Published on December 7, 2009
Northfield Mount Hermon : Northfield Mount Hermon Alumni and Parent Ambassador (APA) Training Program Alumni and Parent Ambassador Program Roles : Alumni and Parent Ambassador Program Roles Resource Ambassador for the school Share your experience Further the tradition of NMH Slide 3: Representative: APAs attend a fair or reception to answer any questions if NMH admission staff is unable to travel to that region. Interviewer: APAs conduct phone interviews with students who are unable to visit the campus. Host: APAs may host a reception for prospective students and their families in your area. This may be done in your home or in a public place. Responsibilities Caller: APAs may participate in phone callouts to families during the decision season. What is a fair? : What is a fair? Information for families Enable students to learn more and to narrow down their list Makes NMH accessible to families around the world How do you prepare for a fair? : How do you prepare for a fair? 1. An admission counselor will contact you via e-mail or phone. 2. A resource guide and admission material is sent to you in the mail. 3. Read the resource guide to familiarize yourself with current information about the school and the admissions process. 4. Print directions to your fair and leave enough time to get there with half an hour to set up for the event. 5. Wear business attire. What happens at a fair? : What happens at a fair? 1. Arrive 20-30 minutes early and introduce yourself to the host. 2. Find your assigned table and give yourself plenty of time to setup with the appropriate materials. 3. Once the fair begins, make yourself available to families by standing in front of the table. 4. Smile and introduce yourself. Do your best to get the family to fill out a contact card. 5. Encourage students to visit NMH. If there are questions you cannot answer, refer them to our website and let them know that an admission counselor will follow up with them. 6. If the fair is quiet, attract prospective students by pointing out the expert pieces on how to choose the right school. 7. Once the fair is over, be sure to send the contact cards back to us (in the provided envelope) along with a fair evaluation form as soon as possible. 8. MAKE AN IMPACT! You are the face of NMH, so making a connection with the student is imperative. Fair Materials & Sample Table : Fair Materials & Sample Table DVDs Campus Visit Postcards School banner Print piece Contact Cards Business Cards Interview Arrangements : Interview Arrangements You will be given an NMH email and phone calling card (if needed). Prospective student/family will contact you directly (via e-mail or phone) to setup an interview. You are in charge of your own schedule. If there is a scheduling conflict, call the admission office immediately. Be prompt when calling the interviewee. The Interview : The Interview Get to know the student. Conversation-based interview in English. Listen and take notes if necessary. Leave time for the student to ask questions. Only speak about our strengths and do not compare us to other schools. Interviews can be conducted in person (when possible) and over the phone. Interviewing Guidelines : Interviewing Guidelines Appearance/Presentation What is the student looking for? Academic match Extracurricular Activities Social match Weaknesses/Concerns Family Information Overall Example of an Interview Writeup : Example of an Interview Writeup Presentation/appearance - fairly casual appearance, wore her fleece jacket the whole interview. However, she was very bubbly, energetic, enthusiastic, talkative, and engaging. Why boarding/NMH - knows several students at NMH. Alumna Laurel Edson was her camp counselor and told her that she MUST come here that she’s an NMH kind of kid. (I have to agree). Caroline Sullivan came by to say hi and then they went to see Ali Tager. Allie is good friends with the head of Shore and I think he helped put together their list of schools. Mom decided they’d look at 3 schools - 3 all-girls. Academics - Allie is a B student ranging from B- to B+. She currently has a C+ in history (which she loves) but she’s determined to pull it up. She LOVES math - in part because of the teacher who makes learning it so easy and fun. English is challenging because she and her teacher seem to be at odds (he was her basketball coach last year and now she’s not playing for the school team, but plays elsewhere). Just read Of Mice and Men and now getting into The Secret Life of Bees and watching Mississippi Burning. She’s really interested in history and current events - she watches the news. Extra Curricular - Very involved in different levels. Loves team sports, basketball being her absolute favorite. She doesn’t know why her coach didn’t seem to like her but one area of difficulty is that he tried to break her of her manner of layup which used to be consistent and successful, but the new way has caused her to lose her edge, which frustrates her. She loves little kids and knows that she wants to be an art teacher for kids. She currently helps teach art to two different grade levels: kindergarten and 3rd. Allie seems like someone with quite a bit of gumption! Social Match - no doubt she’d fit right in. An older friend (her former babysitter) took her to a concert in Boston and they discovered that Obama was speaking in the Common, so they stopped in to listen to him speak. She saw flyers for a peace rally the next day and invited her grandmother to go with her and she really loved the event. Loved that the perspectives represented ranged from focus on Iraq to Vietnam vets, to just keeping an open mind and caring about neighbors. Weakness/concerns: Allie takes meds for ADD daily. Mom just wanted to know how we would dispense this kind of controlled substance. Other than that, there are no accommodations or needs. Allie could potentially be a better student, but perhaps at the expense of being well-rounded. Her parents prefer that she continue to be the person she is and hopefully will respond well to the kind of academic encouragement she might find at a prep school. Family: She is very close to her family although her parents recently went through a divorce. They are slowly working it out. Allie is also looking forward to heading to boarding school because she doesn’t then have to go back and forth between her mom’s and dad’s house. She admits though that she will miss her sister a lot since they are also close. Mom works as a teacher. Dad works as an investor in a mutual fund company. Overall: neat kid. I doubt that she’s the strongest kid at Shore, but I’ll gladly say that I think she’d be a solid NMHer who would be well-liked and would bring much to the community. Interview Follow-up : Interview Follow-up Send the interview write-up back to the admission office as soon as possible. Is there anything in particular we should be aware of? The appropriate admission counselor will follow up directly with the student. Things to remember: : Things to remember: NMH has changed since you were a student. Focus on: While the school is physically different, the heart is the same. Be aware of the admission counselors who are in charge of your prospective interviewees. Familiarize yourself with the resource guide. Slide 14: Representative: APAs attend a fair or reception to answer any questions if NMH admission staff is unable to travel to that region. Interviewer: APAs conduct phone interviews with students who are unable to visit the campus. Host: APAs may host a reception for prospective students and their families in your area. This may be done in your home or in a public place. Responsibilities Caller: APAs may participate in phone callouts to families during the decision season. Thank you! : Thank you! We could not do it without you!