The recruiting season is in full swing and I just arrived home after a week on the road! I was on the east coast doing panels and saw over 400 eager students interested in the Law School. I started the weekend in Pennsylvania, spending it in Hershey, PA visiting friends (a bonus that comes with the travel!). I had a lot of fun and was able to catch the Hershey Bears home opener, very popular in this part of Pennsylvania. They in was back to business and arrived in Philadelphia Monday for meetings regarding our new "paperless" process and we were working on the process for reviewing applications (which will start the end of November).
Tuesday was the start of 7 panels over the next 3 days in 3 states. We started with Bryn Mawr/Haverford and Swarthmore and returned to Philadelphia for the night. The next day involved some travel karma. There was a 12:15 panel at the University of Pennsylvania and a quick trip to the train station to catch a 2:00 train to Princeton. I am happy to report there were no delays and we arrived with plenty of time to stop by the Princeton bookstore before the 4:30 panel. Then a car was waiting to pick us up and take us to NYC for the night. Arriving after 8:00 in the city, we decided to just to grab dinner across the street from our hotel in Times Square. It was a great Italian restaurant and a funny thing happened at the restaurant. I was eating with a couple of the other panelists and a young man came up to us and said he had just seen the panel at another school in the Midwest a week or so ago! He just had to say hello and say how helpful our presentation was. It kind of made us feel like rock stars!
We were over half way done with the week on Thursday but had 3 panels starting at 1:00 at Yeshiva University with students from NYU, Columbia and Barnard who were also invited. Like I said a nice thing about the travel is seeing friends along the way. I have a dear friend, Beth, who lives in the city and is about to have a baby! (we have been friends since we were 6). She kindly agreed to drive us to the first panel because she wanted to stay and watch it! It was so nice of her and it was fun to have her see it. Then it was back to Times Square because we had two late afternoon panels at White & Case. White & Case so graciously agreed to host the panels for those prospective students not on a college campus and most likely working in NYC. These have been tremendously successful and we had over 200 people in attendance. We were done around 7:30 pm and then I got to go to dinner with friends, including our driver Beth (she again picked me up which is so nice given all the traffic)! I have to say doing three panels in one day was a bit exhausting but a lot fun! I hope the people who attended enjoyed them.
Friday was a travel day. I was able to take a walk in Central Park before my flight. The weather caused a little delay but I finally made it home. I am happy to be home for a week. Time to get some laundry done, head to the dry cleaners and sort through all the mail. It it is catalog time so the stacks are high! One more recruiting week starting November 6.