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Thanksgiving, Hannukah and another Rhodes Scholar

We would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hannukah. I found this short Time Magazine piece on the five things the two holidays have in common both thoughtful and clever. Nowhere more than on a college campus can one relate with the fifth point – each is a reason to go home!

We college admissions officers do take time off during this long holiday weekend to be with our families and to stuff ourselves silly – don’t you worry. But we’ll also be carrying applications with us as there are plenty of files to read. That’s right, paper files, close to one pound each – we read the old fashioned way. Our goal is to have almost all of our early decision and spring transfer decisions mailed out to applicants before we leave for the Christmas holiday. Early decision applications are up for us this year, giving us more to do than we have in recent memory (we will release numbers when we have an official tally in a few weeks). Thursday will be for eating, Friday for reading. I am not one for the chaos of Black Friday shopping anyway, so this suits me just fine.

If you are curious about your application status, remember you can track it yourself by visiting our Window to Wake Forest page. We notify applicants of decisions by mail only.

Finally, the holidays came early for us here at Wake Forest when James O’Connell, BA 2013 in Politics and International Affairs, was named a Rhodes Scholar. From his work to help establish the LBTGQ Center at Wake Forest to his senior thesis on Al-Qaeda after 9/11, James has done tremendous work both inside and outside of the classroom since coming to Wake Forest from Tampa, FL in 2009. Congratulations, Jim!