Monday, February 22, 2010

Should you interview for college?

While making my morning rounds on the internet, I came across an article on Twitter posted by My College Guide: To be or not to be: The college interview.

If you're debating on whether or not to schedule a college interview, this article does a great job at convincing you to do so.  It says:

"The college interview process, though often optional,  is a great way for you to get your questions answered, put a face to a name, and explain any bumps in your high school record face to face.  We’ve mentioned before that students who vocalize their desire to attend a particular college increase their college admittance odds – what better way than during a college interview?"

Is that true, I wondered?  Would it really increase your chances of being accepted if you came in for an interview?  To find out, I talked with a few of the admissions counselors to see what they recommend.  I asked:  If I apply to Simmons, would it help me if I went in for an interview?

Their answer?  DEFINITELY!

Every single counselor suggested applicants should stop by for an interview because the more they know about you, the better.  They explained their interviews are very informal, and more of a "get-to-know-you" information session, rather than the official job type of interview.

Ashley, a counselor who has been interviewing students for about three years, says coming for an interview really strengthens your application and gives her a sense of your passion and enthusiasm for college - something, she says, she can't tell from a piece of paper.

Cheri, another counselor, says an interview is the best way for an applicant to shine and stand out from the others.  And, if you haven't already, now is the perfect time to schedule a one-on-one.

By the way, the article mentions that some college's might not always have the time to interview every applicant.  But counselors are ALWAYS available to meet with you... because they want to!  And if you can't make it to Boston, ask if they'll be in your area because sometimes they'll even come to you.

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