Story by Morgan Gstalter
Ninety admitted students from the Chicago area spent the night in residence halls March 2-3 to see what life was like on Drake University’s campus.
Two buses full of prospective students braved the snow to drive the over 330 miles.
While there were some difficulties with some lost luggage and delays, the students arrived safely to enjoy a entertaining weekend with current Drake students.
Drake Admissions Counselor Lilianna Bernstein said, “It’s a great chance for them to come and see life at Drake for our students. From year to year, it can change, but we usually hold a 50 percent yield, sometimes more, of students from this program that fall in love with Drake.”
Associate Director of Admissions Deneen Dygert said, “This program has gone on for well over 20 years.”
Students ate at Champps in Jordan Creek Town Center and sat in for the Student Activities Board program with mentalist Sean Bott in Sussman Theater before spending the night with their respective hosts.
First-year London Koehn brought her prospective student to Drake Diner for some late-night snacks with friends.
She said, “I’m really glad I got to do it. It made me closer to other students at Drake who were also given the same opportunity, and it made me realize how much I love it here at Drake.”