US Admission Tour Guides
Prospective families visiting BB&N have a wonderful opportunity to view the enthusiasm and energy flowing through the hallways. A palpable sense of community exists here, and students, parents, and faculty are proud to share their experience with future students. From helping with Open House in the fall to staffing Re-Visit Days in the spring, BB&N relies on its dedicated students and parents to communicate the values of the school to prospective families.
The Upper School admission tour guides number close to 200 - nearly half the student body. Led by the Student Admission Board (SAB), the members are eager to connect with prospective students and their families.
It is a testament to their passion for BB&N that our tour guides are not only willing, but consider it an honor, to carve out time from their busy schedules to tour students who are considering BB&N. The tours offer a chance to peek into classrooms and see the arts and athletic facilities, but most importantly to feel the palpable energy and witness first-hand the messy vitality that make up the BB&N experience. The opportunity to interact with a student and learn about BB&N from their perspective is often the most powerful and authentic aspect of a campus visit.
Read on to meet four students from our SAB (Student Admission Board)!
“Giving tour guides is about more than simply introducing a prospective student to the school and showing them the campus. It is about depicting a community and place where the student touring can see himself or herself. Each tour I give is unique, and I ask questions about the student’s interests to focus on the opportunities that would fit them at BB&N. I love giving tours because I love showing perspective students how amazing our school is. Our student body is diverse in passions and I want applicants to know how special that makes our community.”
“I love giving tours because I get to share everything the school has to offer and my personal experiences. It's also exciting to meet prospective students and their families. We try to give an all encompassing preview of BB&N, and I love to show families the dark room, where I've spent a lot of time in photo class! Tours are especially successful when families are engaging and asking questions, which allows tour guides to personalize the tour and focus on specific areas of interest. All of the tour guides also bring their own unique perspective and experiences to tours. We hope that we're successful in conveying all of the opportunities BB&N has to offer and to help them decide if the school is a good fit for them.”
"When I was applying to schools before my freshman year I had absolutely no clue what I wanted in a school. Visiting several ISL schools, I used my tour as a window into life on the various campuses. If I had a bad experience or a bad tour guide you could be sure that it would be reflected in my decision process. At BB&N I received a fantastic tour from an outgoing senior. This tour was the major deciding factor when choosing to come to school, and almost made me feel like I was already a part of the BB&N community. Now, I look at it as my obligation to pay it forward and give as enthusiastic of a tour as I could to applicants. And It really isn't that difficult to rave about BB&N!”
“As tour guides, we get to introduce students to our community and give them a taste of what BB&N is like. My favorite part about being a tour guide is quickly connecting with the student to understand his or her favorite subjects and activities, and then adjusting the tour to show them how BB&N can offer the opportunity to further pursue their interests. At the same time, I tell students that the wide variety of arts, sports, clubs, and academic subjects allows them to try out new activities that they never would've tried."