A Letter to Fall 2018 Students
As the Fall 2018 semester approaches, many students are making their final decisions about where to attend college and which academic major to pursue. While writing essays and waiting on admissions decisions may be stressful at times, I hope you have enjoyed visiting campuses, meeting new people, and deciding where you will call home for the next four years.
While many of you may know what you want to study, I would like to address those of you that might either be unsure or have no idea whatsoever. Be assured that college is more than gaining a specific set of skills in a narrow field aimed at procuring a specific job. Think about this for a second: how many current “in demand” jobs, such as social media manager, big data analyst, and sustainability manager, were just created within the last ten years?
While declaring a major is important, there are universal skills that every college student should strive for. Institutions like Centenary balance a career-focused curriculum with a foundation in the liberal arts. This allows a student to develop the necessary skills in critical thinking, written and oral communication, the ability to work in teams, and the ability to work with both qualitative and quantitative information. These skills not only prepare you for your first job, but for the multiple jobs you are likely to have over the course of your professional career.
If you have not yet selected your college, don’t worry! You still have time. I would suggest looking to see what institutions have a rolling admissions process like Centenary. This means admission offers are made through the month of August. Similar to other schools, all that is required to apply is a completed application, transcripts, and test scores. Once we have all of those things, we can send you an admission decision within a week.
I hope that you find the right college that will help you meet your academic and personal goals. Many times the selection process comes down to a small set of similar schools and the ultimate decision is based more on feeling than facts. Often, you get a “gut feeling” as to what school is best for you. Just make sure you pick a school where you feel comfortable and at home.
Robert L. Miller Jr. Ph.D.
V.P. Enrollment Management
**If you’d like to learn more about what you’d experience in the first year at Centenary, visit our website or contact our admissions office at any time!