Today I had a colleague, who works directly with early inquiries (freshmen and sophomores), forward the following e-mail message from a prospective student:
Thank you for your interest in my education. At this point in time, narrowing down my choices has grown to be incredibly difficult. One aspect about me is that I love free gifts. Free clothes are of course my favorite gifts! I always wear adult small sizes, whether it is t-shirts, hoodies, or even sweatpants. Fortunately, free t-shirts benefit everyone! While i receive a gift I love, you would be blessed with free advertisement and grow exceedingly closer to my top pick of education. I look forward to learning more about your fine facility, while advertising it.”
Now, while could one become indignant about this note, why?
I find myself quite amused by this note. Isn’t this a great example of a student turning the tables on us?
Seriously, I want to offer this kid admission (first) and a scholarship (afterward) for creativity!
I think this is a perfect illustration of the ongoing commercialization of higher ed.
For those who read this, answer these questions for me:
Do you think this is just a punk ploy to get some gear?
Do you think I should respond to the student and send the student a hoody?
Do you think it I should negotiate with the student? For example, create some ground rules for wearing the apparel?
Should I use this a case study?
Is this request any different from all of the requests the office receives from every high school and after prom program?
I really feel like this student is giving me a taste of my own medicine.