“This is our library. It’s full of games and toys.”
Elementary Education/Special Education
Took a gap year after high school to “oh, I traveled and did some, like, tutoring and stuff.” (Later, she admitted to trying to play up the “dumb” aspects of this prospective.)
Location - 9
Wheelock is easily accessible from the T and located directly on the Riverway. The building was right on the street at the address and we were able to find it easily. The admissions office was right inside the door.
Although the school is readily accessible by the T, we were forced to take a cab due to the fact that it was raining and JC Swag was very upset about getting rained on. She was forced to abandon her priceless silver Keds on a sidewalk in the Fens as we hailed a cab to take us to campus.
Lobby Appearance - 7
The building’s interior had a very modest and community-oriented atmosphere, which matched up with the vibe of the college itself. While we waited for our tour guide, we were encouraged to take a seat in the comfortable chairs outside the office, and Jay-Z was given a clipboard and pen to write down her personal information.
Brianna, junior criminal justice and social work major. Fun fact: She was hoping to do a trip to Ireland through Wheelock to do charity work with children.
Brianna talked to everyone on the tour, not just the prospective. She was very welcoming and eager to show us around her school. It was obvious that she was very proud to go to Wheelock and really wanted us to see why she loved it too.
Appearance - 8
It was raining, so Brianna was wearing a sweater over her outfit during the tour, but once we got back to the admissions office, we noticed that she was dressed very professionally. On the hotness scale, Brianna received a 6.
Ability to answer questions - 10
Brianna knew EVERYTHING about Wheelock. We were impressed with her ability to answer questions and tell us details about everything we saw on the tour. She went into detail not only about the academics and student life, but about the community service that all students engage in. After the tour, Brianna even got an admissions counselor to come talk to Jay-Z about the application process.
Ability to relate - 10
She asked about Jay-Z’s gap year and VDB’s “theatre education” program at Emerson. Although she was a criminal justice major, she made sure to tailor the tour to Jay-Z’s interests and showed us things related to elementary education and special ed. She even asked questions about Jay-Z’s hometown of Philadelphia and made a point of talking a lot about Wheelock’s theatre after Jay-Z mentioned that she was interested in possibly doing some theatre education.
Informative (1) vs Entertainment (10) - 2
This tour was much more informative than entertaining, but we were okay with that. We weren’t expecting Wheelock to be a “flashy” school because of the nature of their programs, which are mostly targeted towards helping others, and we were proved correct. We learned so much about a school that we knew virtually nothing about.
Quality/Quantity of free stuff - 2
We were not given any brochures or free swag and had to pick them up at the door as we were leaving.
Quality of literature provided - 6
The brochures were sleek and managed to continue the vibe of the school. There were a variety of different topics available, so you could just pick up the ones that applied to you or take them all for a full look at the school.
Length of tour (1=too short, 10=too long) - 7
The tour was a little too long. That being said, Wheelock is a small school and we felt that we really got to see everything on campus: from housing to academic classrooms to the theatre.
Quality of tour content - 8
We got to see everything and learned a lot about this school and its programs. Since we came in knowing absolutely nothing about Wheelock, it was impressive that we managed to leave knowing what to expect if Jay-Z did choose to attend this school.
Was there Dr. Pepper? 0 (but they did tweet at us offering to get it!)
Was there a sitcom TV set in the library? 0 (but the library was full of board games!)
Font choice/use? 6 - They used Times New Roman and other generic fonts: it was a little too plain for us.
Favorite tour member? We were the only members of the tour.
Meal Plan Breakdown:
There are different block meal plans. Wildcat 290 is a plan of 290 all-you-care-to-eat meals with $25 worth of Fenway Cash for the semester. Wildcat 210 has 90 dining dollars and $25 worth of Fenway Cash. With Wildcat 150, you get 150 meals, 150 dining dollars, and $75 worth of Fenway Cash. Wildcat 110 has 110 meals, 200 dining dollars, and $100 of Fenway Cash.
The waiting area in the admissions office.
This television in the waiting area provided information about Wheelock.
A study lounge at Wheelock.
OVERALL WHEELOCK COLLEGE EXPERIENCE - 8
If you want to know actual information about possibly attending Wheelock College, head over to StudentAdvisor.com to find out if this is the right school for you.