Do I automatically get accepted into the program?
We have approximately 200 spots in the program. We will accept the first 200 applicants, and then put all further applicants onto a waiting list.
Is it too late for me to apply to FOCUS?
Pre-orientation applications are available on Connection 2017 when the website launches during the first week of May. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and are due June 1, 2013.
Do I get to choose my service theme?
Once you sign up for FOCUS online (through Connection 2017) we’ll send out a questionnaire over the summer that will include your theme preference. We can’t guarantee that you’ll get your first choice, but you’ll be able to rank your choices and we’ll do our best to put you into a group that’s doing service you’re interested in. Seriously, though, they’re all super fun.
Where do I stay during FOCUS?
Groups will be staying together in churches or community centers in the Medford/Somerville/Cambridge area. FOCUS is not a religious affiliated program but we sleep and eat in the churches to create an amazing community of close to 40 students and encourage CRAZY FABULOUS bonding.
What do I eat during FOCUS?
FOCUS leaders will be shopping for food prior to the program and will have enough for three meals a day, snacks, and plenty of water! Groups all cook dinner together and provide some amazing meals thanks to our incredible leaders and support staff. If you have any allergies or are vegetarian/vegan/keep kosher all accommodations can be made.
Do I get to move into my room before the program starts?
Freshmen participating in FOCUS will be given their keys on the first day of the program and have the option of moving their things into their dorms that day. You also have the option of just packing for the program and moving the rest of your stuff into your dorm on the 28th, the day after FOCUS ends, which is the first day of regular orientation and the official first-year move-in day. More details about move-in and other logistics will be sent out to all of the FOCUS participants over the summer.
How will I get to campus for FOCUS?
Planes! Trains! Automobiles! Segways! We’ll send out more details to participants over the summer, but no matter where you’re coming from, we can get you to Tufts. Our AMAZING support staff will be at the South Station bus/train terminal, Logan Airport, and of course on campus to meet participants on Arrival Day. All you have to ask yourselves is “am I ready to handle all of the love and excitement of ARRIVAL DAY!?!?” We have faith in all of you!
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