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How to Ace the Alumni Interview

Posted by Neal Schwartz on October 18, 2021

How to Ace the Alumni Interview

 

For college applicants, the fall of senior year is a time to be alert. Just because the applications might be ready or already sent doesn’t mean it’s time to relax just yet. During the fall is when certain students might be taking part in alumni interviews. Here’s everything you need to know about the alumni interview and some tips for how to make the best impression.

 

What is the alumni interview?

 The alumni interview is offered to certain applicants as a chance for the college and alumni to get to know the student better. Not every student will receive an alumni interview, however. While not receiving an alumni interview is not necessarily a bad thing, the interview can only help your chances of getting admitted. To increase the probability of getting an interview, students should consider applying Early Decision or Early Action.

The alumni interview is a little bit like a job interview. It’s a chance for the interviewer to see how the student could fit in with the school, and how well the school adapts to the student’s wants and needs. By asking a series of questions from academic to personal, the alumni gets to know the information that is not necessarily obvious from the application. This is the chance for the student to have their voice heard and personality shine. Here’s how to ace it.

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Topics: college preparation, college admissions, early decision, early action, early decision 2, college counseling, high school senior, high school junior, alumni interview, admissions interview

Does Test Optional Really mean Test Optional?

Posted by Neal Schwartz on September 25, 2021

does "test-optional" really mean test-optional?

 

While standardized testing has been one of the major determinants of college admission for years, the pandemic has changed all of that.…or has it? Following waves of colleges adopting test-optional policies, competition seems tighter than ever. But how is that so? Isn’t the purpose of test-optional to give a greater opportunity to students that didn’t get a chance to take the SAT or ACT or for whom the pandemic greatly impacted their academic performance?

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Topics: college preparation, college admissions, early action, college counseling, high school senior, high school junior, test optional

Will this year's College Admissions be any different?

Posted by Neal Schwartz on September 09, 2021

Following the toughest admissions year on record, will it be different this year?

 

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Topics: college preparation, college admissions, early decision, early action, early decision 2, college counseling, high school senior, high school junior, test optional, college lists, recommendations

Top Colleges Want Curious Students: Here's 6 Ideas to Spark Curiosity

Posted by Neal Schwartz on August 25, 2021

6 Ideas to spark curiosity

 

Applying for college is a very existential experience. It demands students to ask themselves the following questions: “How am I special?”; “How will I change the world?”; “What am I meant to do with my life?”. While the answers to these questions can be daunting for anyone, let alone a teenager, there is one common factor that all colleges seem to be looking for in prospective students: curiosity.

But for many students, curiosity is difficult to make concrete. Yes, you might be curious about outer space or curious about a certain upcoming film, but how can you translate this curiosity into something marketable for colleges? Or what happens if you’re just not curious? There are plenty of students that have yet to pinpoint that point of entry, and that’s totally okay. Here are some ways to identify and spark curiosity for students who are stuck.

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Topics: college preparation, college admissions, college counseling, high school senior, high school junior, Coursera, Ted.com

Choosing the right extracurriculars

Posted by Neal Schwartz on July 14, 2021

A post-pandemic approach to choosing the right extracurriculars

 

When building a college profile, it’s important for students to have well-chosen extracurricular activities. Besides being a good student, college admissions officers care about what students are doing in their free time and outside of the classroom, which shows where their real interests lie. But this year, student athletes, dancers and performers are just some of the groups that were all hit hard during the pandemic when everything was suddenly cancelled.

Now that the world seems to be opening up again, students and parents feel a strong need to make up for lost time and to sign up for everything they couldn’t do before. But the pandemic has forced us to reconsider the role of extracurriculars in a student’s life.

According to a recent New York Times article by Shalini Shankar, students should be wary of returning to their pre-pandemic packed schedules. Why? Because we can’t deny the real toll that the pandemic has taken on mental health, and kids just may need to re-evaluate their values. Here are some important questions to consider when re-building an extracurricular schedule.

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Topics: Community Service, college preparation, college admissions, SAT/ACT, college counseling, high school senior, high school junior, extracurriculars

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