A slightly soggy Saturday didn’t deter a large number of students – mostly high school juniors – and their families from attending Spring Open House at Warren Wilson College.
The day began in the Warren Wilson College Chapel, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, where President Steve Solnick emphasized the real value of a liberal arts education at a stellar school.
“A college education is not a product; it’s an investment in yourself for a whole lifetime,” he said, noting that Warren Wilson is the country’s only national liberal arts college with integrated work and service programs.
Later, a panel of Warren Wilson students discussed, in addition to the College’s strong academic programs, how “work makes a world of difference at Warren Wilson” and how “I learned about me through service.” Each of them shared heartfelt stories about how meaningful the Warren Wilson College Triad of academics, work and service has been to them during their years at the College.
From there visiting students and their families fanned out across campus on guided tours that stayed fairly dry, then attended an academic program fair before lunch in Gladfelter Student Center. The afternoon was action packed, with sessions on the Triad and financial aid following by ever-popular Wilson Samplers and the campus Green Walkabout for those who opted to participate.
“Our first Junior Open House was a wonderful success,” said Dawn Medley, Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing. “The Triad shined and we were thrilled to share with our guests the story that is Warren Wilson College.”