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Tips for alumnae interview?

CoquettishCoquettish Registered User Posts: 518 Member
edited February 2006 in Smith College
Hey girls,

I have an interview with an alumna from Smith tomorrow morning. For those that have already had interviews, are there any suggestions you could give me?

For example, do the interviewers focus on specific questions (i.e. What academic field are you most likely to pursue?; What organizations/clubs would you like to join at Smith?; Why did you apply to Smith?) or do they allow the interview to go in whichever direction it naturally leans?

Thanks in advance for your help :-)
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  • roadlesstraveledroadlesstraveled Registered User Posts: 1,146 Senior Member
    All of the above.

    What she won’t, an better not, ask are your grades or SATs

    If the interviewer asks what other colleges you’re applying to, and she may, list only your safeties. I don’t consider that lying by exclusion. In reality, I don’t feel it’s a necessary question or any colleges business.. If Smith is your 1st choice (and it honestly is ) make that abundantly clear. I can make a big difference if you’re on the fence, so to speak.
  • CoquettishCoquettish Registered User Posts: 518 Member
    Oh yeah, I HATE it when college interviewers ask what other colleges one is looking at. I never know what to say...should I include my reach schools? Should I pick several that are all of the same caliber?
  • BJM8BJM8 Registered User Posts: 1,279 Senior Member
    My D had two interviews on the same day: one at Smith and one with an alumna. Neither asked her about other schools she was applyng to; that were more interested in learning about her as a person. (interestingly, however, is that she also had interviews with Brown, Wellesley, Tufts and Brandeis; and all of them asked about other schools she was applying to). I remember the conversation that we had after her two Smith interviews and my D remarked that her Smith interviews were much more personal in nature. The others were more business like. Her Smith Alumna interview was at her home about a one hour drive from where we lived, and she was a joy to meet. Granted that was a rather busy day, and we logged a lot of miles, but very worth it in the end. All of her thoughts and beliefs regarding Smith were solidified by the end of that day!

    Both asked her questions about potential majors and what she enjoyed studying. Why she thought Smith was right for her? And quite honestly, they let the conversation go in the direction my D felt comfortable with. (at least that's what she says). I wasn't in the room, obviously.

    Just relax and be yourself; and as stated before, if Smith is your first choice, by all means let them know that and tell them why.
  • BJM8BJM8 Registered User Posts: 1,279 Senior Member
    Only 10 in the morning EST and so much to say! My D also wished to add these words as well. "Smith is the only place that really cared about me and who I am. They asked about my home life, my current high school, why I want to attend an all girls school, and let me talk in great length about my love "ballet". "They cared about me, ____ the young woman who will embarking on a new pursuit in life, they asked me about my dreams and aspirations." Other colleges just wanted to know "why them?"

    There you go...from the mouths of babes.
  • CoquettishCoquettish Registered User Posts: 518 Member
    Thanks BJM8 for the great info. Is your daughter currently at Smith?
  • BJM8BJM8 Registered User Posts: 1,279 Senior Member
    No...She was admitted ED II for class of 2010. Currently finishing up her high school studies. Although, she can't wait to get started; I don't think I've ever seen her so excited about something other than performing and dancing ballet. Are you applying to Smith for the same class?
  • CoquettishCoquettish Registered User Posts: 518 Member
    Yes, I am applying to Smith for the Class of 2010...however, I applied under Regular Decision. How exactly does ED II work? Is it binding? I did Early Evaluation for Wellesley, but it's not binding. I'll find in late Feb.
  • BJM8BJM8 Registered User Posts: 1,279 Senior Member
    Coquettish...yes, ED II is binding. My D was quite positive about Smith being her first choice however. After visiting three times, two interviews, talking to students, the place just is a perfect fit for her. She also had apps into Brown and Wellesley as well. She was earlier deferred by Amherst. I must say she enjoyed writing her letters of "thank you but no thank you." Especially to Amherst where as she said, "Now I can tell them I'm not interested." *LOL*
  • CoquettishCoquettish Registered User Posts: 518 Member
    Awesome, your daughter must be relieved that she is already in college! *sigh* I wish I knew I was already accepted somewhere. Nevertheless, second semester of senior year is so chill, it's amazing!
  • BJM8BJM8 Registered User Posts: 1,279 Senior Member
    Senior year is not so chill for her, unfortunately. She's taking three AP's and is fighting for class standing (currently #2). Makes the year go by faster, she says.
  • roadlesstraveledroadlesstraveled Registered User Posts: 1,146 Senior Member
    Coquettish, I noticed you're very excited about Wellesley also. Have you visited either college? They're very different colleges in /very, very/ different types of towns. Smith has the 5 college consortium and an incredible pre med advising dept. The admission officer at Duke Medical informed me of that fact. But I’m sure Wellesley’s is excellent too.
    Don’t pick a college because you love the alumna interviewer or admission officer, Smith included---my daughter almost made that mistake with a LAC in Maine. Thankfully, she visited and found she was less enamored with the area and college than expected. Without the visit, there's chance she might be a student there today. Interviewers are handpicked and aren’t always a true representation of the student body as a whole. That certainly was the case regarding both Wellesley and Smith for my daughter. There was an issue with another LAC in Maine. The women was wonderful, but at 60+ really didn’t have her finger on the actual pulse of what the college life was actually like.

    Visit and meet numerous students before you make a final decision. An overnight would be great, if possible.

    Great luck with your Wellesley EA decision and your college search

    OT-- You mention you live in the middle of nowhere. It’s none of my business, but what state? I've lived in half the US so I'm sure I can relate :)
  • TheDadTheDad Registered User, ! Posts: 10,225 Senior Member
    I agree. If my daughter had picked a college based on "best interview" or "best ballet experience," she'd be at Barnard. She has further scoped out Barnard through either friends or friends of friends and is confirmed in her opinion that she made the right choice.
  • stacystacy Registered User Posts: 1,100 Senior Member
    i would offer a slightly different read on the "what colleges are you applying to?" question. In my interview, which was at smith with an admissions officer, the question did come up. i never considered "gaming" the answer, and told them the truth--an ivy, a few large research universities, and one place overseas in the country where i'd spent a year as an exchange student. the counselor told me how much a family member had liked the ivy i was applying to (in fact i ended up applying ED there but got deferred then rejected) and i remember feeling weird about the whole thing, like maybe i hadn't convinced them enough that i really liked smith (and I did! i mean, I was reading Jill Ker Conway's book on the trip to campus!). Clearly it all worked out fine though, because i got in, i got a big scholarship, i came, and i love it.

    just tell the truth and don't worry about saying the "wrong" list of colleges. I believe they can see which other schools you sent your FAFSA to, anyway.
  • TheDadTheDad Registered User, ! Posts: 10,225 Senior Member
    Funny, but when D (with us in tow) was informally interviewing someone at Mory's [faculty club] at Yale and asked what schools D was applying to, when D got to "Smith", the Yale employee interrupted and said, "Now that's a really great choice." Did not interrupt about H, S, Wellesley, Barnard...just Smith.

    I'm so glad that period of time is passed...I was about ready to start chewing my moustaches.
  • BJM8BJM8 Registered User Posts: 1,279 Senior Member
    Good adcomms know the schools you applied to because of the paperwork you fill out and the fafsa. Perhaps some ask that question to get a rise out of you, and to try and make sure that their college is your number one choice. I still disagree with the question, and I don't believe it belongs in an interview.

    I, too, am so glad that the process is over. I don't have a moustache, but my toenails are rather short.
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