Interior or Graphic Design
Currently a freshman Scenic Design major at Emerson College.
Location - 10
After getting off the T we were right in the midst of a beautiful Brookline neighborhood. Walking to Newbury we felt as though we were revisiting a forgotten middle school paper route (that none of us had). The campus was located in the quintessential upper middle class suburbia, that one would expect from any live-action Disney movie from the early 90’s. When we reached the campus, the admissions office was clearly indicated with large signs that not only directed students, but were unobtrusive. The building itself was a converted Federalist style home.
Lobby Appearance - 7
The lobby was beautiful. The decor matched the style of the building and fit in nicely with the neighborhood. The waiting area had comfortable, yet classic chairs. The only reason points were deducted was because we did not feel welcome in the way that a prospective student should. The admissions staff did not ask us to fill out any forms regarding address, phone number, or student status and simply told us to sit and wait.
Jen, a senior corporate communications and management major from Texas. Fun fact: She doesn’t like chalk, but she does like laminating!
Personality - 7
Jen was outgoing and friendly. We were able to tell what she was interested in through her personality. However, she didn’t seem to be very passionate about her school.
Appearance - 8
Jen was wearing a floral skirt and a cute blouse. She looked professional while remaining casual and without appearing too stuffy. We felt that she was a good example of how Newbury students typically dress. On the hotness scale, Jen received a 7.
Ability to answer questions - 9
We felt that our ability to answer questions about Emerson went above and beyond what was necessary. Jay-Z was wearing her Emerson hoodie (in 90 degree heat — that was a mistake) and once Jen saw this, her interest was piqued. As a result, we ended up answering more questions about VDB’s former school than asking questions about her potential future school.
Ability to relate - 5
Although Jen did a good job of getting to know us, it seemed that she wanted to focus more on her issues with the school, her favorite houses in the neighborhood (although they were pretty cool!), and questions about Emerson. She didn’t know a lot about the interior design/graphic design programs at Newbury, and we would have liked to have gotten more information.
Informative (1) vs Entertainment (10) - 3
Although the tour was definitely more informative than entertaining, we also felt that we didn’t get as much information as we would have liked. Overall, we felt very bored.
Quality/Quantity of free stuff - 4
We were able to pick up a lot of literature about the programs, but nothing else. We did receive an email directly after the tour from our guide asking if we had any more questions.
Quality of literature provided - 3
The literature is of varying qualities. The main book is well-designed and filled with lots of pictures, although there isn’t a lot of information about the school. The other brochures we picked up are literally just collages of pictures about a single department or major.
Length of tour (1=too short, 10=too long) - 6
We felt that the tour was longer than it needed to be, although that may have been because it was so hot outside and we weren’t being given very much information.
Quality of tour content - 5
We were given a lot of information, but most of it did not seem very relevant at all. We were told about things that the school does not offer instead of what they do offer. We heard about the various expensive houses in the neighborhood and all the cool things they have in their backyards. We also saw the men’s communal bathroom in one of the dorms, which we were told not to choose.
Was there Dr. Pepper?
0 Update: 10 We were sent this photograph:
Instagram courtesy of Newbury College
Was there a sitcom TV set in the library? 0
Font choice/use? 7 - The fonts were pretty basic, but they were done well.
Favorite tour member? N/A
Meal Plan Breakdown:
You get 19 meals and 50 dining points per week for use in the dining hall and other on-campus locations. There are two soups of the day, a hot plate, and a deep dish section available in the dining hall. Additionally, you can use cash or credit at the Nighthawk Cafe, which contains a Starbucks.
One of the giant houses we passed on our way to the Newbury campus. Apparently they replace the lions every year.
Newbury’s simple and tasteful sign.
What the interior of the admissions office looked like: quite impressive!
This was Jen’s favorite house in the neighborhood, mostly because of all the pool parties that take place here.
OVERALL NEWBURY COLLEGE EXPERIENCE - 5
We would have liked to have gotten more information about Newbury College and not to have answered so many questions about Emerson.
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