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Faculty Mentor

Louise Woodstock


This paper moves beyond a conventional critique of life in an admissions office. In March of 2020, a pandemic turned everyone's lives upside down and then some. Most individuals and businesses needed to pivot into finding the next steps. At issue is the rate of how quickly all needed to adapt, and the changes that were so unfamiliar to most. Families were facing challenges that they could have never imagined and admission offices needed to adapt to be able to bring in their yearly quota. The author concludes by analyzing the key similarities between the following independent schools from Pre-K through 12th grade: Exeter Academy,(Phillips Exeter Academy, N.d) Choate Rosemary Hall, (Choate Rosemary Hall, N.d)The Lawrenceville School, (The Lawrenceville School, N.d) The Hotchkiss School, (The Hotchkiss School, N.d) Far Hills Country Day School, (Far Hills Country Day School, N.d) Blaire Academy, (Blaire Academy, N.d) Gill St. Bernards, (Gill St. Bernards, N.d) Cary Academy (Cary Academy, N.d). The author does this through interviews and independent research.


Presented as part of the Ursinus College Celebration of Student Achievement (CoSA) held April 22, 2021.

The downloadable .mp4 video file is a poster presentation with audio commentary with a run time of 29:17.


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