekend. Preparation for Scholars’ Weekend started months in advance and involved 200 volunteers led by our undaunted co-chairs Nicole Lawson and Rebecca Shafer. They organized the subcommittees of faculty and students from Art, Music, Interior Design, Teaching Fellows, and the Honors Program that helped prepare for the 150 interviewees who would be coming to campus in February.

Dr. Pitts, Nicole, and Rebecca open the volunteer's training session.

Dr. Pitts, Nicole, and Rebecca open the volunteers’ training session.

There are many roles at Scholars’ Weekend, including group leaders, escorts, interview teams, and room hosts. Countless meetings take place throughout the school year just to get ready for the volunteer trainings. Since the student volunteers have all attended their own Scholars’ Weekends in the past, it is such a privilege to serve these Meredith programs and get to welcome new students to the Meredith community. With so many roles to fill, it takes a lot of organization and planning to make sure everyone has what they need to be prepared for the actual event.

After general instructions, groups divide for task-specific training.

After general instructions, groups divide for task-specific training.

One of the most exciting parts is hosting prospective students. The stress of interviews is behind the visiting students, and hostesses get a chance to show some of their favorite parts of living at Meredith.

Volunteers check the lists of the students they will be hosting.

Volunteers check the lists of the students they will be hosting.

I’m so grateful for all the work the planners of Scholars’ Weekend did, and I loved getting to see so many members of the Class of 2018. I can’t wait to see you all in the fall!

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