Radford University, located in Radford, Virginia, hosted a fall Open House program on November 14, 2009. The event filled the auditorium at Preston Hall. Dr. Steven Nape, vice provost, welcomed the families and led the presentation and Q&A. He was assisted by two admissions counselors. Together, they delivered a fine overview of RU that was warm and real. This approach carried over to the panel of five students who talked about where they came from and why they chose RU. They were all enthusiastic proponents of life at Radford and, at the same time, came across as honest and sincere. Their answers to some questions drew laughs from the audience. Their insights to life “on your own” included things like having to be responsible for getting up in time for an 8 o’clock class and having to clean your own bathroom. They discussed managing money and involvement in student clubs and, of course, the food.
The student interaction was eye opening for the two teens I brought on the tour. They came away with the feeling that Radford University held possibilities and opportunities for them. They were relieved by the programs at the school to help with the transition to college and the lack of pressure to choose a major right away.
I mentioned in an earlier post on SmartCollegeVisit that we already “knew” Radford from having attended performances and galleries. We all realized that we really did not “know” the school, but having visited, we now know more and want to know even more.
*Photos taken with Olympus Stylus Tough on loan by Olympus to Z. Kelly Queijo.