The “Shadow a Stag” program at Fairfield University is back for the first time since the pandemic began, and the Office of Undergraduate Admission is eagerly looking for student volunteers. 

Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission, Christopher Cahill, helps run the program alongside Maura Sullivan, an admission counselor. Sophomore student Ainsley Corriveau also helps to manage some of the logistics of the program as an intern. 

In essence, the program allows prospective high school seniors to shadow an undergraduate student at Fairfield. Over the course of three hours, those shadowing will travel with their host to class, grab a bite to eat in the Tully Dining Commons, and receive a tour of campus. 

Prospective students can shadow any day of the school week, with the exception of Wednesdays, and can choose a time slot of 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., or 12:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Students can schedule a visit here

Undergraduate students may volunteer as a host by filling out a form on Life@Fairfield by November 18th. 

“The hosts are all volunteers and they love Fairfield and they love showing students around,” says Cahill. 

Currently, the Office of Undergraduate Admission has about 35 volunteers and is looking to recruit more. Upon completion of the inaugural form, students will undergo one logistical training before beginning their time as a host. 

The program is designed to serve as a relatively small time commitment for student volunteers. Hosts will receive an email each week that asks for their availability during the week ahead. Matches will then be made based on the given responses. 

Should they volunteer as a host, Cahill says, “students kind of make their own hours.”

“The only action item on the host’s part is going to be to look out for emails and respond as soon as they can to confirm whether or not they can be on the schedule for a given week,” he continues. 

The program will continue in the Spring as well.

For those interested in working as a tour guide, becoming a senior fellow interviewer, and/or interning at the Office of Undergraduate Admission, Cahill shares that this program is a great way of “getting your foot in the door.” 

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