My son is in a somber mood. Perhaps you are too.
My son recently left his residence hall for the last time, leaving his freshman year of college behind. No more making memories with new friends, no first college theatre production, no glorious freshman-year spring on campus....
I'm going to make some assumptions. You're probably bummed to miss your prom, last tournament, senior night, and/or graduation ceremony. Even if you're over high school, you probably hoped for more time with your friends, hanging out at your favorite restaurant or store. Regardless of how you feel about any of these memories, I'm guessing multiple weeks in your house with only your family was not at the top of your list.
And when it comes to your college decision, your expectations of the process are probably not what you'd hoped either. I'm writing this letter from my living room. I'm only on Day Two of working remotely, but by the time you receive this message, I guarantee I am ready to be back on campus. Did I mention this son of mine expects to be fed with the regularity and variety of a dining hall?
Our Iowa State Admissions leadership team has been meeting virtually each day. We're thinking about you. We're worried about you. We want to make the process easier for you. Most of us are parents and know what it's like for a family to make a big decision like where to go to college. So, while I'm sure our marketing team will come up with some fun merch to send you to keep you excited about Iowa State, I thought I'd share some practical steps we are taking to make this process a little easier for you.
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We want to make your transition to Iowa State University as seamless as possible. I hope you will reach out to your admissions counselor with any questions or requests. I'll be staying in touch with them, so we can assist with any needs you might have.
While we navigate these unprecedented times, please know you're on our minds. While our team is working remotely, we are here to answer your questions and help overcome any barriers to a college education. I know your admissions counselor will be happy to talk to you as soon as you're ready.
Best wishes for a healthy and safe spring for you and your family.
Katharine Johnson Suski