After my winter break marathon of eight college applications, I feel as though a huge boulder has been lifted off my back. One thing I learned during this process: the best essays aren't written at the last minute. Don't do it.
It's almost Thanksgiving. Are you one of the scores of students who has already turned in an early college application? If yes, good for you. Even if you haven't, it's time to begin thinking about college admissions interviews.
If your application is in, and the college hasn't called to schedule an interview, should you worry?The answer here is no. Most colleges don't require interviews, and those that do are very good about contacting you to schedule them.
Some colleges -- especially smaller, liberal arts schools -- even offer students an opportunity to do an on-campus interview, usually with an admissions officer or current student. If you happen to be at a college that offers this option, take them up on it!
Maybe I shouldn't have joked that I wanted to be an actuary partly because I heard it was a great career for people who didn't consider themselves too social. Had I pronounced Anna Karenina right? Had I shown my love for Yale clearly enough?
Colleges focus on grades and test scores, of course, but you are more than just a number -- your essays, recommendations, and extracurricular activities give them a glimpse of who you are. And then there's the interview.
I've been conducting Harvard interviews for many years. What do I look for? Qualities that are hard to spot on admissions applications, but ones that scream out during probing conversation: passion, intellect, curiosity and mettle.