Summer is one of my favorite times of year in the Admissions Office. Although it is the end in a lot of ways (the end of the school year, the end of the fiscal year, the end of a recruiting cycle), it also marks a big beginning for approximately 600 new students.

During the summer months, each of our new students take their turn at coming on campus for an orientation day called “Genesis,” kicking off the official start to their journey here at George Fox. The event is intentionally formatted to get them excited about student life, spiritual life and academics. They meet with a professor and plan out a schedule for their first year. Some may meet their future roommate, or at the very least, a new friend. In fact, I can vividly remember the feelings I had walking on to campus for my Genesis event. I remember the friends I met and the professor who taught me how to register for classes. I remember the anticipation and expectation for what was to come. And because of this, each morning that I greet new students to their own Genesis, I can almost tangibly feel the nerves and excitement radiate from behind their smiles. I can’t think of anything better than getting to be the one to smile back at them and help put them at ease by saying, “Welcome to the George Fox community. We are so glad that you are here.”

With that, parents and students alike, take a deep breath and dive headfirst into all of the changes ahead. It is bittersweet for us in Admissions as we tie up loose ends with these families that we have gotten to know so well over the past year, but we are filled with expectation because we so deeply believe in the transformation that takes place when you join the George Fox University family.

Mandee (Spotts) Wilmot '08
Undergraduate Admissions Counselor
George Fox University