LMU tour guides have seen it all, from high-achieving prospective students to those who are just here to climb the trees. The job entails marketing and people-pleasing, but is well-loved among the students who lead tours.
Riley McCoy, a sophomore political science and economics double major, said guiding tours is “the best job on the planet. You just get to talk to people and make connections with them, and try to show them a place that they can potentially see as their home one day.”
She loves the role she gets to play in students’ college decisions, especially when they end up choosing LMU.
The job can be a humorous one. Amelia Comer, sophomore theatre arts and psychology double major and tour guide, shared her most notable experiences.
Once, a student casually mentioned during a tour that she “wants to dissect” one of the bunnies in the freshman area. She continued to inquire about LMU’s dissection process, including which animals are involved.
More than once Comer has been asked by a prospective student if they can climb the trees. Some even ask about carpet colors inside the dorms.
One time a student inquired about what major she should apply for to quickly reach her dream job: a CEO. “I don’t want to do the other jobs. Just be a CEO,” she told Comer.
Some families believe tour guides have a say in admissions, which Comer and McCoy both assure is false.
Those leading tours are taught to know LMU in and out. They are trained to be honest, but not negative when sharing school information. As a rule of thumb, Comer said they “try to make [LMU] sound really fun and delightful.” These are some interesting facts commonly shared on tours:
- University Hall was not previously home to a hangar. It was headquarters for the Howard Hughes and Raytheon corporation. If the building is flipped vertically, it would be 73 stories high.
- LMU legend has it that underneath campus lies tunnels that only graduating seniors are allowed to access.
- According to Comer, the Life Sciences Building generates 20 percent of the campus’ energy through its solar panels.
- Students are thrown into Foley Fountain by friends at midnight on their first birthday on campus.
- Rains Hall is believed to be haunted, and in the Del Reys you can allegedly hear footsteps at night. One history class at LMU is even diving into this topic, according to Comer.
- Dominos accepts the LMU meal plan upon request and several nearby locations accept LMU Flexi Dollars.
Tours are a fun (or funny) time for everyone involved. If you are interested in learning more about LMU, consider tagging along. If not, wave hello to the tour guides you pass. They love it.