As current high school students, you are taught by wonderful teachers every day. You value the relationships you have formed with them as you investigate material and discuss new ideas together. Three of the members of the Admissions Committee were once school teachers. I myself taught for four years at a terrific high school here in North Carolina. Thus understand why, when talking to prospective students about Wake Forest’s commitment to the teacher-scholar model, I often strike a wide smile.
As you explore Wake Forest, I encourage you to read articles from our online “Teaching Spotlights” series and learn just how much our faculty values teaching. Steve Giles, Associate Professor of Communication and Director of Graduate Studies perhaps sums it up best:
The teacher-scholar model is for real. It doesn’t mean we (faculty) always get it right. Like students, we struggle sometimes to meet a variety of demands on our time. But as a value the teacher-scholar model is palpable. The University invests enormous resources into teacher training, initiatives to and programs that foster professor-student relationships, and incentives that promote high quality teaching. I cannot imagine any professor coming to Wake Forest who does not share that value. I equally cannot imagine any professor earning tenure here who does not maintain certain standards for pedagogy. And that is NOT the case at many other Universities.
My first Travel Tuesday while traveling! Thank you to all of the students who spend time with us during our visits. Meeting with you in your schools is truly enjoyable.
This week: United Kingdom; Austin, TX; Nashville, TN; Boston, MA; Cincinatti, OH; Louisville, KY; Tampa, Orlando, and Sarasota, FL; Greenville, SC; Charlotte, Concord, and Fayetteville, NC
Next week: Paris, FR; Brussels, BE; Geneva and Zurich, CH; Miami, FL; New York, NY; Colorado; Memphis, TN; Greensboro and Winston-Salem, NC (visit with students in our hometown? You bet!)
The Wake Forest University News Center this morning released an exciting announcement regarding a new guaranteed admissions program to Wake Forest Medical School:
Wake Forest has opened a new path to medical school — a rigorous Interdisciplinary Humanities Pathway to Medicine Program that offers guaranteed admission to Wake Forest Medical School for up to five undergraduates majoring in the humanities or fine arts.
The program combines Wake Forest’s top-25 undergraduate college with its highly ranked medical school to help widen the lens through which future doctors examine and treat their patients.
Students apply in their sophomore year. They agree to major in history, philosophy or religion; English, a foreign language or classics; or art, theatre, music or dance. They must also minor in interdisciplinary humanities and complete all the prerequisites for admission to Wake Forest medical school.
The rationale? “We need medical practitioners who know the value of listening,” says Tom Phillips, Director of Wake Forest Scholars and the Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities. “So Wake Forest is intentionally looking for undergraduate students who see medicine as a healing art that combines an intimate understanding of human nature in a social context with exceptional science skills.”
I do not know anyone who would not agree. Want to learn more? Visit The Interdisciplinary Humanities Pathway to Medicine Program website for information.
One of the best ways to understand what a school has to offer is to set foot on campus. We want you to visit Wake Forest University and we have several different ways you can do so. You may have received a postcard in the mail encouraging you to register for a Campus Visit, which includes an information session and tour. As Associate Dean Hattie Mukombe explained last week, we also have VISIONS, a program for students curious about diversity at Wake Forest. In November, we will have our Near and Far program for North Carolina students.
But what is Discovery Day?
Our Discovery Days – October 4, 14, 18, 25, and November 11 – are scheduled around holidays or extended college visit weekends. Since you’ll be coming from far and wide (traditionally in large numbers!) we created a program that would fit as much as possible into your visit without having to spend an entire day on campus. In fact, a Discovery Day program is but 30 minutes longer than a traditional information session and tour.
On Discovery Day you will learn about Wake Forest and our unique application process (essays, interviews, test optional, oh my!) as well as be led on a tour of campus by a current student. In addition, you and your family will also have a mock class experience with a Wake Forest professor. You’ll see for yourself what it is like to be in Dr. Jarrod Atchison’s communication class on conspiracy theories, to take a chemistry class with department chair Dr. Christa Colyer, or to learn about Thomas Jefferson with my favorite professor of history Dr. Michele Gillespie. Don’t worry, you won’t have any readings to do beforehand and there won’t be a quiz, but you will walk away with a better idea of what it is like to be a Wake Forest student.
If this sounds like a must for your fall college road trip, visit our Discovery Day website and register soon (space is limited).
We’ll see you in class!
Assistant Dean Jennie Harris ’06
Where we are this week, where we are headed next!
This week: Ecuador; Portland, OR; Seattle and Tacoma, WA; Philadelphia, PA; Columbia, SC; Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Burlington, Fayetteville and Charlotte, NC; Western North Carolina
Next week: United Kingdom; Austin, TX; Nashville, TN; Boston, MA; Cincinatti, OH; Louisville, KY; Tampa, Orlando, and Sarasota, FL; Greenville, SC; Charlotte, Concord, and Fayetteville, NC
From The Forest is a blog maintained by members of the Undergraduate Admissions Committee at Wake Forest University. We look forward to sharing our thoughts with you.