FEBRUARY 2019

March is upon us and that means Spring Break visits then yield season! The Render team is wishing you luck on what is sure to be a busy next couple of months. When you have a moment or need a break, we have rounded up what we have been reading, watching, and experiencing this month. Check it out below. 

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We do not learn by experience, but by our capacity for experience.
— Buddha

READING

The Helicopter Parent Descends on College Football

We’ve been pondering the role of parents on tour these days. They feel ignored. They feel under appreciated. They feel unrecognized. This new trend of parents posing in their child’s college signing day photos is proof. You heard it here first: you need to start including parents in the conversation again. 

Zero Hour for Gen X: How the Last Adult Generation Can Save America from Millennials

What would happen if GenerationX came together to fight again Boomer narcissism and Millennial entitlement? This new book discusses how GenerationX can help save America as the “last adult generation.”


WATCHING

Chef’s Table - Grant Achatz

“Rules. There are no rules. Do whatever you want.”

Grant Achatz, chef at Alinea, is the epitome of drawing inspiration from outside your field. His curiosity leads him to thinking outside the plate and breaking down elements to their most basic form and seeing them in a different light. To him, the most important part of a guest’s experience is the “aha” moment, one where they feel like they’ve discovered something. The experience of Alinea is changing your perception of eating. What part of your visit changes perceptions or feels like a discovery?

Liberated is a coming-of-age documentary on today’s young adult hookup culture. Following the journey of college students on Spring Break, the film provides insight into attitudes and behaviors regarding sex, the normalization of sexual violation, and the struggle against conceptions of gender and sexuality shaped by the media. In a world where families are obsessed with safety, this documentary is sure to stoke fear. 


EXPERIENCING

We’ve been preaching for years that housing (as part of a conversation on safety) has become one of the most important aspects a family’s campus visit experience. Have you seen the new apps that help students start planning how to decorate their residence hall rooms? If you’re not showing a real student room on tour, you need to consider how obsessed families are with this part of the experience. 

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