Glendon’s 2007 Fall Campus Day on Sunday, Nov. 4, set a new record for attendance with more than 600 visitors.
|Above: Some of the more than 600 visitors to Glendon’s Fall Campus Day tour the historic campus|
The day began with a French flair as Glendon welcomed visitors with a breakfast of coffee, fruit, croissants and French pastries. The Andrew Maynard Quartet, composed of York students, played lively music that added to the welcoming atmosphere. As they arrived, students received a white spruce sapling, ready to plant, complete with the Glendon motto: “…Alteri saeculo – We plant seeds for future generations.”
Right: A Glendon student volunteer hands out white spruce saplings to visitors during the Nov. 4 Fall Campus Day
The morning’s program consisted of the three successful sessions covering the information every future student seeks about academics, money matters, admissions issues, as well as a student panel talking about campus life: “telling it how it is”. Campus and residence tours were very popular throughout the day and the Information Fair in the cafeteria attracted hundreds to the departmental and student service kiosks.
“I am planning to go into corporate law and I have been researching the best schools for a while," said Dylan, a top student at Westside Secondary School in Orangeville, Ont. ”When a representative from York University spoke at my high school, he explained that the most useful preparation for a career in law is [the study of] philosophy, because it teaches you to think outside the box and analyze abstract ideas. Glendon’s Philosophy Department offers exactly what I am looking for: small classes with real opportunities to discuss and interact with professors and other students, and a choice of courses that correspond to my interests.”
Left: Students and their parents flocked to the Information Fair
Another visitor, Adrienne Boyd, who attended French Immersion before high school, is currently a student at Whiteoaks Secondary School in Oakville, Ont. “I have been visiting universities in order to find the right choice for me. After trekking around large campuses, Glendon’s compact campus is a real relief, everything is so close and easy to find. My interest is in environmental and health studies and I would also like to revive my knowledge of French. I found the morning’s information sessions very useful, especially the student panel [Straight from the Students]. Nothing makes the information more relevant than the experience of those who are here right now.”
Right: Adrienne Boyd (right) with her mother at Glendon’s Fall Campus Day
“I go to York Mills Collegiate, just around the corner from Glendon, where I am attending French Immersion. So researching Glendon is an obvious choice," said Katie. “I dropped in at the Glendon kiosk of the Ontario Universities Fair in September and we also had a Glendon recruitment officer visit our school. What interests me most is the field of International Studies combined with French. I like Glendon’s flexibility in its programs and the opportunity to change majors, if needed. The sessions at Fall Campus Day have been very informative and easy to benefit from. I also really appreciate being able to speak to professors and current students. The warm and friendly welcome today gave me a taste of what it must be like to study at Glendon.”
Parents had very positive things to say about the visit as well. Several expressed the wish that they would have had such opportunities to research universities when they were finishing high school.
Visit the Fall Campus Day Web site for more details and a photo gallery of the event.
This article was submitted to YFile by Glendon communications officer Marika Kemeny.