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everybody. My name's Garrett Higgins. I'm a sophomore, and this is why I think you should go to U V. M. But when I toured campus, I was a junior, So this was the first time I had been to Burlington. Just seeing Lake Champlain kind of in the background from the top of the hill where UVM sits, was a really cool site. And then you looked the other direction, and you see camels home, one of Vermont's biggest mountains was pretty cool. That was one of the things I love the most campus with all the green space. We have four different campuses, two of them being entirely residential central campus, where most of our classroom buildings and library a couple of our dining halls are in the student center. And then we have another, um, campus called athletic, which is where all of our gyms and the fields and there's a couple more residential areas over there, so altogether, it, if you're walking from the furthest end of one side of campus all the way to the other, will probably take you about 20 minutes. So you're never walking any more than that on campus. But we do have girdles and different things like that to get you from one place to the other that you being. We have different residential communities and you get to pick them when you first come to campus. And they generally center around one common interest that the students might have. Yeah, there's a lot of opportunity to engage in any kind of part time job in the Burlington area as well as research on campus. You GM is a research university, so all of their professors are actually required to be engaged in some form of research. This is really great for undergraduate students because that means there's a lot of opportunity to be involved in different kinds of research. It's a bit of a bummer just because of the times that we find ourself in that we can't be on campus for you guys toe tour the campus and to see everything that you GM has to offer. One thing that stands out to me most about the students is kind of a general idea that, like, no matter who you are kind of like where you've come from, what you're doing here on campus, that's okay, and that's that's good. That kind of general consensus that there's no judgment around who you are is a really big part of the student experience at UVM. I hope that when you come to you, B m, you'd be able to see that students in the learning community have an opportunity to Emerson uneducated inal theme that really gives them a deeper understanding of specific pursuits within the university and maybe even really general pursuits to be able to move forward and do something without someone say, you really need to do this more than self conviction of I really want to do this. It's just, um I think it's a group of people who are somewhat like minded to all kind of are interested in the same topic. But I think it provides them like starting point, engaged in friendship and community. I think it's like a good ice breaker. They really get you going in the college path, exposing students to new ideas, new concepts and really helping ground them within a university community and giving them a starting point from where they can grow. Good day, everybody. My name is Ryan Hargraves, and I am the director of admissions at the University of Vermont. Otherwise known as you ve m and I'm here today have been in the admissions business for almost 20 years. So what I prepared for your day is a list of five tips these air five tips that I think will help you ultimately guide your college application process and the 1st 1 And there's actually a couple knows in this process not, you know, but rather K n o W. Right. The 1st 1 is to know yourself, and I think you are going to be the most important driver in all of your decisions moving forward. So as you think about yourself, I want you to ask yourself this very big question. Why? Why am I applying to this university forthis college? And ultimately you want to think about those things that are personal to you in your decision making? Is it the academic programs, research opportunities? Are you looking for a certain culture around study abroad or philanthropy or athletics? Is location important to you? Is this sizing institution important? And while it's important for you to think about the perspective that folks who know you well have your family, your peers, the folks who you work with, your school, your counselor, your teacher. Perhaps. You know your coaches, their input is extremely valuable. But ultimately you have to be the one driving this decision. I want you to really think about what will ultimately lead on your list. Now, for most students 6 to 8 schools, it will be a nice number. Perhaps you will apply to a few more based on your interest. But I really want you to think while I want you to hone your list, I want you to call your list. Ultimately, that final list of schools to which you apply has to have some breath, particularly Brett with regard to profile and so activity. So if you're only applying to schools that have single digit admit rates, you may want to think about that places. It has single digit rates. You think about it. Even the most exceptional candidates aren't shoo ins for admission. So I want you to apply to atleast two or three schools where, by your profile will dictate that you are a virtual slam dunk in the admissions process, and then otherwise, you reach for the stars. So So tip number three. So you know your self. You know your options. I want you to know knoow actually 1/3 kow. I want you to know the process, right? So as you figure out Okay, here's my list of schools to which I'm gonna apply. Am I going to apply early? You know, one of the trends in higher education is more more students in the last decade or so have chosen an early option early action, early decision. And I want you to think about the implications of being an early applicant, particularly early decision applicant, whereby you are virtually signing a contract saying that if you are admitted that you will in fact and roll and you may not have benefit of your financial aid statement, So so think about that. But when you are applying to schools, a lot of your peers may be applying early. I don't feel like you have to, like, apply early. Don't feel like you have to give in to that pressure because, quite frankly, you may be a better applicant applying regular decision, and if your regular Decision applicant, for example, the admissions committee. We'll be able to take into account your first semester senior your grades and so if you got off to a little bit of, ah, slow start in high school, but you're really doing well now. And that that said, upgrade your first semester. That could be a tipping point for you. So I want you to think about that and have a good, honest conversation with your college council about timing your application and really knowing the process. So I think we're the most important points as you formulate your college essays is because it's your voice. I want you to use your words, your language, your phrases and not borrow from a source. I don't want you to get over taken by what I've referred to as the Toronto Saurus Rex, right? And so you know the words cataclysmic or negatory or obstreperous, like they sound great, but if you've never used them, you never spoken them. You've never written them. You're not familiar with them. This is not a good time to experiment with your vocabulary. And, quite frankly, colleges, college admission committees aren't looking for you to be the next Faulkner or Maya Angelou or Amy Tan, but really to be able to express your unique voice. And that's why I want you to stick with your words your language, because that'll give you the best chance to be authentic and make a connection with the admissions committee. So so Tip number five is actually related to a process that is not necessarily the admissions process is up a corollary to the next financial aid. I want you to really understand the process. No, the deadlines. And also make sure you're on the same page with the folks who ultimately will help you find your education. So you know when you think about financial aid, many schools, if not all schools used the FAFSA, particularly those who will be offering federal student aid and then they'll offer other forms. There's the CSS profile. There is on varying levels, their institutional forms that you'll have to fill out. But think even more broadly than that. I want you to think outside the box. Are there opportunities for scholarships grants in your community at your school or even beyond, So quick search or registration on fastweb dot com will help you find and filter opportunities that may be available to help you fund your college education application vehicles, start the ignition Common application or perhaps a coalition. Think fit. Perhaps call your list Won't tell you which schools to reply. I plead the fifth. Please give yourself time to think you'll be so much less stress you'll be tickled pink on the s s a y I can lie. Don't even try to be another girl or being of the guy into that own self be true expository salient statement about you Think big. Think small for 1000 college you can A part of the mall is your personal statement. No more, no less. Never find abatement. Dig deep. Find your greatness. While you're worried about your studies and all life's norms, don't forget to complete your financial aid forms. There's a thefts up the profile the C S s find out from schools on your list. Which ones are the best When you admission? Let us come rolling in. Now it's time for some visiting on campus, perhaps a tour online. Make sure fit is what you get before you sign the bottom line application process. Don't be stressed. Put your best foot forward. Take a few deep breaths and don't worry about the rescue party passed the test. Congratulations on getting this far in the process. Good luck, everyone. And I'm out. Only thing that would make it better is like one of those chickens from the aggro house Hi, I'm Sabrina. I'm in English and anthropology. Double Major from Connecticut. Hi, I'm Walter. I am a couple of communication major from Brooklyn, New York. This is the leadership and social change community and Harris Millis. So for me, I knew right away that I wanted to be a part of leadership. It's something that I was always passionate about in high school. And so I really wanted to continue that on when I got here. And honestly, it worked out for the best I got sent me. Sabrina and I also just found so many more people that I could really bond with connected over leadership, but also over our passion for local community organizations. Yeah, learning communities are really great way to bring community involvement into the dorms. Uh, a lot of times, it's very easy to fall into a trap of you staying in your dorm room, and you don't interact with your neighbors. And it's difficult to make friends that way. And the learning community host events and classes that really forced you to come out of your show. And it's really great way to get involved and make friends. We teach the leadership in social change, one credit seminar, and that is a really great space for first years coming in to understand what is college life like as well as what are some ways that they could get involved and feel connected to you so way meet once a week, and we also bring in special guests to come in and talk about little organizations as well as just how to find support on campus. Yeah, so we are currently entering Week five, and we spend the 1st 5 weeks completely dedicated to how to establish connections on campus, how to get involved in the community and how to take care of yourself. Now that you're living away from home, I think is a really good class for first years. This is our room. One thing I really like about the spaces that it feels very personal. I slipped down so thrift store rugs and it actually really helps with the echo on it made it feel very homey and colorful. I think overall, it's important as a student when you're on such a big campus to really center yourself. And so one thing that's really great about having this room is just to make sure that you have your own space, where you can just be calm, reflect study, do work stuff back like that, friends over where we can just really decompress about our days. Figure out what we want to do, something that so right now we're in the amphitheatre, which is right outside hair. Smell us. It is a great spot to study and pay. Now I come here during the day before the sun sets to do some homework. Um, it is right next to the skinny pancake and the marsh A, which are some good restaurants on campus, and additionally, it's really close to central campus. So if you're running late in the morning, you don't have to worry about being late to class. As a person who regularly is running late to my A EMS, it does work out that I'm this close to central campus, but overall it's just really nice. There are a lot of teachers will actually bring their classes out here. I think I would tell incoming students that all of their worries concerns are valid, but I also understand that they're not going to be the permanent way. It is hard in the beginning to put yourself out there. But as you continue doing it as you continue to be pushed out of your comfort zone, whether in your learning community or in the classroom you will find community. You will find comfort. wait. I've seen the demographic of customers change considerably over the last. This is our 19 year. Now we have a lot of B M students come down or super enthusiastic. Yeah, that's amazing. Hi, everyone. I'm Julian, not an Agora. I'm a senior here. Do VM. I'm from Belmar, New Jersey, right on the Jersey Shore. But I came to UVM because I was really passionate about the environment and I knew this would be a great place to study it. So I'm an environmental studies major in the College of Arts and Sciences. But you can find that major, which is one of the biggest here UVM in three different colleges. Cows, which is the College of Agriculture Life Sciences, has called Russian Sciences and the Rubinstein School on the environment and natural Resources. Right now we're standing in Centennial Woods, which is one only one of you PM's many natural areas. So right here. I actually was just here a couple weeks ago, teaching a lab as a teacher's assistant for N. V. S. 001 intro to environmental studies in which I got to take a bunch of underclassmen around this forest and talk about the history of the landscape, um, and how people change the landscape in what the invisible factors in the invisible present art. And so it's really special. At UVM, we have these spaces to not just learn in the classroom, but also outside the classroom on DDE. That was really important for me as I'm a real hands on learner. So right now I'm standing in Centennial Woods next to this sugar maple tree, which is Vermont state trade. This is only one of about a dozen natural areas that UVM owns, and you can come here just kind of on your own time. But also, as a student, I've utilized the space in many different classes. So a couple of weeks ago, I'm a teacher's assistant for intro to environmental studies, and I brought a bunch of students out here to learn about, um, how you can see FINA logical changes and also how changes in the landscape are perpetuated by human resource use. Eso This actually used to be farmland, but now it's new growth forest. Andi could actually see signs of that in different places, and that was really important to me coming to UVM because I'm a hands on learner and I love being in the classroom and learning about theory. But it's also just great to get outside and learn from it at the same time as an environmental studies, Major, Um, you have to do a final project of some sort. It could be a thesis, a capstone or kind of course sequence of 200 level courses. I'm also a member of the honors college, so I'm doing a thesis. A thesis is kind of a passion project within your major in which you get to work pretty intimately with a faculty member to either do an experiment or a literature of you, something that you're interested in answering some question about. So for me, I'm really fortunate I got to partner with the New Jersey State Parks to help them understand how New Jersey and perceive our national public spaces and how we can bring more cultural and racial diversity to park visitor ship. So I conducted a bunch of interviews. I collected a bunch of surveys throughout this summer on Basically, it's a yearlong process on. Then you defend your thesis with three committee members who are faculty members from various departments. Hello, my name is Mariah. I'm from Stratford, Connecticut, and I'm currently studying wildlife and fisheries biology and the Rubinstein School for the Environment and Natural Resource is here at B M. Actually came into u B M already knowing I wanted to study while by biology definitely one of the unique few that knows what they want to study coming in college. But actually, all throughout high school, I got the opportunity to work at a local zoo on we did a lot of conservation initiatives, actually got to form close relationships with zookeepers and some of the animals that were part of their collection and having the opportunity to just work so closely with staff and really get to learn about so many environmental issues that endangered species are facing. It made me decide that I wanted devote the rest of my life and my career to doing whatever I could in the name of conservation and helping the species survive out in the wild. Just like I was seeing all of my friends who I made. There's leaves you stop, do with their career paths. Uh, so this building here is actually lead bottom. Certified lead stands for leadership and energy and environmental design, and it basically is a scale on how sustainably built a building is. Hotting up is the highest certification on that scale, so it just shows 18 Center's commitment. Bert Sustainability and the environment. All the wood paneling in this building was actually sustainably harvested from the get go research for us. The floor in the solarium is made up of crushed, recycled glass and plastic water bottles. Boulders here were collected from the original construction site for this building and opens and then placed here around to create this beautiful room that we're currently all of the plants here are not native to room on. What is really cool is there is no internal cooling that happens to maintain the constant temperature they need to survive. The window's actually have very sensitive sensors, which will open or close accordingly to make sure this room stays at a constant temperature. All incoming first year students into Rubinstein actually required to take a first year class title of natural history and human ecology, otherwise known as on our one. And it has to be one of my favorite classes. I take it in my time here at UVM, so far, so at our one, even though it's the whole room unseen first year class, that was around 100 and 60 of us my incoming year. Uh, It's a large lecture where you get to learn about all areas of the environment, so you touch upon a little bit of environmental science. It's environmental studies. You have to memorize a couple of tree species and you have to talk about my track it. But what's great is outside of that lecture portion of the class. You have a smaller lab group, which you meet, what, once a week and for four hours that week, you are going toe all different areas of Vermont to take what you've been learning and lecture and apply it out into the field. Just some of my favorite labs that I love to highlight. Where our trip on the Dallas IRA, our research vessel, where we got to go out on Lake Champlain and Kurt, collect vital points and samples and talk about how harmful algae blooms could potentially decimate lake ecosystems. We also got to take the gondola up Mount Mansfield and then take the rest of the way up to the top of the peak. And as we're doing that we were talking about how about in vegetation changes as you increase in about elevation? But I have to say My favorite lob of all was when we were talking about small businesses and fisheries for that week. So we went to a local fishery on the Champlain Islands for the first portion of the class, and then we went to a local orchard. Also located on the islands were Ray and Pam. The farmer and his wife took us out into the orchard, where we got thio, talk about his production, actually collect some apples from his orchard, and then Pan made us apple pie and gave us maple cream ease and let us go in with their donkey. And it was just such a great wholesome lab. I'm definitely going to remember that after my time here, you bm is finished. And I love that that very first semester I was here, I was already able to get my hands dirty, get to actually experience what it means to get a career in the environmental field. I'm glad that all first year we were using students get that opportunity able to work with, was a fantastic experience and really made me wanted to vote the rest of my life to studying the environment and doing anything I can in the name of conservation. And Rubinstein just seemed like the perfect place to accomplish that goal. Because as one of the smallest colleges in the University of Vermont, I really loved that I was able to get that close knit family feel in my home college, while also getting all the resource is of a larger of research based institution, that is, and the reason why I finally hit to come and study here at UVM was I came back after I got accepted for an in with Students Day and just going on another tour of campus, seeing all the students enthusiasm for the news perspective students. And that very same day, I was actually able to meet with the head of the wildlife and fisheries biology department within the Reuben since school and seeing how he was answering all my questions and calming me down from all my fears of upcoming college, he just was prioritising all of my concerns, and I was thinking, Wow, I'm not even committed. I'm not even a student of your B m. I'm being treated so more like I didn't see a space for myself here on. Definitely, there is a space for me here, and I'm glad that decision. So right now we're in the Rubinstein Steward's office, and I personally am one of the Rubinstein stewards. So the stewards are a group of undergraduate students which are basically here to serve the undergraduate population of Rubinstein. Have you have any questions concerning our core curriculum organizing your schedule for next semester? If you're looking for an internship or career or you have one in mind and you want someone to review your resume or your cover letter and are just a little daunted by presenting that cover letter and resume to your professor, your academic advisor, our office is always open and you can come in and have one of our undergraduate students help you any way we can. We have weekly office hours for all of our stewards, and we love having drop ins, and we're basically just here to cater to our regency and population. And I really love being able to have that leadership role and provide support for other students who are going through some of the same experiences I am. When it comes to academic advising, first year Rubinstein students are given a first year advisor on. They're able to get a really close relationship with that advisor through one of our core classes on our six race and culture where you're meeting once a week. Thio talk about big topics of race and culture in environmental sector. But then you're branching out from that big lecture class to actually meet in a small course with your academic advisor as the professor and around 20 or so other students who also have the same academic advisor for the year. So it's a great way to really form personal relationships with those other first year Rubinstein students and your academic advisor moving forward. After that first preliminary year, you are given an academic advisor in your career field. So, for example, since I'm a wildlife and fisheries biology major, my advisor is actually the head of our department, and that's been really great for me because he knows so much more about my major and so much more about careers in the wildlife sector. Then I could ever find out by just looking online, and he's been able to give me so much support when it comes to fighting internships, getting credit for those internships pursuing a minor outside of the Rubinstein school and kind of just getting a bigger feel for what my area of study is, and I'm very thankful for having him there. And then I also have another adviser who is in the dean's office in Rubinstein, tied to a grant that actually got through the college. And she's more of like my life advisor. I'll go into her office and be like Marie, I just need to take a break. I just need to talk through some things and she's always there to give me a warm mug of tea. Hey, folks, Right. It is fried. And I've seen your hearing you be up packed up. Is that a 77 grand from City? Really? Have you ever wondered what it's like? You You're gonna find out what is my favorite place on campus is beauty of Gerry about this list that actually source all of our very from our very own dairy barn through the Queen program. I'm about to get the people ice cream, so check it out. Scatter around. You be a skeptic. Really awesome coffee shops. My favorite is right behind the campus. Hurts Just got a good luck charm. It's about lunchtime here as you were when I decided to stop by my favorite dining hall. Can't this got some food? Was checking out. Thank you. Walking prize. Definitely one of my favorite things about the night that causes that. No matter what I refer, haven't aptitude for it. I can come in and expect to do something really good. So I just finished eating our next little waffle fries about to get a burger, maybe a salad or went about hot meals that they have prepared. I could always come into a diamond all about that. I'm gonna eat food and leave feeling really happy. So we checked out two at 17 different restaurants or retail locations here in campus early one out of the four dining halls that we have here. And that means that there's so much more to explore in terms of really good food options on campus. But it also means that I have to give him rating of food here. And if I have to be honest, I give you the Emma beat months now because it's not good enough to get an A for food. But because I'm Dominican, my mom cooks all the food at home. My mom cooks really good through that home and if I have to choose mom's food over anything else. But if you want to learn more about the food experience on campus, but also what our off campus options would like to just make sure to follow you the on campus really find out more.