9 Things That Prospective Students Do At CWRU

9 Things That Prospective Students Do At CWRU

How prospies stand out in the crowd

It's Admitted Student Program time at Case Western Reserve and prospective students are everywhere. Tours are running non-stop, classes are as full as ever. Sometimes "prospies" stick out like a sore thumb, others fit in pretty well. There are typically ways to spot a prospie in a crowd, some more obvious than other, but here are 9 things that only prospies do while on the CWRU campus.

1. Walk around campus with a map in hand

At this point in the year, all students (hopefully) know their way around campus. If you see someone someone walking around campus with a map in hand, you're probably looking at a prospie.

2. Look at all the buildings as they walk by

It's understandable, after all. Prospies have likely seen the Case campus very little before and probably prefer to take in as much as they can while walking from point A to point B. For students a walk across campus is not much more than a routine.

3. Ask for directions that seem obvious

Asking for directions is perfectly normal. Sometimes reading a map can be more difficult than just finding a destination and heading there. For Case students, questions like "how do I get to Fribley?" seem silly, but not everybody goes to Case. It doesn't help that some buildings at Case Western Reserve are not exactly easy to find or navigate - I'm looking at you, School of Nursing.

4. Pronounce Thwing incorrectly

To be fair, it really does look like it should be pronounced like "thing" but with a w. That's not the case, however, and typically prospies will make the mistake once or twice before being corrected.

5. Confuse the Tink with Veale

As a Case student it is very difficult to confuse the Tink and Veale, but for people visiting, it may be a bit confusing to see both a Tinkham Veale University Center and a Veale Athletics Complex. I recently hosted a prospective student who actually knew his way to Veale only because he accidentally went there instead of the Tink for part of Open House.

6. Explore the dining halls

After months of going to Leutner and Fribley Case students generally know where everything is in the dining halls. Prospies often roam the dining halls for a few minutes before returning to one area to get food. They also tend to try as much as possible to get a feel for all of the food.

7. Shorten Case Western Reserve University incorrectly

Saying Case Western Reserve University frequently would be very tedious, so we often shorten it to Case, CWRU, or Case Western Reserve. Prospies often make the mistake of saying just Case Western instead of Case Western Reserve, which is understandable. But you wouldn't shorten Ohio State to just Ohio, would you?

8. Take pictures in front of the buildings

Case has some interesting buildings, most notably Kent Hale Smith, the Tink, and the Peter B. Lewis building. Before leaving Case and heading home to make a college decision, many prospective students will stop with family and friends to get a picture in front of CWRU's most memorable buildings. For students, these buildings are just everyday sights; for prospies, these buildings are potential selling points of the university.

9. Be attentive in class

This may be less common, but in some cases prospective students will actually be more attentive in class than some actual students. Seriously, sitting in class and watching New Girl on a laptop may be normal for some students, but many prospies actually want to get a feel for what CWRU classes are like.

Over the next few weeks, prospies are going to be everywhere at CWRU. Sometimes prospies blend in, but if you look for these actions you will be able to pick them out from the crowd.

Cover Image Credit: Case Western Reserve Undergraduate Admissions

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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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One habit that I have newly formed is creating a section in my journal that I like to call "Get Out of My Head." Life moves very fast and sometimes my thoughts can't keep up. This causes stress, anxiety, sadness and even the feeling of loneliness. I have created this section in my journal to be a safe place where I can just scribble down whatever is taking over my head, but there is a trick.

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