<p>Did anyone else out there have a weird interview for Bryn Mawr? I just had my interview today with an alumna and it was really bizarre.</p>
<p>As soon as I told my interviewer that I wanted to do a double major in English and East Asian Studies, she discouraged me from doing so. She said that both she and people who work at Bryn Mawr look down upon double majors, and recommended that I avoid doing one.</p>
<p>And then she discouraged me from majoring in English and said that perhaps I should do Comparative Literature instead. I then highlighted the differences between the two and explained why I would rather do English. And then she brought up other majors that she thought I should do! It was like she scorned upon me wanting to major in English. She acted like it was a fleeting passion, even though I thoroughly explained my love of reading and writing. Seriously, these have been my top two passions since I was 8, and I explained this! Why was she discouraging me from pursuing what I love?</p>
<p>And then we got talking about AP classes...and she told me that both her and Bryn Mawr don't care about APs at all and that she herself scorns upon them. She said that Bryn Mawr makes you take all intro classes anyway (except things like science), even if you did get a 5 on the AP exam. Is this true?</p>
<p>She barely asked me any questions about myself, and she didn't ask any common interview questions at all. These are the questions she asked me:
- "What made you choose your current high school?" (My mom chose it for me; I didn't really have a say.)
- "Are you happy with your mom's choice?"
- "Do you like your current school?"
- "What other colleges are you applying to?" When I listed a lot of women's colleges, she asked, "Why is a women's college desirable to you?"
- "What era of literature are you interested in?" And then, when I told her Gothic literature (Edgar Allan Poe, Brontes, Emily Dickinson, etc.) she asked, "Why do you think some people love Heathcliff while others hate him?" And then she grilled me on Heathcliff for 15 minutes...by the way, that was 1/4 of our interview. And it was in the middle of it.
- "Are you part of any social activities OUTSIDE of school?" When I said no and tried to tie it back to my school clubs and leadership positions, she interrupted and said, "It's perfectly okay if you aren't. I'm currently writing a book about hermits." I mean, what the h***?!</p>
<p>...and that was just about it. When I asked her if she was going to ask me any questions about myself, do you know how she responded? She looked me up and down and said, "Oh, I meet a lot of teenagers your age for interviews, so I know you guys pretty well. I think I have a good idea of who you are." O-kay, and what does THAT mean? How'd she get a feel of my personality by asking bizarre questions like that?</p>
<p>It was all really weird. I've done interviews for both Wellesley and Smith, and neither of them were anything like this! She didn't even ask me why I was applying to Bryn Mawr. Is this normal? Has anyone else had a Bryn Mawr interview like this?</p>