Bryant hosts Fall Open House

Saturday, September 28th marked Bryant’s annual Fall Open House. Each year the admissions team, faculty, and students come together to showcase Bryant’s campus, academic programs, and the endless opportunities that await future Bryant students.  High school students from across New England and across the country came pouring in Saturday morning at 8:00 am. While most of Bryant’s current student body was still asleep, recovering from the night before, several students arose early to share what they love about Bryant. One of those students was senior Paige Andrews. Paige has been a student ambassador for three years, and this year was selected to represent the student body and speak to all the prospective Bulldogs. Paige shared her experience and the endless opportunities that have been available to her at Bryant and beyond our small Smithfield campus; “had I not created my path at Bryant University, I can almost guarantee you that I would not have expanded my world past my hometown South of Boston, let alone East Asia.” Paige wholeheartedly preached to the prospective students and their families about how much she has developed as a student and a person at Bryant, and how comfortable she has felt throughout her time here. Paige set the stage for President Machtley, who further excited the visitors; with that, open house was ready to commence.

Campus tours flowed throughout Bryant, professors raved about their departments and the resources at Bryant, and students began creating a picture of their lives at Bryant for the next four years. Open House is a great opportunity for Bryant to showcase all they have to offer, and that is exactly what occurred Saturday. Over 900 prospective students visited and took in Bryant’s beautiful campus. It is at the Fall Open House from which students start the application process, thus beginning a stressful yet exciting process that will culminate in a few short months with the prospective students’ final collegiate decision soon to be made.

Although many students, speeches, and campus programs blew everyone away Saturday, the real winner was the Fisher Student Center.

Saturday, September 28th marked Bryant’s annual Fall Open House. Each year the admissions team, faculty, and students come together to showcase Bryant’s tremendous campus, academic programs, and the endless opportunities that await future Bryant students.  High school students from across New England and across the country came pouring in Saturday morning at 8:00 am. While most of Bryant’s current student body was still asleep, recovering from the night before, several students arose early to share what they love about Bryant. One of those students was senior Paige Andrews. Paige has been a student ambassador for three years, and this year was selected to represent the student body and speak to all the prospective Bulldogs. Paige shared her experience and the endless opportunities that have been available to her at Bryant and beyond our small Smithfield campus; “had I not created my path at Bryant University, I can almost guarantee you that I would not have expanded my world past my hometown South of Boston, let alone East Asia.” Paige wholeheartedly preached to the prospective students and their families about how much she has developed as a student and a person at Bryant, and how comfortable she has felt throughout her time here. Paige set the stage for President Machtley, who further excited the visitors; with that, open house was ready to commence.

Campus tours flowed throughout Bryant, professors raved about their departments and the resources at Bryant, and students began creating a picture of their lives at Bryant for the next four years. Open House is a great opportunity for Bryant to showcase all they have to offer, and that is exactly what occurred Saturday. Over 900 prospective students visited and took in Bryant’s beautiful campus. It is at the Fall Open House from which students start the application process, thus beginning a stressful yet exciting process that will culminate in a few short months with the prospective students’ final collegiate decision soon to be made.

Although many students, speeches, and campus programs blew everyone away Saturday, the real winner was the Fisher Student Center. Opening just two days prior to this event, a great amount of work was needed in order to make this building ready for Saturday’s showcase. As I took my tour through the Fisher Center, students and parents truely were in awe of the building. One parent stated “this is gorgeous, not what I expected looking at the outside.” This admiration continued throughout the day and it is clear that our campus living room impressed many visitors, and cemented itself as a staple of this campus for many years to come.

For Bryant and the prospective students, Open House was a win-win. The University had its chance to shine in the eyes of prospective students, parents, and family members, while students got a great opportunity to see why I, along with 3200 other students, choose to call Bryant University our second home. Bryant is an outstanding community and Saturday’s event represented us well. I will leave you with a quote from senior Paige Andrews regarding the significance of speaking at the event; “I’ll never forget sitting in the bleachers as a high school senior myself. Now as a Bryant Senior, I am able to pay if forward.”

Opening just two days prior to this event, a great amount of work was needed in order to make this building ready for Saturday’s showcase. As I took my tour through the Fisher Center, students and parents truely were in awe of the building. One parent stated “this is gorgeous, not what I expected looking at the outside.” This admiration continued throughout the day and it is clear that our campus living room impressed many visitors, and cemented itself as a staple of this campus for many years to come.

For Bryant and the prospective students, Open House was a win-win. The University had its chance to shine in the eyes of prospective students, parents, and family members, while students got a great opportunity to see why I, along with 3200 other students, choose to call Bryant University our second home. Bryant is an outstanding community and Saturday’s event represented us well. I will leave you with a quote from senior Paige Andrews regarding the significance of speaking at the event; “I’ll never forget sitting in the bleachers as a high school senior myself. Now as a Bryant Senior, I am able to pay if forward.”

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