The Echo sits down with new student admissions employees

A defining moments of one’s college search is that of the campus tour. The Echo recently had the opportunity to take a peek behind the curtain of the admissions job process. 

Georgia Dettmann `22 and Alec Potts `22 both recently began working for admissions, Dettmann as an Admissions Fellow and Potts as an Admissions Intern. Dettmann was motivated by her own experience with the Admissions Office when she toured the College as a prospective student.  

 “My tour at Colby was really great,” Dettmann recalled. “My tour guide was really informative and I remember looking at him and thinking, ‘wow, I just want to be that passionate about my institution’ and I’m really happy that I am now.”

Now official employees of the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, department, Dettmann and Potts are excited by the opportunity to impact prospective students in the same way they themselves were impacted two years ago. 

“I want to be able to show someone how much I appreciate the school and I want them to be able to look back on their time here and know that it was well spent, whether they end up coming here or not, because Colby has a lot to offer and it’s really important that we spread all of those amazing things to prospective students,” Dettmann said. “I really like being able to connect with the prospective students and learn about their interests.” 

Although both Dettmann and Potts enjoy their new job, the training process was intensive. According to Potts, they had to participate in a five- hour orientation, shadow tours, and work at the front desk of the Admissions Office. Dettman expanded on her orientation experience and its time commitment.  

“[Training was] busy and time consuming but definitely worth it because it takes a lot of preparation and effort [to work in admissions] so, while it is time consuming, I definitely understand the whole process and I appreciate it.”

Besides the time commitment, however, the students are grateful for the opportunity to represent the College with pride. 

“I joined admissions because I feel like Colby is such an amazing school,” Potts said. “I’ve had such an amazing experience here and I wanted to share that with other people.”