I applied to the TASS (Telluride Association Sophomore Seminars) and was surprised to learn that I have actually been considered.
I mean, there are a list of reasons why I knew I wasn't going to get anywhere in the process. To start, my hand-writing is atrocious and I'm not sure the application was all too legible. Also, I didn't find out about the program until the week before the application/transcript/recommendation/essays were all due. Then I procrastinated the process and barely got the recommendation and transcript in time and then wrote all five essays on the postmarked due date. I then got to the post office half an hour after it had already closed. I managed to ship it the next day but later that same day I realized that I hadn't completed a question on the application because I started one of the questions before going to sleep one day and continued completing the application the next day but for some reason I didn't finish that first question I started. And I stopped literally mid-sentence so there's no way to tell what I was saying or going to say. And worst of all, it's stressed that the majority of the application process is based on the essays that were supposed to be written. I can't write my way out of a paper bag (if that made any sense). I mean my writing skills are enough to maintain decent grades, but I'm not happy with them at all and I didn't even have a chance to read them over before sending them, let alone revising them. Sooo, I was 99% sure there was no way I'd even be considered for this program and only sent it in because I didn't want to put all I'd done to waste and wanted a formal rejection letter (didn't want to leave any room for me to regret it in the future).
Today I get a flimsy letter in the mail with the return address being from the Telluride Association. Clearly only a single sheet of paper inside, I open it up laughing to myself as to why I don't simply accept the fact that they responded at all as a victory and cut my losses, tossing the envelope. But, out of curiosity, and the fact that this would be my first "rejection letter" and the novelty of that fact alone was worth it, I opened the envelope to read "I am pleased to inform you that you have been chosen as a finalist for the 2009 Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar (TASS)."
I really don't know if this means anything or if practically everyone gets an interview, but basically I'm to wait for a representative to contact me and schedule a time/place for the interview. I'd really like to attend this program, but I didn't think I had any shot at it at all so I'm completely dumbfounded by this. Anyone have any advice for what to expect and/or how to mange the interview?
I understand basic interview protocol and stuff (though any tips on the subject would still be appreciated) but how would I respond to questions about my application or something? The Interview is supposed to center around my application and essays and the interviewer is supposed to have a copy of it. If I were in the place of the adcom and I only had my application to go by, I'd just throw it out. So I guess, what could I possibly do to sway any poor opinion of me that may have been produced by my application and essays?