Experience Stephens is one of the many events that Stephens coordinates for prospective students. During the two-day, one-night event, girls in their junior and senior years of high school travel from all over to visit Stephens’ beautiful campus. Here they receive information about financial aid, their intended majors, living on campus, pet fostering and other areas of interest.
But what is it really like to experience Stephens for the first time?
Check-in began at around 12:45 p.m. with girls and their parents carrying overnight luggage from their cars into Lela Raney Wood Hall. From there, the students and their guests were presented with various sessions from which they could choose to participate in until 6 p.m. There were discussions with Stephens women who had completed amazing internships and traveled abroad, as well as a discussion about becoming an athlete at Stephens. Students also had the option of going on general tours of campus, which also served as preparation for the evening’s activity.
As night fell, the girls said their goodbyes to their departing parents and hello to their overnight hosts. Once paired in their groups, the hosts led prospective students to Roblee Hall which, while being closed this year for renovations, served as their overnight dorms.
After luggage had been dropped off, they were taken on a scavenger hunt. Led by a few hosts, groups were formed and given clues to various locations around campus. Given certain clues, the girls ran their way from Tower to Searcy to Senior Hall to the library. Their hunt led them to the student union where ice cream, card games, foosball, pool and air hockey awaited.
After a long day filled with a great deal of information, the students decided to have an almost-midnight snack of Domino’s pizza. After the pizza was finished and the clock struck 1 a.m., the girls were sent to bed.
The next morning came with a loud awakening by admissions manager Killian Kramer who walked through Roblee, acting as an alarm clock.
Packed and dressed, the girls headed to Stamper for breakfast.
Kirby Smith said that her experience at Stephens was pleasant and that she “really liked seeing all the other girls who were kind of in the same boat,” as well as bonding and having girl-talk over pizza.
For Lucia Sarcone, her favorite part was meeting all the other girls and touring the campus, as she thought that it was really pretty.
Katlyn Grott, an intended fashion communication student, enjoyed checking out the fashion department and “being able to see what I’m aspiring to be.” “I also really liked meeting tons of other girls who were just like me,” she said.
Following breakfast, everyone convened in the Kimball Ballroom where the visiting students met up with their parents. In the ballroom, a student panel was conducted with five students of various interests, backgrounds, jobs, organizational involvement and majors – a perfect sample of the diversity we have at Stephens.
As someone who did not get to “Experience Stephens,” I highly recommend it for inquiring juniors and seniors. It is a fun, information-filled, one-of-a-kind event that just begins to display what Stephens has to offer.
Story by freshman Shelly Romero